Whilst there was concern that the rate of applications was slowing down with the changes in the complying investment regime from 1 July 2015, there is still strong interest in Australia’s Significant Investor Visa (SIV) Business and Innovation Visa program.
In the first year, as migration agents and potential applicants got used to the new investment regime, there were only 24 visas granted. However in the eight months to 28 February 2017 there have been a further 112 visas approved taking the total number of SIV2’s to 136.
This means there will be $68M invested during the 12 months following into venture capital and growth private equity in Australia, plus $204M into Australian small company shares and $408M in managed funds investing in corporate bonds, commercial property and shares.
According to the Department of Immigration and Border Protection, the total number of SIV’s granted since the commencement of the program on 24 November 2012 is currently 1,746. Two-thirds of the SIV2 applicants have accepted nominations to live in Victoria, a few to WA and the rest to NSW.
We are now starting to see those early applicants hit the 4-year minimum term and converting their temporary visa to permanent residency. Applicants will start to move themselves and their families to Australia and be looking out for additional investment opportunities in businesses, agriculture, education and other services to leverage their networks in China.
For Australian advisory and services professionals with cross-jurisdictional expertise, there will be ongoing opportunities to serve these wealthy migrants.
Those interested in working with HNW Chinese and their families can’t afford to miss the upcoming BasisPoint event on SIV – Chinese investment and integration in Sydney on Wednesday 3rd May – details here.
Stacey Martin is an SIV Consultant and Founder of the Expat Advisors Community professional network. With an extensive career in financial services and private wealth management, Stacey assists SIV applicants to navigate the process with the right service from the right professional at the right time. She is the author of “Smooth Road to Travel – China to Australia” which can be downloaded here.
Interview with John Grealy, Sales Manager Doltone House
In this 20 minute podcast, find out why Aus-China organisations such as BasisPoint, Australia China Business Council, AccessCN and our own Melbourne Cup event are taking advantage of their tailored proposition to the Chinese market.
A veteran in sales, John also shares his tips on using social media and conversation triggers for building a successful business.
To listen to the interview with John on the SME Radio website here>> or download on ITunes: SME Radio ACBC
You can also download the Doltone House brochure in Chinese here.
Chinese integration and investment in Australia is the focus of the next BasisPoint Significant Investor Visa (SIV) event. It provides a leadership platform for the Chinese-Australian sector to discuss Chinese investments and integration in Australia.
Guest speakers will share insights on:
- The impact of recent Chinese SIV, high-net-worth and business migrants on investment and consumption in Australia
- How future generations of Chinese-Australians will evolve and participate in Australian society
- Assimilation within Australia as Australia engages further with Asia
- Lessons for recent Chinese migrants from European migrant success stories.
Date: Wednesday 3 May 2107
Time: 12 pm to 2.45 pm including networking time
Venue: Doltone House, 161 Elizabeth St, Hyde Park, Sydney
RSVP: BasisPoint here
Cost: $180 per head (discount code “vipstacey8”)
For sponsor tables contact me on 0413 127 677 or firstname.lastname@example.org for details.
Having worked as a diplomat and management consultant in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), Cynthia Dearin, author of Camels, Sheiks and Billionaires, shares some amazing experiences from living and working in Cairo, Iran and Qatar.
Today Cynthia runs Dearin Associates helping SME’s enter fast-growing markets and has, following demand from clients, extended her offering to the China market. Continue reading Listen to Cynthia Dearin share her Middle-East experience and why China now?