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41. 1 November 1993 Decisions

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| Criteria for visas | Processing of applications | Place of residence | Statistics |

An Australian Government announcement on 1 November 1993 provided access to permanent residence for:

  • Peoples Republic of China (PRC) nationals in Australia at the time of the Tiananmen Square uprising (Class 815 entry permits)

  • some better-qualified asylum seekers and nationals of Sri Lanka and the former Yugoslavia temporarily in Australia, provided they met certain criteria (Class 816)

  • some highly-qualified students undertaking post-graduate study in Australia (Class 818).

The "1 November" decision was primarily directed at PRC nationals who had earlier been granted four year temporary entry permits following the events of 1989 in China.

Criteria for applications

All applicants were required to meet Australia's strict health and character standards.

Under the Class 816 and 818 conditions, all principal applicants had to meet other criteria:

  • be aged less than 45 on 1 November 1993

  • had visas for travel to Australia on or before 12 March 1992

  • entered Australia on or before 1 November 1993

  • sought refugee status, or a Sri Lankan or former Yugoslavia humanitarian temporary entry permit, on or before 1 November 1993

In addition, Class 816 principal applicants needed to meet English language and post-secondary education standards.

Class 818 applicants needed to have post graduate qualifications.

Processing of applications

A total of 49,684 people applied for permanent residence under one of the three "1 November" classes when applications were open between 1 March and 1 August 1994.

Of those people seeking permanent residence:

  • 12,898 applications were received for Class 815 visas, covering 27,373 people

  • 14,270 applications were received for Class 816, covering 18,955 people

  • 1,959 applications were received for Class 818, covering 3,356 people

Some 67 per cent of the Class 816 applicants were from the PRC, 3.9 per cent from Sri Lanka, and 2.1 per cent from the former Yugoslavia.

About 78 per cent of Class 816 applicants (some 14,000 people), had also applied for protection visas (refugee status).

State/Territory of residence

For all three visa classes, some 66.3 per cent of applicants come from NSW, 25 per cent from Victoria, 3.2 per cent from Queensland, 2.8 per cent from Western Australia, 1.3 per cent from South Australia, 1.1 per cent from the ACT, 0.2 per cent from the Northern Territory, and 0.1 per cent from Tasmania.

Summary

Applications lodged - total 29,127
Applicants - Class 815 27,373
 - Class 816 18,955
 - Class 818 3,356
Applicants - total 49,684
Visas granted - Class 815 27,212
 - Class 816 13,247
 - Class 818 2,258
Total granted visas 42,717
Fact Sheet 41. Produced by the Public Affairs Section, Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, Canberra. Revised on 15 January 2003.
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