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13

May 2020

Can I Apply to Extend My Current Hong Kong Work Visa At the Same Time as I Apply for a Change of Employer?

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

First Published April 5, 2016

I’ve been asked this question a lot these days so I’m republishing this earlier answer here…

How can you manage an impending Hong Kong work visa expiry challenge with a current employer with the prospect of a wholly new employment looming large?

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QUESTION

My first Hong Kong work visa issued under the General Employment Policy is going to expire on August 20th 2016, after one year of permission.

Recently I received a new job offer and I would like to know which is the best way to extend my Hong Kong work visa in your opinion:

  1. ) Online application and extension with the current employer
  2. ) Appointment at the immigration headquarter and extension with the new employer.

Since the new employer is flexible with the contract starting date, I would like to know if I can submit the application whilst still employed with my current employer.

On the other hand, do you think that changing my job immediately after getting my extension approved with my current employer might create some hassle?

Also how much in advance I can submit the application? I would like to submit the application by the end of April.

Thanks for your help

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11

May 2020

Is It Possible to Maintain My 6 Years’ Ordinary Residence In Hong Kong & Get the Right of Abode Next Year if I Plan to Move to Taiwan Soon?

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

What happens if you get to 6 years continuous ordinary residence then plan to leave Hong Kong?

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QUESTION

Hello,

I am in Hong Kong since 6 years on an employment visa all throughout and am aiming for PR next year in July.

However, I am about to change job and the new company wants me to move to Taipei.

I have the flexibility to negotiate with them.

With an objective to be eligible to apply for the Right of Abode next year, what should I do? Please let me know.

Should I ask for a Hong Kong contract and that is enough and be transferred or do i need to be on Hong Kong contract and also maintain a rented apartment here?

I would want to get it done in simplest way without too much costs to me or to the employer.

Thank you for your advice in advance.

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09

May 2020

Can I Study then Get Married All Whilst Holding a Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsored by a Company I No Longer Work For?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 4 responses

This post was first published on December 2, 2012

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Life in Hong Kong throws up many new opportunities and this question seeks to understand the implications for 7 years continuous residency in respect of an eventual right of abode application where an overall switch over in life plans sees a lady intending to relinquish her employment visa for a student or dependant visa

QUESTION

I am a Canadian citizen living in HK. I have an employment visa and want to leave my job. My fiancee (Canadian citizen) has an employment visa and we will be married in 10 months.

1. Can I leave my job (my employment visa has been extended until 2014), stay in HK on my employment visa until the wedding, and then transfer my visa to a Dependent visa linked to my husband?

2. Will this 10 month gap of non-employment, (even though I have 2 valid years left on the employment visa) count as a break in the 7 year continuous living requirement for permanent residency? I will remain in HK.

3. Will a dependent visa still count towards permanent residency?

4. Does permanent residency need to come from only one type of visa, or can it come from multiple visas?

5. Is there any benefit to having an employment visa over a dependent visa for permanent residency or privileges as a HK resident?

6. Can I attend a HK based university under the employment visa or must I change the visa to a student visa?

7. Will the time between the date of resignation and the beginning of my student visa (if I choose to do this, possibly 4-6 months) break the continuous living requirement for permanent residency?

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06

May 2020

What Can I Do To Maintain My Eligibility for Right of Abode in Hong Kong Now That I’ve Been Made Redundant?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

First Published On September 30, 2015

What happens to your prospects for permanent residency in Hong Kong if you’ve been made redundant but have no firm intention to rejoin the workforce prior to  seeking to apply to have your eligibility for right of abode verified after 7 years continuous ordinary residence?

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QUESTION

Hello Visa Geeza,

Thanks so much for this!

I have just been terminated from my job but my visa does not expire until July 29th of next year – will I have an issue when it expires?

Will I need a visa extended to cover the application process/time after the 29th?

Also my employer submitted to the IRD that I am leaving Hong Kong (long story) but I am not. How does that work? Would my visa still be active?

Finally, how long can I be away from Hong Kong for in order to still maintain my eligibility for right of abode in Hong Kong once the years are up?

I got made redundant last week and plan on travelling for a couple of months.

During this time I would like to travel for about 2 months (Nov / Dec) and maybe take a course for two months (Jan / Feb) – do you think that is doable?

My visa expires the day it turns 7 years for me – July 29th 2016.

Sorry for the many questions!

Please advise.

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02

May 2020

Does My Child Get the Right of Abode if She Wasn’t Born in Hong Kong But I Have the Right to Land?

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 7 responses

First Published December 25, 2012

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A relatively straightforward answer to, what can be, quite a complex question dealing with ‘Hong-Kong-immigration status-by-descent’ for foreign nationals born in the HKSAR.

QUESTION

I was born in Hong Kong  (I am a British passport holder and of British parents). I do not have ***.

My daughter was born in the US and has a US passport and a British passport.  We have lived back in Hong Kong since 2010 and she has had a visa for school. She was born in 2003.

Does she need to spend 7 continuous years here in HK or can I apply for permanent residency for her because I was born here?

Thank you

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28

Apr 2020

What’s a Suitable Hong Kong Visa & Immigration Strategy for a Highly Accomplished Professional Trailing Unmarried Partner?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 8 responses

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It’s only natural to wish to iron out all the immigration wrinkles prior to a relocation to Hong Kong when you’re joining your loved one who’s transferring here. This question provides a great opportunity for a discussion of the various options available.

QUESTION

I have been offered a job with a large multinational company in Hong Kong which I have accepted.

As my girlfriend and I are not married the company are unable to help with her visa. We plan on moving there indefinitely.

She is however a highly skilled architect and scores 110 on the General Points test for the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme visa.

Are they currently accepting architects in this capacity?

What are the chances of the visa being approved?

We would also like to ask, can you apply for 2 visas? Eg. Working visa and Quality Migrant visa at the same time?

How long does it usually take to have a working holiday visa approved?

If you receive a holiday working visa can you then apply for a Quality Migrant visa whilst you are living in Hong Kong under a working holiday visa? 

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