Visas for Hong Kong Passport Holders
The Department of Home Affairs has recently announced a range of concessions for Hong Kong passport holders as part of a new safe haven scheme in response to China’s national security legislation.
From March 2022, Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders will have access to new pathways to permanent residency.
The Hong Kong (Regional) (subclass 191) visa will allow applicants living, working or studying in regional areas to apply for permanent residency. Applicants must have been usually resident in Australia for three years before applying. The Subclass 189 visa now also have a Hong Kong Stream for visa holders who were usually resident in Australia for four years before applying.
We do note that in order to apply for either visa subclass, applicants must be the primary visa holder of a subclass 457, 482 or 485 visa granted on or after 9 July 2020.