Migrant help centre opening

PERTH business migrants will have access to a one-stop-shop help desk with the launch of the Business Migration Centre – the first of its kind in Australia.

Run by the Small Business Development Corporation from its 553 Hay Street headquarters, the centre will help newly-arrived migrants to access information on business visa criteria and requirements and key business contacts as well as information on WA’s economic and lifestyle attributes.

The new centre to be launched on October 8 by WA Small Business Minister Clive Brown, will also provide information about SBDC services available for business migrants including the Business Migrant Incentive Program.

This program provides business migrants with a financial contribution towards the cost of engaging a WA-based consultant to prepare a business plan to support a Long Stay Temporary Residency Business Visa 457 application.

It offers assistance of up to $1,000 toward the costs of a business proposal and a 50 per cent contribution up to a maximum of $3,500 for a business plan.

Besides the services provided by the SBDC, Perth has been chosen by the Federal Government as one of only three business migration processing centres. The other two centres are in Hong Kong and Taipei.

Operating since July 1, the Perth Business Skills Processing Centre, run by the Commonwealth Department of Immigration & Indigenous Affairs, is responsible for the receipt and processing of new business skills applications.

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