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Can a non resident be involved in an Australian business?

Discussion in 'Business & Startup Investing' started by Crusher, 25th Oct, 2009.

  1. Crusher

    Crusher Well-Known Member

    11th Jul, 2008
    Newcastle, NSW
    Hi all,

    There is a couple of questions id like to ask those involved in the starting of businesses and who have maybe dealt with something similar before.

    To keep a long story short - my girlfriend and I would like to start a business together, the only issue is - She is not an Australian resident - yet. She is here on a visa from Canada but wishes to stay permanently. We will have a defacto visa in Feb.

    She is a make-up artist and we'd like to start our own freelancing business for her to work with, but im not sure how to go about it - legally.

    Can we start a partnership business, or company with her not being a resident?

    Should I start a business in my name, then once shes a resident, combine her into the title, etc..

    It's a long shot, but any info or departments i should contact would be appreciated. Thanks
  2. Simon Hampel

    Simon Hampel Co-founder Staff Member

    9th Jun, 2005
    Sydney, Australia
    I would have thought the Dept. of Immigration would be a good place to start? I would think it is a visa issue - it depends on what her current visa allows her to do ?

    ie. a tourist visa probably would not allow her to work - or if it did, there would be strict limits as to how much.

    I'm not sure of the implications of owning or running a business.