Australia paves way for business relocation and permanent residency for some

Local | 9 Jul 2020 1:01 pm

Changes announced in Australia today by Prime Minister Scott Morrison would provide a pathway to permanent residency in Australia for some Hong Kong residents, the Acting Immigration Minister Alan Tudge said.

“Current and future students from Hong Kong will be eligible for a five-year temporary graduate visa on the successful conclusion of their studies, and that will come with a pathway for permanent residency," he said.

Temporary skilled visa holders currently in Australia will be offered an additional five years in Australia, with a path to citizenship, while future applicants for temporary skilled visas will be given five-year visas if they meet skills shortages.

Applicants from Hong Kong that put their hand up for talent and business innovation programs will be prioritized to come to Australia, and the government says it will incentivize businesses to move from Hong Kong to Australia.

Tudge said that would come with a "package of visas" to allow staff to relocate to Australia and work towards permanent residency.

"We know that many individuals now might be looking elsewhere, because they do want to be in a freer country, they want to be in a democratic country," Tudge said.

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