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30

Mar 2020

Can I Easily Swap From a Working Holiday Visa to a Hong Kong Work Visa?

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How can one go about swapping from a Hong Kong Working Holiday Visa to a complete Hong Kong work visa?

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QUESTION

I am a British citizen with a 1st class degree, 2 years work experience and unique language abilities.

I am currently in Hong Kong on a working holiday visa and was employed at a specialist insurance company doing business development.

I have now been promoted to an account manager and thus I would like to know how one would go about applying for a normal work visa.

I understand cases like mine are rare but I have heard that it shouldn’t be a problem.

I thought I would ask you guys for a better opinion.

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28

Mar 2020

Can You Get A Work Visa to Teach English in Hong Kong if You Don’t Have a University Degree?

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Any chance of an employment visa to teach English in Hong Kong if you don’t have a degree?

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QUESTION

I’m hoping to move to Hong Kong to teach English and find employment with an employer who will grant me a work visa.

I’m a British, recently turned 30. I have studied 2 years Higher Education which is equivalent to 2 years University Degree. I recently passed the TEFL teaching course.

But I don’t have the 3 years full degree, my qualification is only 2 years equivalent, do you think I’m still capable of getting a work visa?

I’m hoping to stay 7 full years if a visa is granted to become a Permanent Resident.

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24

Mar 2020

Will Redundancy & Subsequent, Extensive Overseas Travel Away Negatively Impact a Hong Kong Permanent Residency Application at the 7 Year Mark?

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What are ImmD looking for to ensure that you are settled in Hong Kong at the time they consider your Hong Kong Permanent Residency application?

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Firstly, thank you for the great service you provide. I just had two questions for you that are related.

I currently have a work visa for 3 years (2-2-3). In two years I want to make a Hong Kong permanent residency application as I will have lived here for 7 years. In 6 months I expect to lose my job (be made redundant). I understand I can continue to live here for the remainder of my work permit without working.

My first question is, will redundancy affect my Hong Kong permanent residency application in any way?

My second question is during the remaining 14 months while I am waiting to apply for the permanent residency I would like to spend most of it traveling in Asia and also the U.S. Will this affect my application for permanent residency in any way?

I plan to have an apartment and pay rent here during the entire time so I want to make sure I’m not wasting my money in doing so and that my Hong Kong permanent residency application will nevertheless go on to be approved.

Thank you again for the great service you provide.

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Mar 2020

I Have Been Made Redundant But Have 12 Months Left on My Hong Kong Work Visa – Can I Stay Here and Look for Another Job?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

First Published December 21, 2015

What happens to your  Hong Kong work visa when you have been made redundant but you still have time left on your current limit of stay?

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QUESTION

Hi there,

I am residing here on a Hong Kong work visa, employed as a professional in the financial services industry.

My role has been made redundant and hence my employer has terminated my contract.

I have been in Hong Kong for 4 years and I plan to stay longer.

My visa expires in November 2016, however, my last day of employment will be February 18th, 2016.

Can I stay in the city till my visa expires to find a new job?

I assume my employer will notify the immigration on my employment status.

Would that have any affect on my visa to stay and find a new job?

 Please advise.

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Mar 2020

Can You Have 2 Hong Kong Employment Visa Applications Pending At the Same Time?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 21 responses

This is quite an unusual set of facts and provides a great opportunity to clear up one small, yet key, part of the Hong Kong employment visa applications process.

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“We are from Canada. Recently my boyfriend and I were offered a job teaching English with a company in Hong Kong. We gave them the info for our work visa and they submitted the application. Actually, the terms and conditions were less attractive that we thought but we just wanted to get to HK. In the meantime, we kept applying for jobs to find a better offer and found a new company and were subsequently offered jobs. We gave them the appropriate visa info and they submitted an application for a Hong Kong work visa as well.

Will both visas get denied because we have two applications on the go at the same time? Should I tell the first company immediately that we do not want to work for them? Or should I let them both go through and pick up the visa for the second company when we arrive and tell the first company we want out? We are very worried about it. Do you have any suggestions? Will they issue two visas for two different companies and then allow us to activate one?”

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Mar 2020

Is It Possible to Change Employment Visa Sponsorship Where the Employer Has Not Yet Established a New Company in Hong Kong (i.e. Has No Business Operations Here Yet)?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

First Published August 17, 2014

What’s the story where a new employer has not yet set up shop in the HKSAR?

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Hello Visa Geeza,

Thanks in advance! Your website has brought clarity on a number of questions I had on the visa process.

I do however have a few more.

I’m currently employed by a Hong Kong limited company, in the professional services industry, as a U.S. citizen.

I was originally invited to Hong Kong to work for this company, and arrived in Hong Kong in June 2011 (approximately 3 years and 3 months ago) under an employment visa sponsored by the said company.

I have since renewed my employment visa with the same company in June 2014, and it will expire in June 2016.

I have since been offered a new job with a different company located in Singapore that has no currently business dealings in Hong Kong.

The new company in Hong Kong does not deal in professional services, but industrial chemicals.

The parent company has been established in Singapore for the last 15 years with offices in the U.S. and Europe.

The new company in Hong Kong does not currently have any employees, nor do they have a current/valid business registered.

As part of the new job, they have asked that I set-up an office and register a new business in Hong Kong focusing on sales/trading of their products with me being the sole director/shareholder of the intended new Hong Kong office.

The intentions are to leave my current company, and establish/register the new business within the next couple of months.

As I begin the process to apply for an investment visa (I believe this is the appropriate visa rather than an employment visa) and register the new business, I have yet to notify my current company of my intentions to resign.

No official documents have been filed on either end for the investment visa or business as I’m trying to determine the right course of action.

Given my intentions to apply for an investment visa and register a new business as the sole director, I’m wondering what steps need to be completed first to ensure I have the correct visa application process in place (sponsored by the new company in Hong Kong) to avoid any visa breaches, and which does not jeopardize the business registration, or vice-versa.

This seems like a chicken versus the egg dilemma…

My goal is to successfully apply for the investment visa under the newly formed company, and to keep my path towards Permanent Residency uninterrupted since I’m already half way there!

I have rented my apartment for the 3 years 3 months I have lived in Hong Kong, established bank accounts, utility services/accounts, and etc in Hong Kong.

Again, thank you for your help!  This site and your services are invaluable for foreigners looking to establish ourselves in Hong Kong!

Hopefully, I have given a detailed account for your guidance.

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