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12

Apr 2020

Can I Get a Short Term Extension to My Hong Kong Dependant Visa?

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

First Published June 29, 2015

What can you do to extend your family’s dependant visa when your job is coming to an end…

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QUESTION

I currently have a Hong Kong dependent visa, my husband being my sponsor.  Both our visas run out on the 30th July 2015.  My husband has resigned from his post and we leave Hong Kong at the end of September. 

His employers, who are his sponsors, are giving him letter  for immigration for his application to extend his work visa for the last 7 or 8 weeks.

But I am not sure where I stand.

I do not work and was thinking instead of going through immigration to extend my visa for 3 to 4 weeks, whether I could go to Macau and come back on a tourist visa. 

I ask this because I have a few trips organised to Vietnam and Cambodia in August and concerned that the process of extending my visa would mean immigration keeping my passport which may impact on my travel arrangements. 

Whereas a tourist visa would cost nothing and be issued straight away. Can I, however, get an extension to my Hong Kong dependant visa (in my circumstances) instead?

Thank you for your time.

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09

Apr 2020

Hong Kong Dependant Visa: How Can You Prove Your Relationship is Genuine If You Marry in Hong Kong But Have Been Together Only About a Year?

Posted by / in Family Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 4 responses

How do you go about demonstrating to the Hong Kong Immigration Department that your relationship is a genuine one as you apply for a Hong Kong dependant visa?

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QUESTION

I have a question about the interplay between marriage and subsequently obtaining a Hong Kong dependant visa.

Our situation is as follows: I am professional with an employment visa for HK (through sponsorship). I can provide accommodation and living well above subsistence level for us both. I have been in Hong Kong for 9 months. I have a French passport.

My girlfriend holds a German passport. She arrived in Hong Kong in three weeks ago and so has a 90 days visitor visa. She came here to spend time with me but of course also to look into job opportunities. As you know it is much easier to take up employment when on a dependant visa compared to having to go through the process of finding an employer who wants to sponsor you.

We are not married but we are considering the option so as to (1) get peace of mind in regards to right of staying here and (2) to make it easier for my girlfriend to get a job here in Hong Kong.

We understand it is quite easy to arrange a legal marriage here in Hong Kong and that it takes about two weeks.

What we are interested in finding out is however what happens after the marriage and whether, in our circumstances, we are likely to obtain a Hong Kong dependant visa easily.

We are unable to prove previous cohabitation (Hong Kong is our first chance to live together) and we have only been a couple for little more than a year. Nevertheless our motivation to be together is genuine and marriage is probably something that would happen further down the line.

So to sum up all we would have to convince Immigration is a marriage entered into in Hong Kong together with a genuine motivation to be together.

My question are therefore:

(A) Whilst we can easily get married (the formalities), can we expect the Immigration Department to grant a dependant visa to my girlfriend?

(B) How long is the process likely to take?

(C) Is she allowed to stay in Hong Kong while the visa application is being processed and can she travel with me on one or two extended weekend holidays during the remainder of the 90 days?

We understand a new entry triggers a new 90 day period and that a total of more than 180 days stay in one year is likely to result in questions and possibly Short Conditional Landing status.

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06

Apr 2020

Is it True that Getting Your First Hong Kong Employment Visa is the Hardest then Afterwards It’s a Cinch to Swap Over to Any Other Employer?

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

Is there are truth at all in this Hong Kong employment visa “proposition”?

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QUESTION

I am a French national who has just moved to Hong Kong.

I am finding it very difficult to understand the visa process in Hong Kong.

My friend passed me your contact saying that you will surely be able to help me. 

I would like to ask you the questions below, hoping that you can provide me a brief answer and explanation.

Is it possible to transfer a Hong Kong employment visa visa from one employer to another?

Why was I told by an employer that if I already had a working visa they would be willing to sponsor me otherwise they could not.

What is the difference between the first visa application and the others? 

To explain myself better i will make you an example:

Just yesterday I sat an interview and I was asked about a visa. I made clear that I needed a sponsor and the interviewer said that he was not able to provide sponsorship, however, he said that if I managed to get a Hong Kong employment visa he could transfer it over.

Is it possible?

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04

Apr 2020

Extending Your Hong Kong Dependant Visa After Divorce

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 24 responses

First Published February 17, 2016

This is a Hong Kong immigration situation that happens a lot more frequently that you might imagine! Can you extend your Hong Kong dependant visa after divorce?

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QUESTION

I would like to know if there is any possibility for me to extend my dependant/spouse visa since I am now divorced from my wife who used to be my sponsor.

Presently I am a student in Seoul, Korea though I have been visiting Hong Kong at least once or twice a year since 2014.

My current dependent visa expires 2016/10/09.

I would like to maintain my residency in Hong Kong and I hope your expertise in immigration matters might be of great help to me.

Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you.

ANSWER

Unfortunately, in the wake of your divorce from your dependant visa sponsor, unless you have a continuing rationale for remaining in Hong Kong there’s not much you can do, especially if you actually live in another country at this time.

My best advice would be to return to Hong Kong, start working for a third party employer (you don’t need special permission to do this with your current dependant visa) and in 2013 when your dependant visa expires, ask your employer to sponsor your employment visa to continue your residence in Hong Kong.

This should not be too much of a problem to accomplish.

After that, so long as you remain in Hong Kong as an employment visa holder, you should be able to get to 7 years continuous ordinary residence and thereafter make an application for the Right of Abode.

There’s no silver bullet in your circumstances I’m afraid.

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02

Apr 2020

An Open Invitation For You to Request Specific Hong Kong Visa and Immigration Related Content

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One of the really great things about the subject of Hong Kong immigration is that there is never any shortage of things to blog about and share.

Every day in our professional practice, we undertake cases which provide ongoing, often entirely new, insights into how the Hong Kong Immigration Department are implementing policy and which I then routinely pass on via this blog.

Moreover, visitors to our websites ask questions for me to answer by PodCast and every one of these, each with their own unique facts and circumstances, adds to the Hong Kong immigration knowledge graph which we are slowly mapping over time.

Additionally, the data we  receive from searches undertaken on this website as well as the Hong Kong Visa Handbook, indicate to us what we should be blogging about each day and what is of pressing interest to our visitors.

Finally, Google Analytics tells us that our websites now deliver our content against more than 70,000 Hong Kong visa and immigration related search topics and it’s the top 50 of those that we blog about 80% of the time – keeping our content topical, relevant, practical and useful.

But now its time to ask you…

What would you like me to write, PodCast and make videos about?

This is an open invitation for you to make suggestions about Hong Kong visa and immigration related content and inclusions for this website.

I’m keen to hear from you what you would like to learn more about, what you think is missing, what can be taken to the next level of detail – including further D-I-Y resources to help you along in your Hong Kong visa and immigration quests.

However there are 3 things we do not, as a matter of policy, cover.

These are:

1Anything requiring or involving litigation. We routinely refer this on to Daly & Associates. We are not a solicitors firm and you need lawyers with practising certificates to undertake this work for you. This is not our bag. Mark Daly and his team are the masters of their craft. These lawyers are responsible for most of the human rights and right of abode related litigation in Hong Kong – and the only other immigration firm here that I will refer our clients to.

2 – Student visas. This work is purely administrative and involves close coordination with college or university administrators. We don’t add any real value to this process, and most certainly are not worth our HKD3,000 hourly consultation rate so don’t take the work on. Consequently, we have never developed any specific expertise in student visas, although, of course, we know how it all works.

3 – Foreign Domestic Helpers. For existing clients who specifically ask us to help out with their FDH visa processing challenges we are happy to get involved and provide the service when so requested. In fact Ruby, our business manager, manages this work personally when we are so instructed. Otherwise, we steer well clear. There are countless other service providers in Hong Kong who offer great value for money undertaking this work, but it’s not for us and for 20 years we have eschewed developing any level of expertise in it.

Otherwise, we’re fair game!

So, if you want to me to cover any specific Hong Kong visa and immigration topic, no matter how small – or all-encompassing – please feel free to let me know.

Simply email me via: feedback@hkvisacentre.com  and I’ll make sure it’s added to our editorial calendar.

I’ll acknowledge receipt of your suggestion within one business day and indicate by when the content will be developed and the material fully covered for inclusion on our websites.

In the meantime, of course, if you have any particualr question you’d like answering, please feel free to Ask A Question and I’ll give you a PodCast answer within 48 hours – completely free of charge!


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30

Mar 2020

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

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

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?

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

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

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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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