Answers To All Your Hong Kong Immigration Questions

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Jul 2022

What Visa Options Exist Where a Couple Have Met On-line & They Wish to Live Together in Hong Kong?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 4 responses

First Published May 23, 2018 So, what would the Hong Kong Immigration Department make of a relationship forged via the Internet? QUESTION Hello, I’m resident in Peru,  South America. I met a Hong Kong woman by chat; she lives in Hong Kong. We have been planning for me to go there and stay, only problem […]

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Jul 2022

What Can be Said to Constitute ‘Ordinary Residence’ for the Purposes of a Hong Kong Right of Abode Application?

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 24 responses

This post was first published on December 9, 2012. The question of what constitutes ‘ordinary residence’ in the determination of a Hong Kong right of abode application for a 7 year foreign national resident, can, ultimately, only be settled by the Court. The Hong Kong Immigration Department have their own means of assessing whether an […]

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Jul 2022

My Hong Kong Visa Application Was Closed by ImmD After Correspondence Was Lost – What Happens Now?

Posted by / in Refusals & Appeals, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

Sometimes, correspondence gets lost and ImmD might close an application believing it has been abandoned when they hear nothing further from an applicant. Meanwhile, the applicant is on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome. What can you do to rectify this ultimate disconnect? QUESTION The company that is sponsoring me applied for an employment visa for me […]

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Jun 2022

How Can a Defacto Spouse Gain Approval to Work Under a Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visa?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

So, what happens if a defacto partner ‘trailing spouse’ wants to take up employment in Hong Kong under a prolonged visitor visa? Is this possible? QUESTION Hi Visa Geeza, I have been offered a job in Hong Kong and me and my de-facto partner are considering the move. Whilst the company will sponsor me,  my […]

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Jun 2022

Work in Hong Kong for 5 Years – Leave for 2 – Then Return – Will I Lose My Continuous Residence for PR Purposes?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

It happens a lot. You stay and work in Hong Kong for 3, 4, 5 years and get over the hump en route to the magic 7 years needed for a Permanent Identity Card. Then you find yourself having to spend time away from Hong Kong to further your career, education or due to special […]

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Jun 2022

Long Term Business Visit to Hong Kong – Do I Need an Employment Visa?

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

First Published June 19, 2018 With Hong Kong having such a liberal visa-upon-arrival regime (with more than 160 nationalities being granted permission to visit for between 7 and 180 days – depending on which passport you carry), it is understandable that there is confusion as to what is permitted activity if you are a ‘business […]

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Jun 2022

I Have a PRC National Spouse Resident on the Mainland – Can She Get a Dependant Visa for Hong Kong?

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

The question of immigration status for mainland resident spouses of current or aspiring Hong Kong residents is a bit of a hot potato. As this PodCast answer sets out, there is a dual track system in place in the immigration system which makes for winners and losers – and for once, those with the Right […]

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Jun 2022

Work Ended – What Visa Options Do You Have to Stay in Hong Kong For Another 2 Years to Get Your Permanent Residency?

Posted by / in Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 1 response

First Published October 14, 2012 This is a popular topic that people query our websites about, so it’s timely that we received this question out of the blue yesterday. In my answer I refer to the following content resources: QMAS, Dependant Visa, Business Investment Visa. QUESTION “I have been working in HK since 2007 on […]

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Jun 2022

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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Jun 2022

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

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Feature Article, Your Question Answered / 21 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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