Australia is drafting plans to offer safe haven visas to Hong Kong residents living in Australia amidst China’s decision to go ahead with the controversial security law in Hong Kong.
Currently, there are about 20,000 Hong Kong residents living in Australia who do not want to return home. Prime Minster, Scott Morrison said that Australia is ‘prepared to step up and provide support’. He also said, “When we have made a final decision on those arrangements, then I’ll make the announcements, but are you asking are we prepared to step up and provide support? The answer is yes.”
The Safe Haven Enterprise Visa (Class XE) (Subclass 790) is a protection visa for refugees which requires you to be in Australia; be a refugee or engage in Australia’s protection obligations; and meet all other requirements for the visa.