December 2, 2021

Hong Kong and Australian Visas

Many Hong Kongers come to Australia each year.

The Peak Hong Kong

Hong Kong and Australia

The Australian Financial Review reports that there is a “Surge in number of Hong Kongers wanting to live in Australia”. The article notes that “The number of Hong Kong citizens looking to move [to] Australia has risen sharply since proposed extradition laws fuelled growing concerns about the erosion of civil liberties under Chinese rule in the city”.

Although the extradition law amendment has been halted, many Hong Kongers are still exploring leaving overseas.

Source: Australian Financial Review. 

Hong Kongers coming to Australia has a long history. The Australian Department of Social Services reports that:

“Since 1901, Australian Censuses have recorded Hong Kong-born persons as a separate birthplace group. During the gold rush years of the 1850s, a large number of Chinese came to Australia with Hong Kong as their point of departure. However, immigration restrictions from 1901 excluded most non-Europeans from entering Australia.

“The easing of immigration restrictions in the late 1960s and early 1970s led to an increase in Chinese migration to Australia. Most Hong Kong-born people arrived in Australia after the mid-1980s under the Skilled Migration Program and Concessional Family Migration Program. By 1986 there were 28 288 Hong Kong-born in Australia. Many students from Hong Kong and Southeast Asia also came to Australia and some of them remained in Australia after graduation. In 1993 students from Hong Kong accounted for about 20 per cent of the full fee-paying students in Australia.

“A large number of business and professional people migrated to Australia prior to Hong Kong’s hand-over to China. During the period from 1984 to 1996 settler arrivals from Hong Kong numbered 75 480, representing the largest source of skilled Asian migration to Australia.”

Source: Australian Department of Social Services.

Thousands of students from Hong Kong choose to study in Australia each year

Hong Kongers Are Very Welcome in Australia

Hong Kongers in Australia

The Department of Social Services also reports that “The latest Census in 2011 recorded 74 955 Hong Kong-born people in Australia, an increase of 4.4 per cent from the 2006 Census. The 2011 distribution by state and territory showed New South Wales had the largest number with 38 568 followed by Victoria (18 204), Queensland (8729) and Western Australia (4757).

Source: Australian Department of Social Services.

Australians in Hong Kong

Australia and Hong Kong have strong bi-lateral relations. For instance, the Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong notes that “Hong Kong has one of the largest Australian communities abroad with around 100,000 Australians living in Hong Kong. Approximately 96,000 people from Hong Kong live in Australia, and more than 600 Australian businesses have a presence in Hong Kong.”

Source: Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong.

Australia is the second most popular overseas English-speaking study destination with 15 per cent of the market share

Many Students from Hong Kong Study in Australia

Hong Kong Students in Australia

The Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong also reports that “Australia has a strong education and training relationship with Hong Kong and is one of the major English-speaking study destinations for students from Hong Kong.  Hong Kong is home to more than 120,000 alumni from Australian universities.”

Source: Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong.

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission reports that “According to the Hong Kong Education Bureau, Australia is the second most popular overseas English-speaking study destination with 15 per cent of the market share, with the United Kingdom in first place at 19%. This places Australia as a leading study destination ahead of the United States (7%) and Canada (4%). In 2017, there were 17,772 student enrolments from Hong Kong to Australia”.

Source: The Australian Trade and Investment Commission.

Thousands of students from Hong Kong choose to study in Australia each year because of our internationally recognised qualifications, highly qualified lecturers and course options, competitive living and tuition costs, and multicultural study environment

Sydney, Home of Many International Students

Why Hong Kongers Study in Australia

The Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong notes that:

“Australia offers a very high standard of education with a wide range of choices, which makes us a highly popular study destination for international students.

“Thousands of students from Hong Kong choose to study in Australia each year because of our internationally recognised qualifications, highly qualified lecturers and course options, competitive living and tuition costs, and multicultural study environment. Add a great lifestyle and a welcoming environment and Hong Kong students feel very much at home.”

Source: Australian Consulate-General Hong Kong.

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Business, Work, Working Holiday and Other Australian Visas for Hong Kongers

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