41. 1 November 1993 Decisions
| 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
some highly-qualified students undertaking post-graduate study in Australia
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
Under the Class 816 and 818 conditions, all principal applicants had to meet
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.
|Applications lodged - total
|Applicants - Class 815
| - Class 816
| - Class 818
|Applicants - total
|Visas granted - Class 815
| - Class 816
| - Class 818
|Total granted visas
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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Last update: 17 January 2003 at 10:43 AEST