Answers To All Your Hong Kong Immigration Questions

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Jan 2018

Can a Hong Kong Sole Proprietorship Form the Basis of a Self-Sponsored Change of Sponsorship Hong Kong Work Visa Approval?

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Can you get a self-sponsored change of sponsorship Hong Kong work visa? Fantastic question this which took me 10 minutes to think the answer through for! QUESTION As an expat, I currently work for a company that sponsored me in Hong Kong for my work visa.  I now no longer want to work exclusively for […]

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Jan 2018

Will Time Spent in Prison in Hong Kong Break Continuity of Ordinary Residence for the Purposes of a Right of Abode Application After 7 years?

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Will time spent in prison in Hong Kong break continuity of ordinary residence for PR purposes? First Published on April 10, 2016 QUESTION I am interested to know if there is anything I could do to strengthen the case of my application for the right of abode (permanent residency) and I am also unsure if […]

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Jan 2018

How Does Changing Industries Impact on Your Application to Change Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship?

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

Two-pronged question today starting with how to change Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship into a new job sector… QUESTION My current work visa is about to expire 5 days from now. I’ve applied for a transfer and extension simultaneously almost 4 weeks ago as I am moving to a new employer. The visa application has […]

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12

Jan 2018

Hong Kong Visitor Visa – Can My 2 Week Visitor Visa Wife ‘Piggy Back’ on My 90 Day Visitor Visa Nationality To Get The Same Limit of Stay As Me?

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

Does it help being a 90 day Hong Kong visitor visa national if your spouse is a 14 day Hong Kong visitor visa national? QUESTION I am an American who has recently married a Filipina.   I do not have any residence visa for Hong Kong; I’m just here as a 90 day visitor as a US citizen. […]

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Jan 2018

How Can I Get the Approval of the Immigration Department to Change My Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship Without My Current Employer Learning About It?

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

Changing jobs in Hong Kong requires the permission of the Director of Immigration… Dear Stephen, How can I get the approval of the Immigration Department to change my Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship without my current employer learning about it? I have a stable job in Hong Kong and am finalizing an offer with a […]

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Dec 2017

Is it Ever Possible to Swap a Foreign Domestic Helper Visa into a Regular Employment Visa in Hong Kong?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 11 responses

Can you swap a Foreign Domestic Helper visa into a Regular employment visa? This is a reasonable question that has an obvious answer although not for the reasons you might typically expect. In 20 years of practising Hong Kong visa and immigration consultancy, the only successful change of status application from FDH to residence visa […]

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27

Dec 2017

Do You Need to Have Been Physically Present in Hong Kong for a Full Seven Years (i.e 2555 Days All Told) in Order to Qualify for Hong Kong Permanent Residency?

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 52 responses

Sometimes even the big name publications can get their facts (and law) wrong… do you need to have been physically present in Hong Kong for a full seven years (i.e 2555 days all told) in order to qualify for Hong Kong permanent residency? QUESTION Dear Stephen, The Wall Street Journal guide to HK states (here: […]

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23

Dec 2017

Can Elderly Parents Come to Live With Their Son Who Only Holds a Hong Kong Employment Visa?

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 4 responses

if you hold a Hong Kong employment visa, bringing elderly parents to join you in Hong Kong is an area of immigration practice that is fraught with difficulty – as well as uncertainty. Dependant visas are, as a matter of policy, not available for non permanent residents yet it’s a scenario that presents itself all […]

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21

Dec 2017

If My Hong Kong Training Visa Application is Denied Will I be Precluded From Visiting the HKSAR Subsequently?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Refusals & Appeals, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

What happens if your application for a Hong Kong training visa gets refused – will be be able to arrive and visit Hong Kong subsequently – or not? QUESTION I’ve been accepted into a startup accelerator in Hong Kong. It’s not one of the “pre-approved” ones for the so-called Start-up visa so I’ve been recommended […]

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Dec 2017

What’s the Minimum Sum Needed in Your Bank Account to Successfully Sponsor a Hong Kong Dependant Visa?

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

Got an income but no savings? What impact will this have on your ability to successfully sponsor a Hong Kong dependant visa? QUESTION Hello! I have a work visa and will apply for my husband to stay by applying for a Hong Kong dependant visa. Alas I have no savings, is there a minimum amount […]

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