Hong Kong Visas Made Easy

27

Feb 2021

How Can an Overseas Company Temporarily Sponsor Hong Kong Employment Visa Permissions?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

A frequently experienced conundrum.

SMALL-keep-calm-and-ask-the-visa-geeza

How can a foreign company temporarily sponsor Hong Kong employment visa permissions for its employees and contractors who need to work here in pursuit of a commercial arrangement which is of an indefinite or fixed duration here?

QUESTION

How can one visit and deliver short-term (typically 1-5 days duration) training courses in Hong Kong on behalf of an international training company headquartered in New York and which has a local office in Hong Kong.

The training would be delivered course-by-course under an ‘umbrella’ contract with the Hong Kong company i.e. no direct employee relationship, on an episodic basis to the Hong Kong office through an overseas Limited Company in South Africa  whilst travelling on a South African Passport.

What visa and application process would be applicable? It seems that different countries tend to treat this quite differently with some granting a business visa on written request from the host company, or in other cases allow this type of activity under a short-term waiver e.g. Singapore.

I am sure this must be a common situation, but I can’t see how this can be handled. Hong Kong Business Visas appear to stipulate you can’t work or provide a service or am I misreading the intention?  I hope that I have provided enough detail and it is succinct enough.

Thanks very much in advance and looking forward to your reply.

More Stuff You May Find Useful Or Interesting

The perils of contriving a job offer just for the purposes of a Hong Kong employment visa application

Is it ever possible to extend a Hong Kong training visa?

How flexible is the Admission of Mainland Talents & Professionals Scheme in enabling Chinese nationals to come and work in Hong Kong?

Can I study then get married all the while holding an employment visa sponsored by a company I no longer work for?

Is it ever OK to work in Hong Kong on a visitor visa?

PODCAST ANSWER
Play

Please select the social network you want to share this page with:

25

Feb 2021

What Can I Do If My Employment Contract Ends on the Same Day as My Hong Kong Work Visa and I Need to Stay Here a While Longer to Sort Out My Affairs?

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

Employment law and immigration law are often overlapping but must be dealt with separately…

SMALL-keep-calm-and-ask-the-visa-geeza

What can I do If my employment contract ends on the same day as my Hong Kong work visa and I need to stay here a while longer to sort out my affairs?

QUESTION

I am in a fix with a difficult-to-deal-with local company.

My 2 year contract with them expires this October 20. My work visa expires on the same day.

Is my employer legally required to serve a one month notice?

If the HR Department mention nothing to me, is my last day at work October 20, and am I required to leave the country? I am Canadian.

Is my employer required to contact the Immigration Department and notify them of my employment ending? At what date?

If I leave Hong Kong on the 20th of October to Macau for the night and return on the 21st, can I come in on a 3 month visitor visa so I can pack up the house?

Or is it better to go to the Immigration Department on the 18th/19th and apply for an extension to pack up my things and leave Hong Kong?

More Stuff You May Find Useful or Interesting

How can my FDH visa holding fiance transition into a dependant visa with 6-12 months to run before we get married?

Why do some Hong Kong visa applications take months to finalise (if ever?)

The economy at home is very bad – what investment visa options exist for you in Hong Kong?

Is the Travel Pass as good as a Hong Kong employment visa?

The reality for same sex partner visa applicants in Hong Kong

PODCAST ANSWER
Play

Please select the social network you want to share this page with:

23

Feb 2021

Do You Really Need to Set Up Your Own Office if You Have a Hong Kong Investment Visa?

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

Once you have persuaded the Hong Kong Immigration Department of your ability to make a substantial contribution to the economy of Hong Kong and have been granted an investment visa, can you then argue, after the fact, that actually, you have no practical need to establish office premises of your own after all?

SMALL-keep-calm-and-ask-the-visa-geeza

QUESTION

I started a business and got a Hong Kong investment visa 2 years ago. During that period, I have worked as an independent consultant for the same financial services company. I work full time on-site at this office. I have not had my own office during this period.

I have reapplied for a Hong Kong investment visa successfully twice, and each time Immigration only granted me a one-year visa, each time subjecting me to business review the following year (including this year). They warned me I need to better prove I am contributing to the local economy, by having my own office and hiring local employees.

My question is this – do I really need to rent an office? I will actually never use the office, so for me, it would be a waste of money. Or, instead of getting my own office, would you suggest I share an office, find a cheap service office, or even get a virtual office?

My friends who also own businesses in Hong Kong say I shouldn’t worry about getting an office. I am highly skilled, and Hong Kong needs people with my skills. I also have plenty of cash in my business account.

I can also get strong referral letters, including one from my main client, who will describe how I provide necessary ‘independent’ analyst for them.

More Stuff You May Find Useful or Interesting

How extensive should my business plan be in order to get a Hong Kong investment visa?

Do you have a business plan template I can use in my Hong Kong investment visa application?

How to ensure you’re not breaking the law by operating a business in Hong Kong as a Visitor

Are there any advantages to being an existing Hong  Kong resident when you make an application for an investment visa?

Why do Hong Kong investment visas get denied?

PODCAST ANSWER
Play

Please select the social network you want to share this page with:

21

Feb 2021

UPDATE: Hong Kong – Singapore Travel Bubble MAY Start March 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Feature Article, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Sherpa, Special Programmes, VG Front Page, Visitor Visas / No responses

UPDATE: February 21, 2021 – Local English press are reporting the Bubble might be up for grabs next month. Fingers crossed: https://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/3122491/coronavirus-hong-kong-singapore-talks-again-over

****

COVID19 continues apace. Bubble put back until 2021 at the earliest… I’ll update this post with news as it comes in.

Sigh…

****

Hong Kong – Singapore Travel Bubble!

The long-awaited air travel bubble between Singapore and Hong Kong will [NOT] start on November 22 with a quota of 200 passengers each way on one dedicated flight per day. It’s a start!

Picture Credit: CX

This will be increased to 2 flights daily from  December 7 onwards.

Visitors to Singapore from Hong Kong have to apply Air Travel Pass (ATP) between 7 to 30 days before entering Singapore and applications opened on November 12.

For details on the Singapore end, see this link.

For FAQs on the Hong Kong end, see this link.

More Stuff You May Find Useful or Interesting

Statistically, what are the chances of your Hong Kong investment visa being approved?

The anatomy of a ‘slam dunk’ investment visa application -taking just 7 weeks to approval

Why do Hong Kong investment visa applications get denied?

The ImmD are out to refuse – not approve – visa applications (aren’t they?)

10 Must Have resources for any Hong Kong investment visa application

Please select the social network you want to share this page with:

20

Feb 2021

What Compliance Obligations Do I Have if I Hold a Hong Kong Employment Visa and Want to Start Freelancing After I Stop Working for My Employer-Sponsor?

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

I hold a Hong Kong employment visa and want to start freelancing…

 

As a foreign national temporarily resident in Hong Kong on a sponsored employment visa, there are a number of different compliance issues that need to be addressed if you lose your job and you fancy embarking down the path of freelancing on your own behalf.

QUESTION

I have work permit granted to me (I was hired as a professional here in Hong Kong in my last employment).

Now, I am in job transition and I would like to do some freelance. 

Must I form a company here in order for me to do business with clients?

Can I issue invoice under my personal name, without a registered company here in Hong Kong?

More Stuff to Help You Along

10 Must Have resources for any Hong Kong investment visa application

Is there any special visa type for foreign national visa professionals seeking to live and freelance in Hong Kong?

The challenge of visa approvability for freelance writers and reporters in Hong Kong

Freelance consulting in Hong Kong – can you get a visa?

What are you really buying from a Hong Kong immigration consultant?

PODCAST ANSWER
Play

Please select the social network you want to share this page with:

18

Feb 2021

How Accommodating Are ImmD to Foreign National ‘Job Hoppers’ Seeking to Change Their Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship All-Too Frequently?

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

So what DO the Immigration Department make of applicants who too-frequently seek to change their Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship?

SMALL-keep-calm-and-ask-the-visa-geeza

QUESTION

I was previously working in Hong Kong for a company for the past 2.5 years and switched jobs 32 days ago.

My previous employer is now offering me a much senior position and really wants me back.

I had been with the company for more than 12 years out of which 2.5 were here in Hong Kong and would love to rejoin.

I have now been with the new employer for only one month and am wondering that if I resign and accept the role at my previous employer will the Hong Kong Immigration Department change my work visa again or will they make a big fuss about it and say NO?

Thank you for your assistance.

More Stuff You May Find Useful or Interesting

Hong Kong investment visa wrongly applied for – clearing up the confusion and getting the correct visa instead

Is the Hong Kong Immigration Department website actually fit for purpose?

Do mainlanders enjoy the same kind of immigration experience as other foreign nationals do in Hong Kong?

Why do some Hong Kong visa applications take months to finalise (if ever?)

Is the Travel Pass as good as a Hong Kong employment visa?

PODCAST ANSWER
Play

Please select the social network you want to share this page with:

16

Feb 2021

Can I Remain in Hong Kong as a Dependant Visa Holder if My Spouse Has Died?

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

What can you do about your dependant visa status in Hong Kong if you have sadly lost your much loved spouse-as-sponsor?

SMALL-keep-calm-and-ask-the-visa-geeza

QUESTION

Hello,

I came to Hong Kong on a dependent visa (my wife, a PR, sponsoring me).

I have already completed 3.5 years and my visa is about due for extension.

The dilemma I face is that I lost my wife who died last year and now I am left with no sponsor in Hong Kong.

Will I be repatriated back to my origin of country or do have any chance to remain in Hong Kong?

My earnings here presently average HKD 345,000 per year.

Can I remain in Hong Kong as a dependant visa holder if my spouse has died?

Please advise. Thank you.

More Stuff You May Find Useful or Interesting

10 Must Have resources for a Hong Kong legal dependant visa

Will redundancy impact your eligibility for the Right of Abode in Hong Kong?

How to Gee Up a Hong Kong visa application that is taking a long time to process

The anatomy of a ‘Slam Dunk’ Hong Kong investment visa application taking just 7 weeks to approval!

Hong Kong investment visa wrongly applied for – clearing up the confusion & getting the correct employment visa instead

PODCAST ANSWER
Play

Please select the social network you want to share this page with: