Welcome to the complete guide for citizens of Hong Kong wishing to migrate to Australia. Here at Australia Made Simple we are ideally placed to help individuals, families, and businesses Immigrate to Australia from Hong Kong, so let’s get started.
Australia is welcoming new arrivals from Hong Kong with permanent residency of Australia in more than 400 different occupations that Australia needs, as well as for working holiday visas, student visas, working visas and more. If you are interested in migrating to Australia with permanent residency or spending time working in Australia on a temporary basis, this guide is for you.
Immigration to Australia from Hong Kong has grown at a yearly rate of 11.88%, making it one of the biggest migration routes for skilled human capital in the World. Over 300,000 Citizens of Hong Kong now call Australia their permanent home.
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 Australia Made Simple, we’ve assisted many people move to Australia from Hong Kong, from all walks of life.
When most people Emigrate to Australia from Hong Kong they have deep family or personal reasons for moving. For some, it’s a lifelong dream, for others, it’s about space and quality of life.
It could be about living near the Ocean with vast sandy beaches. For some it’s to reunite with family and for others it’s a return to the place they built up great memories as a student or during their year spent in Australia on their working holiday visa.
Others move to Australia to start a new business, expand their current business or to invest in the country’s many opportunities.
Is it easy for a citizen of 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 and Hong Kong Citizens are treated in a similar manner.
Whilst it is certainly not easy for a Citizen of Hong Kong to Migrate to Australia, it’s not ‘harder’ than if you were migrating to Australia from the UK, Europe or the USA.
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 Australian Permanent Residency 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 (Australia’s world class medical system)
Education for Children
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.
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 and Brisbane.
For either an expat living in Hong Kong or a Citizen of Hong Kong 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.
Steps involved in Applying for Permanent Residency of Australia under Their Skilled Migration
The following checklist will enable you to work out (generally) whether you are able to migrate to Australia from Hong Kong.
Firstly, in order for any skilled 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.
Occupations In Demand in Australia
These Occupations are in Demand in Australia
Occupation ANZSCO Code accommodation and hospitality managers 141999 Accountant 221111 Actuary 224111 acupuncturist 252211 advertising manager 131113 advertising specialist 225111 Aeronautical Engineer 233911 Agricultural Consultant 234111 Agricultural Engineer 233912 Agricultural Scientist 234112 Airconditioning and Mechanical Services Plumber 334112 Airconditioning and Refrigeration Mechanic 342111 aircraft maintenance engineer (avionics) 323111 aircraft maintenance engineer (mechanical) 323112 aircraft maintenance engineer (structures) 323113 ambulance officer 411111 anaesthetic technician 311211 anaesthetist 253211 Analyst Programmer 261311 animal attendants and trainers (nec) 361199 apiarist 121311 aquaculture farmer 121111 arborist 362212 Architect 232111 architectural draftsperson 312111 architectural, building and surveying technicians 312199 art teacher (private tuition) 249211 artistic director 212111 Artistic Director 212111 arts administrator or manager 139911 Arts Administrator or Manager 139911 Audiologist 252711 Automotive Electrician 321111 baker 351111 Barrister 271111 beef cattle farmer 121312 Biochemist 234513 Biomedical Engineer 233913 Biotechnologist 234514 Boat Builder and Repairer 399111 book or script editor 212212 Botanist 234515 Bricklayer 331111 building inspector 312113 business machine mechanic 342311 butcher or smallgoods maker 351211 Cabinetmaker 394111 cabler (data and telecommunications) 342411 cafe or restaurant manager 141111 camera operator (film, television or video) 399512 cardiac technician 311212 Cardiologist 253312 Cardiothoracic Surgeon 253512 careers counsellor 272111 Carpenter 331212 Carpenter and Joiner 331211 Cartographer 232213 Chef 351311 Chemical Engineer 233111 chemical plant operator 399211 Chemist 234211 chemistry technician 311411 Child Care Centre Manager 134111 Chiropractor 252111 Civil Engineer 233211 Civil Engineering Draftsperson 312211 Civil Engineering Technician 312212 Clinical Haematologist 253313 Clinical Psychologist 272311 commodities trader 222111 community worker 411711 company secretary 221211 complementary health therapists (nec) 252299 Computer Network and Systems Engineer 263111 conference and event organiser 149311 Conservator 234911 Construction Project Manager 133111 contract administrator 511111 cook 351411 copywriter 212411 corporate services manager 132111 cotton grower 121211 counsellors (nec) 272199 crop farmers (nec) 121299 customer service manager 149212 dairy cattle farmer 121313 dance teacher (private tuition) 249212 dancer or choreographer 211112 Dancer or Choreographer 211112 database administrator 262111 dental specialist 252311 dental technician 411213 dentist 252312 Dermatologist 253911 Developer Programmer 261312 Diagnostic and Interventional Radiologist 253917 Diesel Motor Mechanic 321212 dietitian 251111 director (film, television, radio or stage) 212312 disabilities services officer 411712 diversional therapist 411311 diving instructor (open water) 452311 dog handler or trainer 361111 Drainer / Drainlayer 334113 dressmaker or tailor 393213 drug and alcohol counsellor 272112 Early Childhood (Pre-primary School) Teacher 241111 earth science technician 311412 Economist 224311 education adviser 249111 education managers (nec) 134499 Educational Psychologist 272312 Electrical Engineer 233311 Electrical Engineering Draftsperson 312311 Electrical Engineering Technician 312312 Electrician 341111 Electrician (Special Class) 341112 Electronic Equipment Trades Worker 342313 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (General) 342314 Electronic Instrument Trades Worker (Special Class) 342315 Electronics Engineer 233411 Emergency Medicine Specialist 253912 Endocrinologist 253315 Engineering Manager 133211 Engineering Professional nec 233999 Engineering Technologist 233914 enrolled nurse 411411 Environmental Consultant 234312 Environmental Engineer 233915 Environmental Manager 139912 Environmental Research Scientist 234313 Environmental Scientist nec 234399 External Auditor 221213 facilities manager 149913 family and marriage counsellor 272113 family support worker 411713 farrier 322113 fashion designer 232311 Fibrous Plasterer 333211 film and video editor 212314 finance broker 222112 finance manager 132211 financial brokers (nec) 222199 financial dealers (nec) 222299 financial investment adviser 222311 financial investment manager 222312 financial market dealer 222211 Fitter (General) 323211 Fitter and Turner 323212 Fitter-Welder 323213 florist 362111 flower grower 121212 Food Technologist 234212 footballer 452411 Footballer 452411 Forester / Forest Scientist 234113 fruit or nut grower 121213 furniture finisher 394211 gallery or museum curator 224212 gardener (general) 362211 Gasfitter 334114 Gastroenterologist 253316 General Practitioner 253111 geologist 234411 Geophysicist 234412 Geotechnical Engineer 233212 Glazier 333111 grain, oilseed or pasture grower (Aus) / field crop grower (NZ) 121214 grape grower 121215 graphic designer 232411 greenkeeper 362311 gymnastics coach or instructor 452312 hairdresser 391111 hardware technician 313111 health and welfare services managers (nec) 134299 health diagnostic and promotion professionals (nec) 251999 health information manager 224213 health promotion officer 251911 horse riding coach or instructor 452313 Horse Trainer 361112 hospital pharmacist 251511 hotel or motel manager 141311 human resource manager 132311 Hydrogeologist 234413 ICT account manager 225211 ICT Business Analyst 261111 ICT business development manager 225212 ICT customer support officer 313112 ICT managers (nec) 135199 ICT project manager 135112 ICT quality assurance engineer 263211 ICT sales representative 225213 ICT Security Specialist 262112 ICT support and test engineers (nec) 263299 ICT support engineer 263212 ICT support technicians (nec) 313199 ICT systems test engineer 263213 ICT trainer 223211 illustrator 232412 industrial designer 232312 Industrial Engineer 233511 industrial pharmacist 251512 information and organisation professionals (nec) 224999 insurance agent 611211 insurance broker 222113 insurance loss adjuster 599612 intensive care ambulance paramedic 411112 Intensive Care Specialist 253317 interior designer 232511 Internal Auditor 221214 interpreter 272412 jeweller 399411 jewellery designer 232313 Joiner 331213 journalists and other writers (nec) 212499 judicial and other legal professionals (nec) 271299 laboratory manager 139913 Land Economist 224511 Landscape Architect 232112 landscape gardener 362213 librarian 224611 library technician 399312 life science technician 311413 Life Scientist 234599 Life Scientist (General) 234511 Lift Mechanic 341113 livestock farmers (nec) 121399 Locksmith 323313 make up artist 399514 Management Accountant 221112 Management Consultant 224711 manufacturer 133411 Marine Biologist 234516 marketing specialist 225113 massage therapist 411611 Materials Engineer 233112 mathematician 224112 meat inspector 311312 Mechanical Engineer 233512 mechanical engineering technician 312512 Medical Diagnostic Radiographer 251211 Medical Laboratory Scientist 234611 medical laboratory technician 311213 Medical Oncologist 253314 Medical Practitioner 253999 Medical Radiation Therapist 251212 medical technicians (nec) 311299 Metal Fabricator 322311 metal fitters and machinists (nec) 323299 Metal Machinist (First Class) 323214 metallurgical or materials technician 312912 Metallurgist 234912 Meteorologist 234913 Microbiologist 234517 middle school teacher (Aus) / intermediate school teacher (NZ) 241311 Midwife 254111 mine deputy 312913 Mining Engineer 233611 mixed crop and livestock farmer 121411 mixed crop farmer 121216 mixed livestock farmer 121317 Motor Mechanic (General) 321211 Motorcycle Mechanic 321213 Multimedia Specialist 261211 music director 211212 Music Director 211212 music professionals (nec) 211299 music teacher (private tuition) 249214 Musician (Instrumental) 211213 Natural and Physical Science Professional 234999 naturopath 252213 Naval Architect / Marine Designer 233916 network administrator 263112 network analyst 263113 Neurologist 253318 Neurosurgeon 253513 newspaper or periodical editor 212412 Nuclear Medicine Technologist 251213 nurse educator 254211 nurse manager 254311 Nurse Practitioner 254411 nurse researcher 254212 Nursing Clinical Director 134212 nutritionist 251112 Obstetrician and Gynaecologist 253913 occupational health and safety adviser 251312 Occupational Therapist 252411 Ophthalmologist 253914 Optometrist 251411 organisation and methods analyst 224712 Organisational Psychologist 272313 Orthopaedic Surgeon 253514 orthoptist 251412 Orthotist or Prosthetist 251912 Osteopath 252112 Other Spatial Scientist 232214 other sports coach or instructor 452317 Otorhinolaryngologist 253515 Paediatric Surgeon 253516 Paediatrician 253321 Painting Trades Worker 332211 Panelbeater 324111 pastrycook 351112 patents examiner 224914 Pathologist 253915 performing arts technicians (nec) 399599 Petroleum Engineer 233612 pharmacy technician 311215 photographer 211311 Physicist 234914 Physiotherapist 252511 pig farmer 121318 Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon 253517 Plumber (General) 334111 Podiatrist 252611 poultry farmer 121321 power generation plant operator 399213 precision instrument maker and repairer 323314 Pressure Welder 322312 Primary Health Organisation Manager 134213 primary products inspectors (nec) 311399 primary school teacher 241213 print finisher 392111 print journalist 212413 printing machinist 392311 private tutors and teachers (nec) 249299 production manager (forestry) 133511 production manager (manufacturing) 133512 production manager (mining) 133513 Production or Plant Engineer 233513 program director (television or radio) 212315 program or project administrator 511112 Psychiatrist 253411 Psychologists 272399 psychotherapist 272314 public relations professional 225311 quality assurance manager 139914 Quantity Surveyor 233213 Radiation Oncologist 253918 Radiocommunications Technician 313211 records manager 224214 recreation officer 272612 recruitment consultant 223112 Registered Nurse 254499 Registered Nurse (Aged Care) 254412 Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health) 254413 Registered Nurse (Community Health) 254414 Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency) 254415 Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability) 254416 Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation) 254417 Registered Nurse (Medical Practice) 254421 Registered Nurse (Medical) 254418 Registered Nurse (Mental Health) 254422 Registered Nurse (Paediatrics) 254425 Registered Nurse (Perioperative) 254423 Registered Nurse (Surgical) 254424 rehabilitation counsellor 272114 Renal Medicine Specialist 253322 research and development manager 132511 resident medical officer 253112 residential care officer 411715 retail buyer 639211 retail pharmacist 251513 Rheumatologist 253323 Roof Plumber 334115 roof tiler 333311 sales and marketing manager 131112 school principal 134311 science technicians (nec) 311499 Secondary School Teacher 241411 sheep farmer 121322 Sheetmetal Trades Worker 322211 Shipwright 399112 signwriter 399611 Small Engine Mechanic 321214 snowsport instructor 452314 social professionals (nec) 272499 Social Worker 272511 Software and Applications Programmer 261399 Software Engineer 261313 software tester 261314 Solicitor 271311 Solid Plasterer 333212 Sonographer 251214 sound technician 399516 Special Education Teacher 241599 Special Needs Teacher 241511 specialist managers (nec) except:(a) ambassador; or (b) archbishop; or © bishop 139999 Specialist Physician 253311 Specialist Physician 253399 Speech Pathologist 252712 sports development officer 452321 sportspersons (nec) 452499 stage manager 212316 Statistician 224113 stockbroking dealer 222213 Stonemason 331112 Structural Engineer 233214 student counsellor 272115 sugar cane grower 121217 supply and distribution manager 133611 Surgeon 253511 Surveyor 232212 swimming coach or instructor 452315 systems administrator 262113 Systems Analyst 261112 Taxation Accountant 221113 teacher of English to speakers of other languages 249311 Teacher of the Hearing Impaired 241512 Teacher of the Sight Impaired 241513 Technical Cable Jointer 342212 technical director 212317 technical sales representatives (nec) including education sales representatives 225499 technical writer 212415 Telecommunications Engineer 263311 Telecommunications Field Engineer 313212 telecommunications linesworker 342413 Telecommunications Network Engineer 263312 Telecommunications Network Planner 313213 Telecommunications Technical Officer or Technologist 313214 television journalist 212416 tennis coach 452316 Tennis Coach 452316 textile, clothing and footwear mechanic 323215 Thoracic Medicine Specialist 253324 toolmaker 323412 traditional Chinese medicine practitioner 252214 transport company manager 149413 Transport Engineer 233215 University Lecturer 242111 upholsterer 393311 urban and regional planner 232611 Urologist 253518 Valuer 224512 Vascular Surgeon 253521 vegetable grower (Aus) / market gardener (NZ) 121221 vehicle body builder 324211 vehicle trimmer 324212 Veterinarian 234711 veterinary nurse 361311 video producer 212318 visual arts and crafts professionals (nec) 211499 Wall and Floor Tiler 333411 watch and clock maker and repairer 323316 web administrator 313113 web designer 232414 web developer 261212 Welder (First Class) 322313 Welfare Centre Manager 134214 welfare worker 272613 wood machinist 394213 wood machinists and other wood trades workers (nec) 394299 youth worker 411716 Zoologist 234518
Once you’ve identified your occupation is an Occupation in Demand in Australia from the list above then we need to be able to identify at least 65 points on the Australian Immigration Points score list.
There are points awarded for many factors. Each element is discussed below, follow along and determine your Australian Immigration Points score.
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.
18-24 (inclusive) 25
25-32 (inclusive) 30
33-39 (inclusive) 25
40-44 (inclusive) 15
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
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’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
Trade Certificate 10
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
Contact us if you need to confirm which areas qualify for the Regional Area subsidy points.
If you can speak one of the community languages below, you can qualify for 5 extra points. To gain points for Australian credentialed community languages, you must be accredited with the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters (NAATI) at the professional level. To get this accreditation you need to take an examination with NAATI.
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.
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.
STEM Qualifications are Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics and will generate 10 points.
If you are planning on migrating to Australia from Hong Kong on your own then award yourself 10 points.
Receiving a nomination from an Australian State or Territory brings 5 extra 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.
Now add up all your points!
If you have reached 65 points we are ready for the next step. If not, fill in our Free Visa Assessment to find out what other visas to Australia might be more suitable to your circumstances. Australia has a large number of visas, almost 150 types of visas covering many circumstances. So if these particular visas are not for you, that does not mean Australia does not have a visa to suit you.
Take our Free Visa Assessment so that we can help you with your unique circumstances.
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.
Making an Expression of Interest to Move 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 stages of the Australia Visa process and to complete health checks, police checks and medicals.
Once your Australian visa is granted you are ready to go 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.
You should allow around 1 year from start to finish of the process.. Sometimes it happens sooner, sometimes later though one year is a good benchmark to keep in mind.
Start your move to Australia Today by taking our Free Visa Assessment to determine which of the many visa options available for Australia are most suitable for you.
Yes absolutely. You are able to bring your spouse with you and your dependent children. They will all be afforded the same rights as you under the visa. Your children can attend school and your spouse can work. To find out more about what school is like in Australia read our guide.
You may already have an area of Australia you wish to move to. If not here are a few ideas to kick off your research of possible places to live.
Melbourne is considered one of the best cities in the world, it has been voted the most livable city in the world for seven years in a row. It is also home to a wide range of sports that promote the teamwork and interaction that healthy students need, including football, basketball, football, rugby, tennis and rugby league.
Sydney on the Harbour and Capital of New South Wales. Its fast-paced economy, high quality of life offers a lively and fun environment for all city lovers with a variety of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops, restaurants and bars as well as a wide range of entertainment options.
Brisbane, the capital of Queensland. This subtropical city is a great place to live if you feel more comfortable in a less dense environment compared to mega cities like Melbourne and Sydney. It is also surrounded by many nature reserves and parks and hosts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world.
A lovely and very livable city close to beaches and surrounded by world famous farmlands producing some of the best wines and food – a foodie paradise. A more temperate climate with nicely spaced out suburbs and plenty to do.
Our only major city on the west coast, Perth is famous for its beaches, it’s mining industry and friendly atmosphere.
The Gold Coast is a famous area in Southern Queensland. Known for its stunning beaches, laid back lifestyle and Beach nightlife, it is a place people from Hong Kong often name as a place they would like to settle. The Gold Coast is great for anyone loving warm weather and the beach life.
So Take our Free Visa Assessment and let’s get you started on your journey to Australia today!
Author: Alex Mac, Senior Partner, Australia Made Simple
Contact: ONLINE VISA ASSESSMENT