Special fiver years visa arrangements for Hong Kong

Australian Fiver years Visa Extension

Five years visa arrangements for Hong Kong Students

  • Current and future students from Hong Kong will be eligible for a five year
    temporary graduate visa 485, with a pathway to permanent residency after five years.
  •  Former students already on a temporary graduate visa  485 will be eligible for an extension of five years from today in addition to the time they’ve already been in Australia, with a pathway to permanent residency at the end of that period.
  • Students who study at a regional campus will continue to be able to access a
    pathway to permanent residency after three years.

Fiver years visa extension for Hong Kong Temporary skilled workers

Current temporary skilled visa holders from Hong Kong will be eligible for an
extension of five years from 9 July 2020 in addition to the time they’ve already been in Australia, with a pathway to permanent residency at the end of that period.

Future Hong Kong applicants for temporary skilled visas will be eligible for a five year visa, provided they:
  • meet occupational skills lists and Labour Market Testing requirements;
  • or qualify through the Global Talent temporary visa scheme, which is for
    exceptional talent where the sponsoring employer pays above the Fair Work
    High Income Threshold of $153,600.
These future temporary skilled visa holders will also have a pathway to permanent
residency after five years.

Attracting the best and brightest from Hong kong

  • The Government will bolster efforts to attract Hong Kong’s best and brightest
    through the Global Talent and Business Innovation and Investment Programs( visa 188&132), both part of the permanent migration program.
  • These programs will be prioritised and a dedicated Global Talent officer will focus on

Facilitating the Hong Kong caseload

To support future applications, the visa application centre we will be re-open in Hong Kong which shut down during COVID-19.

Attracting businesses

New incentives will be developed to attract export-oriented Hong Kong based
businesses to relocate to Australia. As well as economic incentives, there will be
permanent visa pathways available for all critical Hong Kong based staff of the
relocated business. The government will particularly target businesses that
presently operate their regional headquarters out of Hong Kong who may be looking
to relocate to a democratic country.

There are almost 10,000 existing temporary skilled, temporary graduate and student visa holders in Australia who will be eligible for these special arrangements, with a further 2,500 outside Australia and 1,250 applications on hand.

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