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Can I Still Get Permanent Residency in Hong Kong if I Lose My Job and My Visa Work Expires On Exactly the Same Day as My 7 Year Anniversary in Hong Kong?

March 9th, 2022

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


First Published September 14, 2017

Tough question this – so what’s the answer…?


Hello Hong Kong Visa Geeza,

This website is simply wonderful and resourceful!! Thanks.

I had a question and was wondering if you can please help.

I finish 7 years in Hong Kong in November and my current employment visa expires on the same day

I would like to continue my life here as a Hong Kong Permanent Resident.

However, my employing company is not doing that well and it may shut down or a few of us might be fired this summer.

Unfortunately, if it happens in September or October, it will leave me very little time to find a new job/apply for any academic course to be able to remain resident here under a new employment or student visa.

I am already looking for jobs but it’s not easy to get one currently.

Please let me know your opinion about the best course of action I can take now or in the coming days and what is the usual course of action if someone is fired 15/20 days before end of 7 years, for example.

Thanks again 

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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.

  • AJ

    28 Apr 2023 pm30 9:58pm

    I am currently working in hongkong since dec 2017.
    I have renewed my work visa twice for two years each and most recently my permit to stay in Hong Kong was renewed until February 2026.
    Therefore my PR eligibility is in dec 2024, after seven years.

    I am concerned that if my employer decides to post me outside Hong Kong or I don’t have a job prior to dec 2024, can i :

    – still remain in Hong Kong or my family stay here until feb 2026?, and
    – can i apply for my PR application in dec 2024 if i am no longer employed in Hong Kong?

    • The Visa Geeza

      5 May 2023 am31 7:20am

      1 – yes
      2 – yes, assuming that your employer is responsible for dispatching you to work overseas temporarily and your family remain back in Hong Kong

  • JS

    24 Oct 2022 pm31 5:42pm

    Hi there

    I have a question regarding my visa situation – I got my work visa in HK in October 2017 and it got renewed with another employer till 2025 back in June 2022 – However – the employer made some redundancies this year and I lost my job. I’d be eligible for PR in 2024 Oct. I’m wondering if i can still apply for PR at that time even though I may not have a job at that time? Upto now have paid my taxes and have remained in HK most of my time except for a few travels here n there.

    I’m planning to secure another job if i can in the next few months and I am also wondering if i can still stay in HK and find another job as my visa is still valid till 2025 October

    Thanks and looking forward to hear from you.

    • The Visa Geeza

      25 Oct 2022 am31 9:29am

      Yes you can. None of this will be a problem so long as you remain ordinarily resident in Hong Kong and you are manifestly seeking to secure an alternate employment position to retain your settled purpose of work here.

  • S

    23 Nov 2020 pm30 2:59pm

    Hi Stephen,

    Simple question but wasn’t sure if it was strictly answered: Do you need to be employed at the time of your PR application? Given that you have the right to abode in HK and are residing in HK legally but just not employed.

    Thank you in advance.

    • The Visa Geeza

      24 Nov 2020 am30 10:47am

      No requirement to be employed at the time you apply for and secure PR.


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