17 Jul 2020

New visa and permanent residence options for Hong Kong citizens in Australia

Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has announced several changes to allow Hong Kong citizens to extend their stay in Australia. Here’s what you need to know:

Hong Kong citizens who hold a Skilled or Graduate Visa will be able to extend their stay by five years, followed by a pathway to Permanent Residence (PR). This is effective immediately.

Current or future Student Visa holders from Hong Kong will now also be able to stay for five years after graduating, followed by a pathway to PR.

-A new five-year temporary skilled visa and pathway to PR will be available for future skilled migrants from Hong Kong. Applicants will need to be suitably skilled and qualified according to an updated skills list and market testing.

-A direct pathway to PR will be available to visa holders from Hong Kong after three years of study or work in regional areas.

-Australia’s extradition agreement with Hong Kong has now been suspended.

-Hong Kong-based businesses wishing to establish their business in Australia will also be welcomed to help boost job creation.

-The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade has updated its travel advice for Hong Kong and warned of an ‘increased risk of detention’.

If you have any visa or migration concerns, please do not hesitate to get in touch. Immigracious’ Registered Migration Agents are here to support you – simply contact us on +61 8 6263 4406 or

Press Conference – Prime Minister, Scott Morrison
SBS News

Sheila Woods

Posted by: Sheila Woods

A very experienced migration agent, Sheila has always been fascinated by this field. Her university degree thesis was on Australia’s post-war immigration history (and it earned her first-class honours).

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