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All About Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship

June 10th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Musing, Sherpa / 4 responses


 

There is a great deal of confusion about Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship and this short video cuts through all the noise and sets it out definitively.

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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.

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  • Elizabeth

    29 Sep 2021 am30 8:48am
    01

    Hi Stephen,

    I hope you’re well. I’ve been reading some of the thread and you’ve provided so many invaluable insight for non-locals like ourselves. Thank you for being great help to the expat community here in HK!

    I do have a question regarding my IANG/Dependent Visa-PR transition situation.

    I am a current IANG visa holder until May 2022, and I’m planning to get a two-year renewal with the same employer.

    I am a sponsor for my husband and with the anticipated 2 year renewal, he will have met the 7 year rule of becoming PR in June 2023. Having said that, if we were to leave Hong Kong from between June 2022 to June 2023, is he still eligible to applying for it?

    Does holding a valid visa for that given period automatically grant us PR irregardless of the fact that we may be physically out of Hong Kong?

    Also, will I be granted PR even though technically, I have been in HK for more than 7 consecutive years but I haven’t got a proper visa in between?

    Thank you for your time!

    • The Visa Geeza

      6 Oct 2021 pm31 12:37pm
      02

      Hello – thanks for your kind words:

      Does holding a valid visa for that given period automatically grant us PR irregardless of the fact that we may be physically out of Hong Kong?

      No definitely not. Mere possession of a qualifying residence visa doesn’t equate with ‘ordinary residence’ (it’s just a stamp in a passport after after all). ImmD will want to know at the time of your PR application that you have not taken any step which equates to you abandoning your ordinary residence in Hong Kong. As I don’t know your circumstances I can’t offer anything more concrete I’m afraid. Every case is different.

      Also, will I be granted PR even though technically, I have been in HK for more than 7 consecutive years but I haven’t got a proper visa in between?

      You need to have had back to back residence visas for a full 7 years looking back from the day your apply for PR.

  • EA

    15 Oct 2019 am31 10:31am
    03

    Hi.. i would like to ask if its really take more than 4 months to wait for the approval of working visa?

    My sponsor company were the one who apply for my working visa last june 15 and up to now still in process
    Is it really take that long or should i withdraw it and find another job
    Pls help me

    • The Visa Geeza

      21 Oct 2019 pm31 4:52pm
      04

      Yes it can,. Especially in today’s security environment in HK.

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