INVESTMENT OPTIONS 188A / 188B /188C/188D/188E



Australia Residency Benefits

Australia is a developed country and one of the wealthiest in the world, with the world's 12th-largest economy. In 2012 Australia had the world's fifth-highest per capita income, Australia's military expenditure is the world's 13th-largest. With the second-highest human development index globally, Australia ranks highly in many international comparisons of national performance, such as quality of life, health, education, economic freedom, and the protection of civil liberties and political rights. Australia is a member of the United Nations, G20, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), World Trade Organization, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation, and the Pacific Islands Forum.


Common Criteria

Applicant must:

  • Demonstrate they will live in the Northern Territory(i.e. will reside in the Northern Territory) and meet the standard genuine intention criteria put in place for all applicants

  • Demonstrate they have a clear understanding of what the criteria are and what their obligations are;

  • Have sufficient fund of their own for settlement;

  • Provide fulsome and accurate application

  • Must disclose all relevant information

  • Not have links to other regions of Australia, unless they also have strong links to the northern territory;

  • If they do not have strong links to the Northern Territory, they may only be eligible for a provisional visa.

  • Meet Australia Government threshold criteria; and

  • Submit Nomination applications though the relevant application process within 2 months of signing an agreement with Paspalis Group

Skilled migration specific criteria:

Applicant must:

  • Meet Australia Government threshold criteria for the relevant visa;

  • Be nominated for an occupation on the Northern Territory Skilled Occupation Priority List (NT SOPL) AND on the relevant Australian Government occupation list; and

  • Must not be an International Student, unless they have Strong Links to the Northern Territory

Processing Time: 12 months


Common Criteria 

  • Be under 55

  • Have a complying entrepreneur activity

You must be undertaking, or proposing to undertake, a complying entrepreneur activity in Australia. You must have a genuine intention to continue this activity.

A complying entrepreneur activity must relate to an innovative idea that will lead to:

  • the commercialisation of a product or service in Australia, or

  • the development of an enterprise or business in Australia

This activity must not relate to any of the following categories:

  • residential real estate

  • labour hire

  • purchase of an existing enterprise or a franchise in Australia

  • If you were invited to apply on or after 1 July 2021, be endorsed by a recognised body

If you were invited to apply for this visa on or after 1 July 2021, you must be endorsed by your nominating State or Territory government agency to develop your entrepreneurial concepts.

To check your eligibility, contact:

  • Have competent English

Processing Time: 6-12 months



Target sectors

  • Resources

  • Agri-food and AgTech

  • Energy

  • Health industries

  • Defence, advanced manufacturing and space

  • Circular economy

  • DigiTech

  • Infrastructure and tourism

  • Financial services and FinTech

  • Education​

Expected salary threshold

Candidates should have the ability to attract a salary at or above the Fair Work high income threshold (FWHIT), which is currently AUD158,500. This figure is adjusted annually on 1 ​July.

In assessing whether a candidate is likely to have the ability to meet this salary threshold, the Department will consider:

  • current salary evidenced through payslips or a contract, or

  • future job offers outlining remuneration, or

  • recent PhD or Masters graduates in the target sectors.

Apply for the visa

Complete your Distinguished Talent visa application in ImmiAccount.

As part of the application, you will need to be endorsed by a nominator who has a national reputation in the same field as you and is either:

  • an eligible Australian citizen, resident

  • eligible New Zealand citizen

  • an Australian organization.

Processing Time: 3-6 months


Common Criteria

Applicant must:


  • Your occupation must be on the relevant list of eligible skilled occupations.

  • Unless exempt, most applicants need to have at least 3 years relevant work experience in their occupation.

  • Applicants who are exempt from the skills assessment requirement are also exempt from the work experience requirement.

  • Have sufficient fund of their own for settlement;

  • You must be licensed, registered or a member of a professional body if it is mandatory in the state or territory you intend to work in.

  • Most applicants need to have a skills assessment that shows they have the skills to work in the nominated position. Learn more about skills assessments.

  • You must be nominated by an Australian employer whose business is actively and lawfully operating.

  • You must apply for the visa within 6 months of the nomination being approved.

  • you must be under 45 years of age when you apply.

  • You must have at least competent English to be granted this stream of the visa.

Processing Time: 6-12 months


Common Criteria

Applicant must:

  • You must be under 45 years of age when you apply for the visa.

  • You must be nominated by an employer whose business is lawfully operating in Australia.

  • You must be employed to work in the nominated occupation and in a position within the sponsoring business or an associated entity of that business, located in a designated regional area of Australia.

  • If you are the primary visa applicant, you must demonstrate that you have the skills, qualifications and work experience necessary to perform the nominated occupation. 

  • You must have your skills assessed as suitable for the nominated occupation by the relevant assessing authority. The assessment will show us you have the skills to work in the nominated occupation.

  • have worked in your nominated occupation for the employer who nominated you at all time during those 3 years

  • had annual earnings for each of those 3 years, that were equal to or greater than the Fair Work High Income Threshold that applied at the end of the relevant year

Processing Time: 6-12 months