Hong Kong Residents in Australia Granted New Ways to Permanent Residency

The Australian government has introduced two permanent residence visas for Hong Kong citizens amid concerns over Beijing’s controversial national security law in Hong Kong. It is estimated that about 8,800 existing temporary skilled, temporary graduate, and student visa holders will be eligible for these new visas from March 5, 2022. The subclass 191–the Hong Kong (regional) stream would focus on those who have lived, worked, and studied in designated regional areas for a continuous period of at least three years, while the Subclass 189–the Hong Kong stream is open to Hong Kong nationals who have lived in Australia for a continuous period of at least four years. Both Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders will be eligible to apply for the two visas, which allow for dependents. A protester is detained by police during a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020. (Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images) “These dedicated and simpler visa streams for Hong Kong nationals will attract skills and talent and build business links, helping to boost productivity and create further job opportunities for Australians,” Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said. “These dedicated and simpler visa streams for Hong Kong nationals will attract skills and talent and build business links, helping to boost productivity and create further job opportunities for Australians.” The move is delivering Australia’s commitment in July 2020 to provide pathways to permanent residence for Hong Kongers in Australia, after Beijing imposed a national security law on June 30, 2020, as a response to Hong Kongers’ pro-democracy protests in 2019. Supporters of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters hold placards during a demonstration as part of the global “anti-totalitarianism” movement in Sydney on Sept. 29, 2019. (Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images) The implementation of the controversial law has seen Hong Kong’s protest slogans banned, and freedom of speech and press cracked down, with the only two pro-democracy media, Apple Daily and The Epoch Times, forced to close after intimidation or attacks. Australia has expressed deep concern over the national security law in Hong Kong, saying that the law threatens Hong Kong’s judicial independence and the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in July 2020 that about 10,000 Hong Kongers in Australia could stay in the country for another five years, with opportunities for permanent residency after the period. More information about the pathways to permanent residence for Hong Kong and BNO passport holders can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website. Epoch Times Sydney Staff Follow More articles from this author

Hong Kong Residents in Australia Granted New Ways to Permanent Residency

The Australian government has introduced two permanent residence visas for Hong Kong citizens amid concerns over Beijing’s controversial national security law in Hong Kong.

It is estimated that about 8,800 existing temporary skilled, temporary graduate, and student visa holders will be eligible for these new visas from March 5, 2022.

The subclass 191–the Hong Kong (regional) stream would focus on those who have lived, worked, and studied in designated regional areas for a continuous period of at least three years, while the Subclass 189–the Hong Kong stream is open to Hong Kong nationals who have lived in Australia for a continuous period of at least four years.

Both Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders will be eligible to apply for the two visas, which allow for dependents.

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A protester is detained by police during a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020. (Anthony Wallace/AFP via Getty Images)

“These dedicated and simpler visa streams for Hong Kong nationals will attract skills and talent and build business links, helping to boost productivity and create further job opportunities for Australians,” Australian Immigration Minister Alex Hawke said.

“These dedicated and simpler visa streams for Hong Kong nationals will attract skills and talent and build business links, helping to boost productivity and create further job opportunities for Australians.”

The move is delivering Australia’s commitment in July 2020 to provide pathways to permanent residence for Hong Kongers in Australia, after Beijing imposed a national security law on June 30, 2020, as a response to Hong Kongers’ pro-democracy protests in 2019.

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Supporters of the Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters hold placards during a demonstration as part of the global “anti-totalitarianism” movement in Sydney on Sept. 29, 2019. (Peter Parks/AFP via Getty Images)

The implementation of the controversial law has seen Hong Kong’s protest slogans banned, and freedom of speech and press cracked down, with the only two pro-democracy media, Apple Daily and The Epoch Times, forced to close after intimidation or attacks.

Australia has expressed deep concern over the national security law in Hong Kong, saying that the law threatens Hong Kong’s judicial independence and the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong residents.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced in July 2020 that about 10,000 Hong Kongers in Australia could stay in the country for another five years, with opportunities for permanent residency after the period.

More information about the pathways to permanent residence for Hong Kong and BNO passport holders can be found on the Department of Home Affairs website.


Epoch Times Sydney Staff

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