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Stacey Martin, Specialist Wealth Advisor - Expatriates and Significant Investor Visa, NAB Private Wealth. Based in Sydney, Stacey provides personal advice for executives, business owners and their families who's careers take them offshore. As Asia Ambassador, and Chair of NAB's Significant Investor Visa (SIV) proposition, Stacey works closely with migration, banking, tax and legal specialists to deliver an integrated service for investment migrants. She also founded the Expat Advisors Community for professionals with internationally connected clients.

A further 38 SIV2’s granted in the last two months

Whilst off to a slow start, there have now been 193 temporary resident visa’s granted under the new investment regime introduced from 1 July 2015. This takes the total number of SIV visas granted to 1,824 since the commencement of the programme on 24 November 2012.

The 31 May 2017 statistics from the Department of Immigration and Border Protection also show whilst the majority of the applicants continue to come from China and Hong Kong, there has been a slight increase in those from Malaysia, South Africa and Vietnam.

The NSW government recently completed their second annual trip to China which this year included Malaysia and Vietnam. However, with five delegations under their belt in Victoria, they still have around double the number of applicants, with just a handful applying to Queensland and Western Australia.

The mandatory venture capital component of $500,000 is speculated to rise to the $1M suggested when the new rules were announced. Austrade is currently seeking feedback on this and some other technical issues within the program with any submissions due by the e of July, 2017.

Stacey Martin, Founder of Expat Advisors Community, is an Investor Migration Consultant for Australia and New Zealand. If you would like assistance and connections to a range of experts to make the journey as smooth as possible contact us here.

Aus-China business: now to the how!

We have all been hearing about Why China and the scale of the opportunities which are massive. But how can you navigate the market and be confident there is demand for your project or service, ensure marketing is tailored to the culture and importantly get the right introductions to support your business growth objectives.
Expat Advisors Community

We are a group of professionals that serve international clients, predominantly from Asia. Contact us for to be part of our network, for relevant business introductions or attend our own and partner forums including the annual Asian Financial Forum delegation. www.expatadvisorscommunity.com.au

Significant Investor Visa (SIV) – Consulting and Concierge services

Since the changes to the investment framework for this inbound migration program, it is even more important that potential applicants, the majority from China, get the right advice from the right professional at the right time.

We welcome potential applicants and migration agents to contact us to see how we can support you throughout the journey and for product and solution providers to ensure they have an appropriate proposition to serve this market. www.sivconsultant.com.au

Business Connections and Support Services 

Expat Advisors Community works with a number of trusted partners. and subjects to your needs and objectives can provide shortcut by arranging appropriate introductions. These currently include:

Dearin & Associates: International Business Accelerator course – details here. 

Farms and Finance: connecting Australian agriculture with Chinese capital – details here.

Australian Services Roundtable: SME mentoring for internationalisation – details here.

BasisPoint: SIV events and China market intelligence.

More on our range of Aus-China Business and Consulting services here.

Exploring Vietnam: from business to leisure

Stacey Martin with Dominica Nelson and Suzanne Gilham from NSW Trade & Investment.
Vietnam is somewhat like China but in many ways quite different. It is part of the group of 10 ASEAN countries. Its land size is similar to New Zealand but has a population of around 90 million people.
Some observations from my recent “Bliesure” trip

Continue reading Exploring Vietnam: from business to leisure

The benefits of Chinese Investment in Australia

Partners in prosperity: The benefits of Chinese investment in Australia

– a report by Deloitte Access Economics for the Australia China Business Council and sponsored by ANZ

Chinese foreign investment can play a very positive role in ensuring Australia’s ongoing economic security and prosperity. Australia rode on the sheep’s back for most of the 19th Century, and today Australia stands to benefit from Asia’s increasing demand for high-quality food products. Continue reading The benefits of Chinese Investment in Australia

New Zealand Investor Visa includes residential real estate

Immigration New Zealand has made a smart move to discourage applicants from placing investments entirely in bonds. From 22 May 2017,  where 50% of the investor visa funds are invested in “growth oriented” investments, the amount that is required for the Investor 2 visa is discounted by NZD 500,000.

With similar climates, wide-open spaces, good schooling and a strong economy, like Australian, New Zealand is an attractive destination for migration and is already popular in China.

Investor 1 (Plus) Category – 3 years

This investor visa is NZD 10 M. Where 25% is invested in “growth oriented” investments the physical presence requirement of 88 days will now be spread over 3 years, rather than 44 days each in years 2 and 3.

Investor 2 Category – 4 years

This investor visa is now NZD 3M up from NZD 1.5M which also required NZD 1.0M of settlement funds. Under the new rules only NZD 2.5M will be required where 50% is invested in “growth oriented” investments. The physical presence requirement of 438 days to be spread over the 4 year term rather than 146 days in years 2,3 and 4.

Note there is a limit on the number of these visas of 400, increased from 300. There is also a softer “business experience” definition of 3 years, although English language skills are required and applicants must be under age 65.

Acceptable Investments

  • Growth oriented investments – New Zealand shares unlisted or listed either directly or through managed funds, and new residential property developments designed for commercial return, not personal use
  • Non-growth oriented investments – New Zealand Government and corporate bonds including banking and financial firms, and philanthropy to a maximum of 15%.

New Zealand Citizenship

Once the visa has been granted the pathway to permanent residency is just one year. Further, the opportunity to include investment in certain “off-the-plan” property will be well received by those who prefer investing in real estate and want to have a home for the family or children studying at the end of the four-year visa term.

For those who are weighing up the options, the NZ Investor 2 being equivalent to AUD 2.2M is less than half the amount of Australia’s AUD 5M Significant Investor Visa.

Stacey Martin is the founder of Expat Advisors Community, a network for professionals with internationally connected clients. With a background in financial services, today Stacey consults on investor migration managing relationships between Asia, in particular, China, Vietnam and India and Australia and New Zealand. She is the author of Smooth Road to Travel: China to Australia”.

For more information contact Stacey Martin via help@migrationalliance.com.au or call +61 (0) 413 127 677.