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The Path To Hong Kong Residency & Our Fantastic Low Tax Regime First Published June 4, 2012 Hong Kong has an open and flexible immigration policy that promotes and simplifies the relocation of foreign nationals possessing employment skills, business expertise, and capital to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). Moreover, their family members (spouse […] Keep Reading...>

February 19th, 2024

Can I Get A Depedant Visa For An Elderly Parent If I Have A Permanent HK ID Card? 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. A Depedant […] Keep Reading...>

February 18th, 2024

I Lived In Hong Kong For 11 Years – And Have Been Gone For The Last 7 – Can I Still Get Permanent Residency? First Published July 11, 2018 It happens a lot more often than you might imagine. You’d think that the many early years in Hong Kong ought to count towards your right […] Keep Reading...>

February 17th, 2024

Is It A Good Or A Bad Sign That The HKID Keep Coming Back With Further Requests For Information? This question seeks to understand what you should make of repeat requests for information from the Hong Kong Immigration Department (HKID) during the course of your visa application. QUESTION “Good day. In the course of what […] Keep Reading...>

February 16th, 2024

How Important Are Employment Testimonials In A Hong Kong QMAS Visa Application? The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is designed to attract ‘top notch’ talents to the HKSAR and, by my reckoning, only about 5% of applicants ever receive a Golden Ticket. Of course if you happen to have a Nobel prize or you are an […] Keep Reading...>

February 15th, 2024

I Was Convicted Of A Crime And Removed From Hong Kong – How Do My Visa Options Look Now? First Published November 6, 2018 Life in Hong Kong can throw up many challenges, none too much greater than the following: QUESTION Hello, and thank you for the opportunity to ask my question! I have questions, […] Keep Reading...>

February 14th, 2024

What Pathways To An Employment Visa Exist For A Fresh, Foreign University Graduate Arriving In Hong Kong Seeking Career Opportunities Here? Whilst the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates afford a clean pathway to working permission for foreign nationals freshly graduating from Hong Kong universities, the situation is very different if your degree is from overseas […] Keep Reading...>

February 13th, 2024

Is There Any Special Visa Type For Foreign National Media Professionals Seeking To Live & Freelance In Hong Kong? 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 […] Keep Reading...>

February 12th, 2024

The Right of Abode & Permanent Residence For Foreign Children In Hong Kong What is the situation as regards the Right of Abode & Permanent Residence for foreign children in Hong Kong when they reach 21 years of age? Clearing up the confusion as to HKID cards at 11, 18 and what happens at 21? […] Keep Reading...>

February 10th, 2024

The Hong Kong Immigration Department Shed Some Light On Talent Attraction Endeavours Hong Kong Visa Approval Rate: Balancing Security and Global Talent This post was prompted by an article appearing yesterday in the South China Morning Post. Summary: The immigration policies of Hong Kong are strategically designed to prioritize security and prosperity while also attracting […] Keep Reading...>

February 9th, 2024

How Do Foreign National Children Resident In Hong Kong For 7 Years Go On To Acquire Permanent Residency Here? The test for the right of abode for foreign national children resident in Hong Kong for 7 years is the same as for adults but the manifestation of that PR takes a slightly different form… QUESTION […] Keep Reading...>

February 7th, 2024

What Chance of Approval For A 3-6 Month Intern Visa For Hong Kong & What Documents Are Needed? Intern visa for Hong Kong? Internships for foreign national students seeking experience in Hong Kong are getting ever more popular… QUESTION Hi, Our company is trying to hire an intern on a short 3-6 months internship. He […] Keep Reading...>

February 6th, 2024

Joining In A Side Business In Hong Kong – An Obvious Visa Solution For Certain Types Of Employed Professionals Thinking about joining in a side business in Hong Kong? Certain foreign national professionals who teach in Hong Kong, especially those at university, often find themselves wishing to participate in their profession whilst educating others. The […] Keep Reading...>

February 5th, 2024

How A Hong Kong Right Of Abode Application Plays Out (Reprise) I am grateful to a user of our websites who has sent me this report of his experience in his right of abode application recently to share with everyone. 28/01/2021 ROP145 submitted online (as Chinese citizen holding foreign passport, with one period of continuous […] Keep Reading...>

February 4th, 2024

Can I Set Up A Hong Kong Company, Employ My Business Partner & Sponsor An Employment Visa For Him? The answer to this question is multi-part and ultimately driven by the challenges associated with a New Business Situation… QUESTION I am based in Hong Kong and would like your advice on visa applications for a […] Keep Reading...>

February 3rd, 2024

How Can I Prove ‘7 Years Residency’ For My Hong Kong Right Of Abode Application If I Do Not Have Any Old Tenancy Agreement Copies? How to skin the cat of the ‘missing tenancy agreement’ is an oft-faced challenge in the game of the Hong Kong Right of Abode Application after 7 years continuous ordinary […] Keep Reading...>

February 2nd, 2024

Hong Kong Top Talent Pass Attracting 36,000 Skilled Professionals to Hong Kong   Accurate Numbers Surface In recent years, Hong Kong has experienced a notable increase in skilled individuals migrating to the region. This influx can be primarily attributed to the Hong Kong Top Talent Pass program, which aims to attract the best talent from […] Keep Reading...>

February 1st, 2024

Work Ended – What Visa Options Do You Have to Stay in Hong Kong For Another 2 Years to Get Your Permanent Residency? First Published October 14, 2012 The question about what visa options do you have to stay in Hong Kong when you work ends and you’re not quite sure how to go next, […] Keep Reading...>

January 31st, 2024

Work In Hong Kong For 5 Years – Leave For 2 – Then Return – Will I Lose My Continuous Residence for PR Purposes? 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 […] Keep Reading...>

January 30th, 2024

What Chance Does A Published Author Have Under The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme? Black boxes and taxes – an unheady mix! QUESTION Hi Stephen, A friend of mine is looking into the idea of residing in Hong Kong. He’s a soon to be traditionally published book author in the United States, and he’s based in […] Keep Reading...>

January 29th, 2024

I Would Like To Apply For A Job Seekers Visa For Hong Kong – How Do I Go About Doing It? Hong Kong immigration is rife with visa gossip and rumours so I am pleased this question has been raised as it allows me to slay an old dragon once and for all! QUESTION Hi […] Keep Reading...>

January 26th, 2024

How Easy Is It To Secure A Work Visa Issued Under The Immigration Arrangements For Non-Local Graduates On The Basis Of Freelance Employment? Can you realistically expect to work for yourself if your employment permissions have been granted under IANG? QUESTION Hi Stephen, thanks a lot for answering the questions on this website. I must […] Keep Reading...>

January 25th, 2024

What Exactly Do You Need To Include In A Visa Application To Join In A Side Business In Hong Kong? So, you sense there’s an opportunity to augment your salary with some freelance work so how do you go about making an application to join in a side business in Hong Kong? QUESTION Dear Visa Geeza, […] Keep Reading...>

January 24th, 2024

I Am An Independent Contractor Not An Employee – Can I Get An Employment Visa As An Intercompany Transferee? Sometimes, round-pegs-in-square-holes situations crop up which make the challenge of securing a Hong Kong employment visa especially daunting! This question raises a very interesting set of circumstances which make for an interesting visa application experience ahead! […] Keep Reading...>

January 23rd, 2024

How Does Hong Kong Right Of Abode Downgrade To The Right To Land Materialize And What Are The Immigration Implications Of This? First Published January 17, 2013 If you are a foreign national permanent resident of Hong Kong you will hold a permanent identity card and, as a result, will possess the Rolls Royce immigration […] Keep Reading...>

January 22nd, 2024

How Can I Prove The Veracity Of My CV For My Hong Kong Employment Visa Application If A Prior Employer Is No Longer In Business? If you’re claiming skills, knowledge or experience on your CV as part of your argument for a Hong Kong Employment Visa Application – what’s the gig if you can’t fully  support […] Keep Reading...>

January 21st, 2024

Hong Kong Immigration ROP145 Application Form Help! The Hong Kong Immigration Department’s ROP 145 application form is used for the “Application for Verification of Eligibility for Permanent Identity Card.” What Is It? This ROP145 application form is intended for individuals who wish to verify their eligibility for a Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card. The form […] Keep Reading...>

January 20th, 2024

All You Need to Know | Business Immigration In Hong Kong | Updated Q3 2023 | Part 7/24 A Non-Resident Applying For A Hong Kong Employment Visa? Part 6/24 | Explore Business Immigration In Hong Kong With Our In-Depth Guide | Here A Comprehensive Guide to Obtaining a Hong Kong EmploymentVisa Are you a non-resident looking […] Keep Reading...>

January 19th, 2024

What Kind of Visa Can We Get So My FDH Girlfriend (Contract Terminated) Can Stay With Me in Hong Kong? Any possibility for love to continue in the wake of a terminated FDH contract? QUESTION My girl friend is a Filipino domestic helper who has just left her employment with a Chinese family – however, […] Keep Reading...>

January 18th, 2024

If I Live and Work in China But Have a Hong Kong Employment Visa Can I Get Dependant Visas for My Family? To live in Hong Kong requires a place to lay your head here each night. What happens to your application for dependant visas for your family if you don’t have anywhere for them […] Keep Reading...>

January 17th, 2024

My Employment Visa Has Been Refused What Can I Do Now? We have been contacted a lot recently by applicants who’s cases have been refused  – so this question is both timely and, for all those affected, of great significance. QUESTION “I would like to know if, once  I have received the first rejection letter from […] Keep Reading...>

January 16th, 2024

How Easy Is It To Secure A Work Visa Issued Under The Immigration Arrangements For Non-local Graduates On The Basis of Freelance Employment? Can you realistically expect to work for yourself if your employment permissions have been granted under IANG? QUESTION Hi Stephen, thanks a lot for answering the questions on this website. I must […] Keep Reading...>

January 15th, 2024

How Can I Prove To The Hong Kong Immigration Department My Last Day Of Work For My Previous Employer As Part Of My Change of Employment Visa Sponsorship Application? First Published July 29, 2013 – Still Relevant The Immigration Department need documentation to understand when to demarcate new from old sponsorship arrangements when changing employers […] Keep Reading...>

January 14th, 2024

How to Apply For a Hong Kong Investment Visa Without Paying for Professional Help Permitted Activity in Hong Kong as a Visitor I am in the process of revisiting a lot of my older video content to ensure its continuing relevance and validity. I will also be conducting a whole new series of updated talks […] Keep Reading...>

January 13th, 2024

Can I Remain in Hong Kong as a Visitor After My Employment Visa Expires? Simple question this one with an easy answer and indicative of the fact that, even though quite a straight forward issue, the information is not otherwise readily available anywhere else on the web. QUESTION I am a Canadian citizen, working in […] Keep Reading...>

January 12th, 2024

Less Than 180 Days in Hong Kong During the Last Three Years – Impact On PR Eligibility What happens if you work for a Hong Kong company but are stationed the majority of your time outside of Hong Kong? Less than 180 days in Hong Kong during the last three years – impact on PR […] Keep Reading...>

January 11th, 2024

Can I Extend The 3 Years Needed To Keep My Right of Abode In Hong Kong? Will ImmD Make An Exception For Me?   Can I extend the 3 years needed to keep my Right of Abode in Hong Kong? I originally published this video in January 2022, when we were very much ‘peak Covid’ […] Keep Reading...>

January 10th, 2024

Business Investment Visa Application | Financials You Will Need To Show To ImmD What’s Required?   ImmD expect to be able to take a view of a proposed new from 39,000 feet and for this a good set of financial projections are expected to form part of a business investment visa application. QUESTION Does the […] Keep Reading...>

January 9th, 2024

Hong Kong Employment and Spouse Visas – Can You Swap? First Published February 27, 2013 How Flexible Is The Hong Kong Immigration Department? It’s a situation that seems to happen all too frequently these days, especially in the banking sector. Can a married couple, both working, effectively swap their Hong Kong employment and spouse visas around? […] Keep Reading...>

January 8th, 2024

Hong Kong Employment Visa Lost If You Have a Terrible Boss & Want To Leave? What’s The Risk To Your Hong Kong Employment Visa? Should you be worried that your employment visa status in Hong Kong might be undermined if you choose to leave the employ of an unsavoury employer? QUESTION Hello, my current employer […] Keep Reading...>

January 7th, 2024

Hong Kong Work Visa Is A Degree An Absolute Pre-Requisite? Is it always absolutely necessary to call upon a university degree qualification in order to get a Hong Kong work visa application approved? QUESTION I have found a job here and am now in the process of applying for a Hong Kong work visa. It […] Keep Reading...>

January 6th, 2024

Do You Need An Employment Visa For Short Term Work In Hong Kong? Yes, No, Maybe … First Published August 29, 2021   A foreign national seeking to come to Hong Kong to work, paid or unpaid, for a long or short duration, requires the permission of the Hong Kong Director of Immigration. QUESTION Dear […] Keep Reading...>

January 5th, 2024

To & Fro From A Hong Kong Investment Visa Is It Possible? Entrepreneurship is a fluid beast! QUESTION Hello, I was on an investment visa for a year when I started my own business and then took on a full time role with another company.  I was transferred to an employment visa.  I am now […] Keep Reading...>

January 4th, 2024

Hong Kong Employment Visa Change Of Sponsorship Easy Or Hard?   This question comes up all the time (and is actually answered on the home page of our Blog) but I am grateful for the opportunity to revisit it again now… QUESTION Hi, I’m currently working in Hong Kong with a valid working visa but […] Keep Reading...>

January 3rd, 2024

How Do You Prove To ImmD That You Have Tried to Recruit Locally? What Will The Hong Kong Immigration Department Accept? Excellent question earlier this week. Great opportunity to slay a few sacred cows. QUESTION Hi, one of the requirements for the work visa application is a proof of genuine vacancy. What if a sponsoring […] Keep Reading...>

January 2nd, 2024

Unemployed When Your Eligibility For Right Of Abode Accrues? Can You Still Qualify For PR Even Without A Job … First Published June 4, 2103 Do you need to be employed on the date that your 7 year anniversary of your residence in Hong Kong comes up which then allows you apply for the right […] Keep Reading...>

January 1st, 2024

Right of Abode & Continuity of Ordinary Residence Calculation What Counts & What Doesn’t?   First Published October 4, 2014   Got 2 very similar questions in recently so I’m taking the opportunity to kill 2 birds with one stone… QUESTIONS I have a residency visa and this is my 6th year in Hong Kong. […] Keep Reading...>

December 31st, 2023

Is There Such An Animal As A Job Seekers Visa For Hong Kong? If There Is, Please Tell Me More … Hong Kong immigration is rife with visa gossip and rumours so I am pleased this question has been raised as it allows me to slay an old dragon once and for all!   QUESTION Hi Stephen, […] Keep Reading...>

December 30th, 2023

Did You Accidentally Overstay Your Hong Kong Employment Visa … How Do You Solve The Problem Where You Need To Change Employer? First Published February 7, 2019 Accidentally overstay your Hong Kong employment visa?- What happens to you when  seek to change your employment visa sponsor but realise you have accidentally let your current visa expire […] Keep Reading...>

December 29th, 2023

Can A PRC National Spouse Get A Dependant Visa For Hong Kong? Can they qualify, if so, how? 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 below  sets out, there is a dual track system in […] Keep Reading...>

December 28th, 2023