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ALIBABA'S JACK MA REFUSED AN AUSTRALIAN VISA 7 TIMES

By Migration Agent Sydney | 7 Sep 2016

Global Business Leader Jack Ma has revealed that was rejected for an Australian visa seven times before being allowed to visit his friend in Newcastle.

The billionaire executive chairman told an audience, including Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, at the company's Hangzhou headquarters in China that in 1985 there was not an Australia visa category for a Chinese person wanting to visit friends, only one for academics, government officials and students.

Jack has stated "I tried seven times then I got a visa."

The lucky visit was Mr Ma's first overseas trip after meeting an Australian family outside the Shangrila Hotel on Hangzhou's West Lake. Jack was near the hotel to practice his English and had chanced upon an Australian boy of a similar age, David Morley.

The Australian family stayed in touch with Jack through letters and eventually invited him to visit them in Australia.

"I am very thankful for Australia for that 29 days in Newcastle," Mr Ma said on Tuesday. "I really in my heart thank Australia for supporting me, giving me all the opportunities." Jack had said the visit opened his eyes to the world. 

Jack Ma has also been quoted as saying: 
  • "When I arrived in Australia I was so shocked and amazed by the wonderful things, the people, the culture, the landscapes, the products" 
  • "I was ... educated in China that China was the best and richest country in the world ... when I arrived in Australia I saw the world was so different."
  • Australia had "totally changed my future".
  • "There I learned my English my Aussie English. I thought the English I learned in Australia was real English."

Jack Ma remains in touch with the Australian family, who even lent him the money to buy his first apartment.

Source: http://www.afr.com/news/alibabas-jack-ma-rejected-by-australia-seven-times-20160906-gr9s35 

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