Telling It Like It Is

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Aug 2012

The Hong Kong Immigration Department Are Out to Deny – Not Approve – Visa Applications (Aren’t They?)

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Visitor Visas / 39 responses

It is often said that the Hong Kong Immigration Department are out to refuse visa applications rather than approve them. Nothing could be further from the truth. The HKID  have a huge job of work administering the population records and immigration status needs of our fine city and it is churlish to anticipate that they […]

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Aug 2012

The Reality For Same Sex Partner Visa Applicants in Hong Kong

Posted by / in Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Visitor Visas / 7 responses

Unfortunately, Hong Kong immigration policy does not recognize same sex partners so there is no possibility of securing dependant visas for gay partners who are trailing their loved ones to Hong Kong when there is a transfer here from overseas for employment or otherwise business investment. However, the Hong Kong Immigration Department are not without […]

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Aug 2012

The ‘Shenzhen Shuttle’ – A Good Way to Extend Your Hong Kong Visitor Visa?

Posted by / in Hadley Says…, Visitor Visas / 12 responses

Many people chose to shuttle between Hong Kong and Shenzhen in order to secure a defacto extension to their visitor visa? The question, however, is this a good idea? What most people who do this don’t realise is that the Hong Kong Immigration Department are keeping count. You see, once you reach more than 180 […]

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Aug 2012

I Know the Immigration Department Website is a Black Hole for Denied Hong Kong Visa Applicants So What Can I Do Now?

Posted by / in Hadley Says…, Refusals & Appeals / 27 responses

So, your Hong Kong visa application has been refused, no matter the type – and the letter you received from the Immigration Department says nothing about opportunities to appeal. So you go to the Hong Kong ID website. But shock, horror, even that is silent – so what can you do now? Certain types of […]

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01

Aug 2012

Are There Any Advantages to being an Existing Resident of Hong Kong When You Make an Application for an Investment Visa?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas / 25 responses

When you make an application for a  Hong Kong investment visa you have to be able to demonstrate that you are in a position to make a substantial contribution to the economy of Hong Kong in addition to possessing special skills knowledge and experience of value to and not readily available in Hong Kong. But, […]

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Jul 2012

Will a Criminal Record Impact on Your Application for a Hong Kong Residence Visa?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 100 responses

Every now and again the question of criminal convictions and the impact they have on the Hong Kong visa process raises its head. Hadley here waxes lyrical on this subject and surprisingly, has quite a lot to say! More Stuff You May Find Useful or Interesting Can you have 2 separate applications pending at one […]

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Jul 2012

Hong Kong Right of Abode Application – Arguing Away Missing Periods of Residence

Posted by / in Hadley Says…, Long Stay & PR / 33 responses

The essential approvability test for a Hong Kong Right of Abode application is that you have been continuously and ordinarily resident in the HKSAR for a period of not less than 7 years AND that you have taken concrete steps towards making Hong Kong your ONLY place of permanent residence. “Continuously”, for the purposes of […]

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25

Jun 2012

Your Employer Must Help You Get Your Hong Kong Employment Visa!

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says… / 17 responses

Most employers in Hong Kong understand that getting an employment visa is a 2 party process and usually help their foreign national employees get the visa they need to start work here. But sometimes an employer will seek to divorce themselves from the process and say to their new employee “you have to sort the […]

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22

Jun 2012

Work Visas: Does Your Employer Control Your Hong Kong Immigration Destiny?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says… / 5 responses

No way, for sure not  – it simply is not the way the process works… Your Hong Kong employment visa belongs to you, not your employer. They are just responsible for the sponsorship. If the relationship with your employer sours for any reason and your employment terminates this is what happens to your visa: – […]

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Jun 2012

The 7 Responsibilities of a Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsor

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says… / 1 response

In this short video, Hadley sets out the seven issues which every sponsor of a Hong Kong employment visa needs to appreciate and sign up to, providing new recruits with the information they need to educate their employers as to what’s actually required in the process of dealing with the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

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