Subclass 188A: Extension Visa

Transitioning from a provisional Subclass 188 visa to a permanent Subclass 888 visa may not always be smooth. One of the usual reasons is that the relevant criteria are not met by the near-expiry of the Subclass 188 visa in which an extension may be sought up to 2 years.

If the extension is granted in the business stream, the visa holder may lawfully stay in Australia for up to 6 years from the date of the initial visa grant. The extensions are only available once, and should be invoked as a lifeline. Failure to satisfy the requirements of the grant of a Subclass 888 visa by the end of the extended period would jeopardize the prospect of receiving permanent residency.

Requisite Time

The primary visa holder must have held a Subclass 188A visa for at least 3 years to be eligible to apply for extension.


No age requirement applies for the extension application.

Ownership Interest in the Main Business

The visa holders must have had, and continue to have, an ownership interest in one or more actively operating main businesses in Australia for at least 2 years immediately before the extension application is made.

Substantial Presence for Business Operation

The visa holders must demonstrate that they need to be residing in Australia in order to continue operating their main business(es) and manage its day-to-day operations. Nevertheless, this criterion does not require physical presence at all times but substantial.

Application Charges

First Installment

  • Base application charge: $645
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is at least 18: $325
  • Additional applicant charge for an applicant who is less than 18: $165

Second Installment: Nil