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Our Dependant Visas Will Expire Soon – We Can’t Get Back To Hong Kong In Time Due To COVID19 – Help!

July 20th, 2020

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I get 30-40 questions each week and not all of them merit a podcast answer. Some are answered quickly via email and for the next few days I’ll post some of these anonymised replies here.

Our Dependant Visas Will Expire Soon – We Can’t Get Back To Hong Kong In Time Due To COVID19 – Help!

QUESTION

Hi, me and my 2 daughters age 12 & 22 are stranded in India for the past 4 months and our dependent visas are expiring on 16th July.

There are no flights to come back to Hong Kong until 31st July. We are trying for evacuation flight, which might happen after 16th July.

My husband is in Hong Kong and has already applied for how own visa extension.

How do we get back to Hong Kong in this kind of situation? All of us have Hong Kong ID cards.

Please advise – what are the options available?

ANSWER

Since no flights are available before the visa expiry date and visitors are banned from entering Hong Kong at the moment, we suggest you flying back to Hong Kong when there are no more travel restrictions.

After coming back to Hong Kong, you and your daughters can apply for a reinstatement of your dependant visas with the necessary documents plus a letter explaining that you were outside Hong Kong and had no available flights to come back before the expiry date and extend your visas on time.

It is also advisable to write a letter about your current situation to the Immigration Department in advance, especially for your 22-year-old daughter (who can as an adult extend/reinstate her dependant visa but not have a new dependant visa issued to her), so that the Immigration Department cannot reject your reinstatement applications due to your lack of manifest intention to return before the expiry date.

The approval is subject to the Immigration Department’s decision; however, a visa can usually be reinstated successfully with a valid reason.

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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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RESPONSES
  • jai

    13 Oct 2020 pm31 5:53pm
    01

    My Daughter is born in hong kong but on her birth certificate is not mentioned estabilished now her visa is going to expire and she is 8YRS now so i have to apply for permanent id or have to apply for dependant visa

    • The Visa Geeza

      16 Oct 2020 am31 11:42am
      02

      PHKID but extend her dependant visa first just to be safe.

  • DL

    14 Jul 2020 pm31 11:09pm
    03

    My PR/Right of Abode will expire on August 7th if I don’t return by then. I know it gets down graded to Right to Land. I am considering whether it is worthwhile to come to HK and do the 14 days of quarantine and then return straight back ( I believe it isn’t possible to jump on a return flight immediately anymore as one is technically in quarantine once you come through immigration. Besides being potentially deported, not being able to vote and having to pay stamp duty if your purchase an apartment, is there anything else that is important to consider eg dual tax treaty, access to hospital care etc

    • The Visa Geeza

      20 Jul 2020 am31 9:22am
      04

      You will always be able to access the health care system under the right to land. As for tax? I have no idea.

      • Lee

        23 Jul 2020 am31 2:04am
        05

        Hi Visageeza, with this right to land do I need to be sponsored again to work or does that still stand when PR expires, thanks

        • The Visa Geeza

          27 Jul 2020 am31 11:07am
          06

          You do not need an employment visa or a sponsor when you hold the right to land. You are lawfully employable ‘as is’

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