On 9 July 2020, Prime Minister Hon Scott Morrison MP together with Acting Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs Hon Alan Tudge MP announced new visa arrangements for Hong Kong passport holders to remain in Australia, with pathways to permanent residency.
In summary, the new arrangements are:
- Hong Kong citizens who hold a Temporary Graduate or Temporary Skilled work visa will be able to extend their stay by five years, with a pathway to permanent residency.
- Current and Future student visa holders will be eligible for a five year graduate visa from the conclusion of their studies, with a pathway to permanent residency.
- Future Hong Kong applicants for temporary skilled visas will be provided with a five year visa, based on meeting the updated skills lists and Labour Market Testing requirements.
- Existing arrangement will continue to apply for those applicants who study and work in regional areas to help address skills shortages in those areas, with pathways to permanent residency after 3 years.
Please be aware there is no legislation published yet to support how all of the above will work in practice. We expect to receive further information on the new arrangements in the due course.
For further information, please refer to the media release at https://minister.homeaffairs.gov.au/alantudge/Pages/hong-kong-visa-arrangement-20200709.aspx