Thinking of Migrating to Australia From Hong Kong?
Our Hong Kong Regional Centre of Excellence desk is widely regarded as being World Class in expertise, knowledge and exceptional delivery standards. We are ideally placed to help individuals, families, and businesses Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong.
Hong Kong is a vibrant and dynamic country, a powerhouse economy, with cutting edge healthcare and one of the lowest crime rates in the World. Why then are people lining up to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong?
Why Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong
There are many reasons why people want to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong, such as creating a better future for their families, a good work-life balance, furthering their studies or maybe just to escape the hustle and bustle of city life.
Here at Lets Go Global we’ve assisted many people move to Australia from Hong Kong, from all walks of life and both expats as well as HongKongers.
When most people migrate to Australia from Hong Kong they have deep family or personal reasons for moving. For some, it’s a life long dream, for others, it’s about space and quality of life.
It’s about living near the Ocean with vast sandy beaches rather than a shipping lane. For some its to reunite with family and for others it’s a return to the place they built up great memories as a student or on their working holiday visa.
Others move to Australia to start new business or to invest in the country’s many opportunities.
Is it easy for those in Hong Kong to migrate to Australia?
The great thing about Australian Immigration and those looking to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong is that Australia makes very little distinction between nationalities.
This means when it comes to migrating to Australia from Hong Kong both expats in Hong Kong and Hong Kong Citizens are treated in a similar manner.
Is it difficult to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong
Whilst it is certainly not easy for a Hong Konger to Migrate to Australia, it’s no more ‘harder’ than if you were migrating to Australia from the UK, Europe or the USA.
How to migrate out of Hong Kong to Australia
Most clients thinking of migrating from Hong Kong to Australia have a more Permanent move in mind, with the first visas to consider being the 189, 190 and 491 Australian Visa subclasses. The 189 and 190 visa classes allow holders (and their immediate families) to:
Live and work in Australia Enter and leave the Country as they so choose without the need for further visas Access medicare Education for Children Own Property
And best of all, holders of the 189 and 190 visa class migrating to Australia from Hong Kong can convert their Permanent Residency visas to full Australian Citizenship. Please note that Australia does not share its Citizenship information with other countries.
The 491 visa, launched in November 2019 is a Skilled Work Regional visa and has 14,000 places allocated per year. This is a skilled migration (points tested) visa which lasts for an initial five years and it can convert into full Permanent Residency status.
The 491 requires either state government nomination or sponsorship by an eligible family member in a designated regional area. A 491 applicant must be aged under 45 and have a positive skills assessment.
Visa holders can move between regional areas. Regional areas are defined as any area excluding Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, the Gold Coast and Perth.
How to apply to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong on Skilled Migration
For either an expat living in Hong Kong or a native HongKonger to move to Australia on Skilled Migration they must first qualify with an eligible occupation and then score enough points to be able to enter the Australia Expression of Interest (EOI) system.
Can I migrate to Australia from Hong Kong?
The following checklist will enable you to work out (generally) whether you are able to emigrate to Australia from Hong Kong, regardless of whether you’re currently an expat in Hong Kong or a Hong Kong Citizen.
Step One: Identify an Occupation in Demand Firstly, in order for any migration to Australia from Hong Kong to be successful, you’ll be required to have an Occupation in Demand, as specified in this list below.
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Immigration Points Score Required to Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong
Once you’ve identified an Occupation in Demand from the list above then next up we need to be able to identify at least 65 points on the Australian Immigration Points score list.
In order to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong, you’ll definitely need 65 points though we will always work closely with you to maximize (and build on) your Australian Points Score.
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong English Language Points
Superior 20 Proficient 10 Competent 0
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for Skilled Employment
At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years) 20 At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years) 15 At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years) 10 At least one but less than three years (of past 10 years) 5
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for Overseas Skilled Employment
This is of particular benefit to expats working in Hong Kong as it awards points to applicants who have spent time working away from their home country for a certain period of time. For example, if you’re from the UK and you’ve lived and worked in Hong Kong (or anywhere abroad) for eight years out of the last ten then you can add on 15 points to your total.
At least eight and up to 10 years (of past 10 years) 15 At least five but less than eight years (of past 10 years) 10 At least three but less than five years (of past 10 years) 5
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for Education
PHD 20 Degree 15 Trade Certificate 10
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for Education undertaken within Australia
If you’ve previously studied in Australia, then you’ll be able to claim extra points on the following basis:
One or more degrees, diplomas or trade qualifications awarded by an Australian educational institution and meet the Australian Study Requirement 5 If you also studied in Regional Australia, you can add further points 5
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for Credentialled Language Skills
To gain points for Australian credentialled community languages, you must be accredited with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) at the professional level with one or more of the following languages:
Afrikaans Estonian Korean Serbian Albanian Fijian Lao Sinhalese Arabic/Lebanese Filipino (Tagalog) Latvian Slovak Armenian Finnish Lithuanian Solvene Bangla (Bengali) French Macedonian Swedish Bosnian German Malay Spanish Bulgarian Greek Maltese Tamil Burmese Hebrew
Norwegian Thai Chinese (Cantonese) Hindi Persian Turkish Chinese (Madarin) Hungarian Polish Ukranian Croatian Indonesian Portugese Urdu Czech Italian Punjabi Vietnamese Danish Japanese Romanian Yiddish Dutch Khmer Russian
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for Professional Year in Australia
You can receive five points for having completed a Professional Year in Australia in the four years before you are invited to apply. This excludes Working Holidays.
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for skilled spouse or partner
Once your spouse or partner secures a positive skills assessment (and providing they also have an occupation on the demand list above) then add on a further 10 points. If they have competent English add on 5 points.
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for STEM Qualifications
STEM Qualifications are Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and will generate 10 points.
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for being Single
If you’re migrating to Australia from Hong Kong on your own then award yourself 10 points
Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong Points for receiving a 190 Invitation to Apply
Receiving a nomination from an Australian State or Territory brings 5 points. And receiving a nomination from a State or Territory government or sponsored by a family member residing in regional Australia then award yourself 15 Points.
What’s the next step to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong?
The next step in the migration process is mandatory for all skilled migration visa categories. It’s called Skills Assessment.
Every Profession, Occupation, and Trade has their own Skills Assessment Authority tied to Australian Immigration and it’s their role to say an applicant is who they say they are, and has the right skills, experience, and qualifications.
Lets Go Global has an enviable 100% success rate in most occupation codes and have subject matter experts in every occupation to ensure this success rate continues.
Making an Expression of Interest to Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong
With a positive skills assessment, it’s time to lodge your Expression of Interest (EOI). It’s important we make this EOI as strong as possible because it’s the details in this declaration that Australia uses to decide which applications are going to receive their Invitation to Apply.
An Invitation to Apply (ITA) can be best described as approval in principle of your visa, allowing you to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong.
Final Visa Application to Migrate to Australia from Hong Kong
With an ITA in hand, it’s time to complete the final complicated stages of the Australia Visa process and to complete health checks and medicals.
Once your Australia visa is granted you’re all set to make the move to Australia from Hong Kong. You don’t need to move immediately (though most do) and you have up to 12 months to activate your Australian Permanent Residency Visas.
How long does it take to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong?
On average do allow a year for the process from start to finish. Sometimes it happens sooner, sometimes later though one year is a good benchmark to keep in mind.
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Jane Njoma is an Australia Migration Agent who has many years of work experience as an Australian Migration Consultant and runs Lets Go Emigrate Australia as a Free Resource for Information on Immigrating to Australia. Jane believes in broader global access to Australian Immigration information and provides the information free of charge and making it available to the greatest number of people worldwide.