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Hong Kong Resident Visa Extension of Stay – Offshore Processing Now Permitted (Temporarily)

January 4th, 2021

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Happy New Year Everyone. Bit of good news just before the new year break: The Immigration Department accepts applications for return to Hong Kong from Hong Kong non-permanent residents outside Hong Kong under the pandemic. ***************************************************************************** https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202012/31/P2020123100764.htm     Immigration Department (ImmD) today (December 31) announced that in view of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong non-permanent […]

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If You Start a Company Based in Hong Kong Do You Always Need to Have an Investment Visa to be Able to Run It?

December 20th, 2020

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

The question of investment visa or not is actually quite straight forward. It’s all about ‘living’ in Hong Kong… QUESTION Hi Visa Geeza, I’ve a question regarding putting up a company in Hong Kong. I’ve been reading about how “easy” it is to set up a company in Hong Kong, however, it sounds too over […]

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I Have a Socially Advantageous Yet Modestly Capitalised Business Plan – Can I Get an Investment Visa For Hong Kong?

December 18th, 2020

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 12 responses

This is an important question on the business investment visa for Hong Kong…. Experience suggests that the Hong Kong Immigration Department do tend to look favourably upon such business plans, but the applicant absolutely does not have it all his or her own way, as you will learn in my PodCast answer. (Please note the […]

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Hong Kong Employment Visa Holder – Join in a Side Business or Change Visa Category to a Full Investment Visa – Which is Better?

December 4th, 2020

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

 This question raises quite a number of issues surrounding a decision to go into business for yourself in Hong Kong whilst presently holding an employment visa sponsored by a third party employer (and it’s only the immigration parts which I am qualified to address). QUESTION Hello Stephen, I have an employment visa for the remaining […]

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How Can I Go From Being a Sponsored Hong Kong Employment Visa Holder to Working in My Own Business as I Wait Out the 7 Years to Permanent Residency Here?

November 29th, 2020

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

If you leave your job and want to start your own business in Hong Kong, what are the immigration implications of this if you are a temporary resident foreign national employee? QUESTION Hi Stephen, I am in a bit of a pickle, I am currently waiting for my PR and I have a visa extension […]

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Is There Any Special Visa Type for Foreign National Media Professionals Seeking to Live & Freelance in Hong Kong?

November 10th, 2020

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

Independent media professionals often occupy a round-pegs-in-square-holes situation when it comes to being able to practice their trade in Hong Kong and this question discusses how they might go about being able to do so. QUESTION Hi! My partner and I are media professionals from Canada. We have 10 years experience each in our respective […]

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Can I Get a Hong Kong Investment Visa if I’m Presently An Employee Seeking to Go Into Business With a New Partner?

November 4th, 2020

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

First Published September 20, 2017 What’s the differentiating line between a Hong Kong investment visa and an employment visa when investing in the company that is seeking to sponsor-employ you? QUESTION I’m from Australia and have been living and working, as a language teacher, in Hong Kong since  December 2014. I am currently starting up […]

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Sometimes, There is Just NO Possibility for a Hong Kong Residence Visa – No Matter How Earnest You Might Be…

October 26th, 2020

Posted by / in Family Visas, Investment Visas, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

Hong Kong is such a draw but sometimes it’s just not going to be… QUESTION Hi Stephen, I am 25 Years old Indian National. I don’t have any kind of degree. I own a business from past seven years in India. I am applying for jobs from past 4 months but in most of the […]

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Does Choosing Not to Pay Yourself a Salary Mean It’s OK to Run a Business in Hong Kong Without Getting an Investment Visa First?

October 23rd, 2020

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There appears to be a misconception among foreign nationals that you can be living here and it be OK to run a business in Hong Kong without getting an investment visa just so long as you don’t pay yourself a salary… QUESTION I currently hold a working visa which is still valid for almost 2 more […]

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Can I Sponsor Myself for Freelance Work ‘On-the-Side’ Whilst Working For My Current Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsor?

October 21st, 2020

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This is joining in a side business albeit in another name… QUESTION Info -NZ Passport holder -Working in Hong Kong for three years with an employer. Hello I would like to know how I would go about starting a business in Hong Kong. I would like to start a freelance business. I am worried about my visa […]

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