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Can the Company You Have Just Left Contact Hong Kong Immigration And Make Your Visa Expire Immediately?

August 20th, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 14 responses


Contact Hong Kong Immigration and make your visa expire? This question comes up often enough for it to warrant another explanation of the arrangements which prevail (current ImmD practice)…



Dear Visa Geeza,

 I’m under the impression that when you leave a company that has been sponsoring your employment visa or if you are fired, that as long as your visa hasn’t expired you are allowed to stay in Hong Kong and look for new employment.

Can the company you have just left contact immigration and make your visa expire immediately so you therefore lose the right to stay in Hong Kong and look for work? 

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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.

  • OWS

    5 Nov 2022 pm30 5:26pm

    My employment has been terminated 2 months before i reach the 7 year residency mark. However my employment visa is valid until middle of 2025.

    Few questions:

    1. Am i allowed to travel out of HK for personal travel and is there an time limitation to return to HK e.g. 30 days etc.?

    2. Do i need approval from Immigration department and how (any specific form to fill or its just a general letter to Immigration department requesting permission to apply for new jobs in HK)?

  • Michael

    5 May 2022 am31 9:35am


    Firstly, thanks for the informative audio message it helped a lot.

    My question follows on from the above, but with regards to the application of PR.

    Were my employment contract to be terminated before I’ve completed the eligible 7 years residency required for PR, yet I continue to reside in HK up until that 7 year mark and have paid my taxes up until that date will I still be eligible to apply for PR?

    As per the above, I will still have the right to reside in HK when I apply so I assume it will be ok?

    Thanks a lot for your help

  • Anonymous

    7 Mar 2022 pm31 4:16pm

    I have a HK employment visa which is valid until August 2024. However, I left my job in December 2021 to be able to visit family after a long absence due to Covid regulations. My future plans were uncertain at that time. To cover my bases, I withdrew my MPF benefits under the reason “permanent departure from HK”. My question is: Can I return to HK at any time before my employment visa expires and interview for new work, with a view on transferring my current employment visa? Is there a deadline whereby my employment visa will expire if I am out of HK for, say, 6 months continuously?
    Many thanks in advance.

    • The Visa Geeza

      13 Mar 2022 am31 11:10am

      Yes you can return to Hong Kong and seek to chnage youe employment visa sponsor during the validity of your present employment visa.

  • Anonymous

    2 Jun 2020 am30 7:44am


    I have a question. I am an Indian National who moved to Hong Kong on the IANG visa in July 2013 for my studies. I left Hong Kong for 3 months in 2014 to study abroad. I was still on the IANG visa then. I have been on the same visa since then (extension is contingent upon employment) and have been employed since NOvember 2014. My visa is valid till November 2022. I wanted to ask if I need to be employed while making my PR application in a couple of months? Will unemployment affect my application in any negative way. I have paid all my taxes during my time in Hong Kong

    • The Visa Geeza

      4 Jun 2020 am30 10:12am

      Unemployment under GEP/IANG at the time of PR application doesn’t impact eligibility for PR so long as your visa remains valid at the time you apply and at the time your PR is approved.

  • Blue

    15 May 2020 pm31 10:00pm

    I get a Working Visa on 24/10/2019 for 2 years (until 24/10/2021).
    Due to the situation with the Covid-19 the Company terminated my contract end of May 2020.
    Can i keep my privilege to work and to reside in Hong Kong with my existing Visa ?
    I created my own company (limited company) and i’m starting now a new activity by myself as General Manager of my own limited company (i don’t have any employee).
    What are my obligations regarding my Visa ?
    Thank you


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