Hong Kong people can now apply for new permanent visas in Australia

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The Australian government announced that it would create two permanent residency visas for Hong Kong people who have lived in Australia for a long time (Nov 1).
According to Minister for Immigration Alex Hawke, over 9,000 Hong Kong people in Australia on temporary visas will be able to apply for permanent visas when they open in March. Beijing’s imposition of national security law and changes to Hong Kong’s voting system has been criticized by Australia.
These actions, according to Canberra, jeopardize rights and the high level of autonomy that China had promised until 2047.
In the 18 months to July 2021, about 6,000 Hong Kong citizens in Australia have been granted permanent visas, and 9,250 applications were filed, immigration department records show. “These new visas will provide a pathway for temporary graduates and temporary skilled workers from Hong Kong currently in Australia on extended visas, and will build on the already close family connections and economic ties with Hong Kong that have existed for many years,” Mr. Hawke said in a statement. The visas will be available to Hong Kong and British National Overseas passport holders.

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