Hong Kong Visas Made Easy

20

Sep 2019

Can I Study Online for a UK Tertiary Qualification while Staying in Hong Kong with a Visitor Visa?

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

This question gets to the heart of permitted activity as a Visitor and the ability to remain here on an indefinite basis on that status.

QUESTION

Hi, I am a New Zealander currently staying in Hong Kong with my partner who is a permanent HKID card holder.

I do not have a HKID card, just a tourist visa, and I wish to study a university degree via correspondence (online study) from a UK university.

Do I need a Hong Kong student visa or a visa of any kind to do this?

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16

Sep 2019

What Impact Will A Temporary Yet Long Term Secondment Overseas For Work Have On My Hong Kong Permanent Residence Application 3 Years From Now?

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

Hong Kong being a small, dynamic city which punches above its weight in the region, this situation happens all the time. So what IS the impact on your subsequent eligibility for the Right of Abode if your employer wants to shift you off-shore temporarily to manage a project?

QUESTION

I have been working in Hong Kong now for 3 years on an employment visa and my company wants to send me temporarily for 6-12 months to Malaysia to manage a project.  I will be on secondment as an employee of the Hong Kong branch still and will return to Hong Kong when the project is done so am wondering how this will affect my continuous residency? 

Does this mean that I will have to start the 7 years again when I return to Hong Kong?

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13

Sep 2019

I Possess an APEC Business Travel Card – Will It Advantage Me in My Hong Kong Investment Visa Application?

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 5 responses

This question really is all about the Catch 22 which I have posted on quite a few times previously. However, there is an interesting twist in that the questioner has entered Hong Kong on an APEC Business Travel Card and none of his clients are actually based in Hong Kong. So I am grateful for the opportunity to address these 2 novel dimensions to an issue that raises its head all too frequently.

QUESTION

I’ve entered Hong Kong under the APEC Business Travel Card program (as I hold a passport from an APEC country) as a business visitor.

I’ve established a company in Hong Kong and am going through the process of applying for an investment visa.

The question I have is can I legally run my business while being present in Hong Kong, while I wait for my visa to be approved?

All my clientele are currently based offshore (I have no local Hong Kong clients yet).

There seems to be a grey area for those of us that “telecommute” or service clients over the internet.

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11

Sep 2019

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09

Sep 2019

Will One Month As A Visitor Between Residence Visas Break My Continuity of Residence for the Right of Abode in Hong Kong?

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

First Published June 20, 2013

This question raises its head in many different guises but this is the first time that anyone has asked it in such a pointed way in the context of training visas – so I’m pleased to be able to shed some light!

QUESTION

Hi,

Great that you provide this service!

I have a question.

I am currently on a 1 year training visa (expiring 30 June). I do not yet have another job offer lined up. I am currently interviewing for other employers, but things are slow.

It is likely that I will need to leave Hong Kong just before the expiry and then re-enter on a tourist visa.

My question is – if my visa expires on 30th June (with no new job offer or sponsor lined up by this time) but I get a job offer in say in mid-July….will the month or so spent in Hong Kong on a tourist visa count against me in obtaining the ‘7 years’ to acquire PR?

Will the clock be reset to zero if I am on a tourist visa, even for just a month or two?

Many thanks for answering!

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06

Sep 2019

Will the Immigration Department Extend My Employment Visa if I Am Subject to a Police Investigation?

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

How do the Hong Kong Immigration Department consider the likely impact of possible criminal charges on a foreign national temporary resident and his or her ability to remain here pending the outcome of the processes leading to a determination as to whether or not to press charges? Here follows a question-answer dialogue I had by email recently (permission to post kindly granted by the correspondent).

QUESTION

My employment visa has expired but Immigration will not renew it because I am involved in a police case and am on bail.

My 2 year contract is up at the beginning of  October and normally my employment visa would run until then, but my passport needed renewing on July 1, and so the current employment visa was only valid until expiry of the passport.

My employer has provided a letter to accompany the application for a new employment visa and they want me to sign another 2 year contract (which I intend to do).

My questions:

1) Am I still able to work while the visa is pending the outcome of the police case? (I have not been charged with anything and the police appear ready to offer for me to be bound over. I am still consulting with my lawyers.)

2) Am I able to exit Hong Kong and return while in this ‘limbo’, or will I be refused re-entry?

MY RESPONSE

This question is highly case specific and I’m afraid I can’t offer any meaningful advice without talking to the responsible ImmD Officer on your behalf.

The best thing to do is to call the Officer, quote your extension application reference number and make an appointment to see him / her and get specific guidance as to how they are handling your situation.

FOLLOW UP

Thanks for your reply. I thought that you would be interested to know that Immigration told me that I can work while the police case is pending and have given me a temporary visa to exit and return to Hong Kong for a holiday that I had already booked. Immigration have been very helpful luckily!

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03

Sep 2019

Is There Any Fixed Residency Requirement for Retention of a Hong Kong Employment Visa?

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

Not every stint for work or business means full time residency in Hong Kong so what to do about ‘half-timers’?

QUESTION

I am pursuing options to take up employment in Hong Kong and would like to know if there is any residence requirement for retention of a work visa. For example, how long can one be absent from the country in any one year?  This issue is important to me because I also wish to retain my employment/investment interest in the middle east and so am looking at a six month in Hong Kong – six month abroad arrangement.

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