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Establish A Business In Hong Kong | Study-then-Work Visa | A Little-Known Approach The Immigration Arrangements For Non-Local Graduates Could Be A Realistic Option If Your Circumstances Permit … A few years ago, I was invited by the good guys at WYND to give a talk about the Hong Kong visas that are the most […] Keep Reading...>

September 29th, 2023

  VisaGeezaAi vs ChatGPT – Who To Trust? We’re just in the final stages of pre-launch tweaking … VisaGeezaAi vs ChatGPT: Precision and Expertise in Hong Kong Visas VisaGeezaAi vs ChatGPT? In the evolving landscape of Ai-driven solutions, VisaGeeza.Ai and ChatGPT might appear, at first blush, to be rival contenders, each offering unique capabilities. However, when it […] Keep Reading...>

September 28th, 2023

Arranging The Visa For A Baby Born In Hong Kong To A Foreign National Temporary Resident How To Complete the Dependant Visa Process Once You Have Baby’s Passport When a baby born in Hong Kong to a temporary (i.e. non-permanent) resident gets his passport, you need to consider finalising the immigration (dependant visa) formalities associated […] Keep Reading...>

September 27th, 2023

Hong Kong Immigration Advice In The Connection Economy – Modern Tools & Creating New Relationships I was once a guest of Startup Grind Hong Kong. . .  Why Do People Use Our Websites? In the Q&A session after the interview, I was asked why people use our websites and how they end up gravitating to them […] Keep Reading...>

September 26th, 2023

The Hong Kong Top Talent Pass & Other Visas Hong Kong Top Talent Pass – a 40 minutes discussion on RTHK Radio 3 Backchat on 25th September 2023 I Recently Contributed To A RTHK Radio 3 Backchat Discussion on the Hong Kong Top Talent Pass Scheme And The Immigration State Of Play In Attracting Foreign Talents To […] Keep Reading...>

September 25th, 2023

Slippers And Pipe Visa For Unmarried Life Partners? Gay or straight, if you’re unmarried other otherwise not legally hitched, the best you can expect is a prolonged visitor visa … Over the last 20 years or so I have coined a number of phrases in Hong Kong immigration parlance. In this short video, I discuss the […] Keep Reading...>

September 24th, 2023

Visa Geeza At Home In Mandurah Western Australia This video showcases my hometown of Mandurah in Western Australia –  2016 / 2017. Visa Geeza at home in in Mandurah, WA! I’m sure you’ll agree with me, it’s the world’s best-kept secret! More about Mandurah below courtesy of chatGPT: A Coastal Gem Worth Exploring Mandurah, nestled […] Keep Reading...>

September 23rd, 2023

Can I Hold a Second Job While in Hong Kong Working Under a Training Visa? Hong Kong training visa second job – is it possible to hold down 2 positions whilst in Hong Kong working under a training visa? QUESTION I am waiting on my training visa and am wondering: can I hold a second […] Keep Reading...>

September 22nd, 2023

Hong Kong Chef Opening A New Restaurant | What Visa Do I Need | How To Guarantee Approval? You’re presently working in a restaurant – you’ve got an employment visa sponsored by your full-time employer and you have an interest in opening a new restaurant of your own … Immigration Considerations Opening a new restaurant […] Keep Reading...>

September 21st, 2023

All About the HKID Smartcard | A Comprehensive Guide | What’s Involved Although getting an appointment to change your ID card is still a long-winded palaver … All You Need To Know In this comprehensive guide, we will explore everything you need to know about the upgraded HKID Smartcard, from its features and benefits to […] Keep Reading...>

September 20th, 2023

The Journey of the Hong Kong Visa Geeza: From Blackburn to Hong Kong At Chinese New Year 2018 I went back to Blackburn, Lancashire the town of my birth in northern England. Updated September 2023 Childhood Memories in Blackburn Hong Kong Visa Geeza? After many years away, I returned to my hometown of Blackburn, Lancashire, […] Keep Reading...>

September 19th, 2023

Hong Kong Visa Geeza & How I F#ckedUp Video and openAi update on the back story of the Hong Kong Visa Geeza. On March 2, 2017 I was asked by Campfire in Kennedy Town to contribute to their F#CKUP NIGHT series and invited to share my tale of business woe and commercial misfortunes which befell […] Keep Reading...>

September 18th, 2023

What Do You Get For Your Money When You Instruct A Hong Kong Immigration Consultant? First Published 2012 (11 Years Ago – Look How Young I Am!) Should You Pay or Shouldn’t You Pay? Do you need a Hong Kong Immigration Consultant? There is sooooo much chatter on public forums about the value that a […] Keep Reading...>

September 17th, 2023

Is There Such An Animal As A Hong Kong Employment Visa To Work For Yourself? Employment visa to work for yourself?  How can you have your cake AND eat it in Hong Kong – working for both yourself and a third-party employer at the same time? QUESTION Hi, I’ve read (or I think I read) […] Keep Reading...>

September 16th, 2023

Can I Get A Dependent Visa For My 91-Year-Old Father? Why should age get in the way of family reunion? QUESTION Can I get a Hong Kong dependent visa in this instance? My 91-year-old father needs to come to live with me in Hong Kong because he has no one to look after him in […] Keep Reading...>

September 15th, 2023

Here Are The 7 Responsibilities Of A Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsor … Everything The Sponsor Of Your Hong Kong Employment Visa Needs To Know Responsibilities Of A Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsor Responsibilities of a Hong Kong employment visa sponsor? In this short video, Hadley sets out the seven issues that every sponsor of […] Keep Reading...>

September 14th, 2023

Your Employer Has No Plans To Help You Secure Your Hong Kong Employment Visa? Persuading & Educating Hong Kong Employers On How The Employment Visa Sponsorship Process Works The Problem Employer to help secure your Hong Kong employment visa? For reasons often known only to themselves, some Hong Kong employers hold the belief that the […] Keep Reading...>

September 13th, 2023

Extension Of Visa Requirements Everything You Need To Extend Your Hong Kong Residence Visa With Our D-I-Y Visa Extension Kit 100% FREE! Extension of Visa Requirements? The Hong Kong Visa Extension Kit is a professionally prepared resource you can rely on to take away the all-too-frequent hassle of the Hong Kong visa extension process. This […] Keep Reading...>

September 12th, 2023

Hong Kong Visitor Visa Facilitation Plan – Short-Term Employment Allowed Some helpful changes for short-term work purposes. Until 2024 A Hong Kong visitor facilitation plan was launched by the Hong Kong Government on the 1st of June 2022 for a period of two years. Immigration Facilitation The measure is due to provide immigration facilitation for visitors […] Keep Reading...>

September 11th, 2023

Will A Short Term Work Visa Be Cancelled Due To Non-Activation? Short term work visa for Hong Kong – I originally answered this question 9 years ago but it is still relevant today …   QUESTION  OF  THE  WEEK We have sponsored an Indian passport holder for a short term work visa for Hong Kong to work “legally” […] Keep Reading...>

September 10th, 2023

How Our Client Leveraged A Hong Kong Employment Investment Visa To Enter Our Cyber-Security Market An employment visa for a one-man consulting concern initially before going on to convert his status into a fully-fledged investment visa subsequently A Case Study Hong Kong employment investment visa? This Case Study looks at a not-entirely uncommon but still […] Keep Reading...>

September 9th, 2023

A Suitable Credible Sponsor For Your Hong Kong Work Visa Application? Over the last 20 years or so I have coined a number of phrases in Hong Kong immigration parlance … Suitable credible sponsor for a work visa? In this short piece, I discuss how the Hong Kong Immigration Department assess the bona fides of […] Keep Reading...>

September 8th, 2023

The Ultimate Guide to Unconditional Stay in Hong Kong The Second Cousin To The Right Of Abode Introduction Unconditional Stay? Since the enactment of the Basic Law and the implementation of the arrangements for the Right of Abode in the HKSAR, the role of Unconditional Stay status in the realm of Hong Kong immigration practice […] Keep Reading...>

September 7th, 2023

Hong Kong QMAS –  Is There Such a Thing as an ‘Occupations in Demand’ List In 2023? All Hail The Talent List … The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is very often compared with other immigration programmes in the quality of life jurisdictions such as Canada, Australia, New Zealand, USA and the UK. Recently, the HKSAR […] Keep Reading...>

September 6th, 2023

What Are The Chances Of Successfully Securing A QMAS Visa In 2023? Demystifying the ‘Black Box’ of Hong Kong’s Quality Migrant Admission Scheme Visa in 2023: A Comprehensive Guide Backgrounder What are the chances of successfully securing a QMAS visa? Hong Kong has always been an attractive destination for skilled professionals. However, the Quality Migrant […] Keep Reading...>

September 5th, 2023 | Your Gateway To Business Success In Hong Kong | Comprehensive Support | Hong Kong Investment Visa (And Much More …) One-Stop Professional Help In Support Of Your Hong Kong Investment Visa Application From Will Probert & His Team Of Experts Background Hong Kong is a bustling hub of commerce, technology, and innovation. For […] Keep Reading...>

September 4th, 2023

Is There A Business Plan Template I Can Use For My Hong Kong Investment Visa To Help Get My Case Approved? Updated September, 2023 A Business Plan Template? A Common Question Do you have a business plan template I can use for my Hong Kong investment visa application is a question that we get asked […] Keep Reading...>

September 3rd, 2023

What To Do If You’ve Lost Your Job And Have An Expiring Hong Kong Employment Visa? Do You Have To Leave? What About Your Eligibility For PR?   Introduction Experiencing an expiring Hong Kong employment visa after being made redundant can be a stressful situation. Hong Kong’s visa and immigration processes can range from being […] Keep Reading...>

September 2nd, 2023

Cancel One Hong Kong Employment Visa Application to Start a Second One? It sometimes happens that 2 job offers emerge in quick succession and you prefer to accept the 2nd one but the visa application for the first one has already started … So What Happens In A Situation Like This? Cancel one Hong Kong […] Keep Reading...>

September 1st, 2023

Does Volunteering for a Good Cause Represent Unpaid Work That Requires the Specific Permission of the Hong Kong Director of Immigration? Immigration Hong Kong visa – the law here is clear – work, paid or unpaid requires the permission of the Hong Kong Director of Immigration Immigration Hong Kong Visa –  the question of volunteering […] Keep Reading...>

August 31st, 2023

A Day-In-The-Life Of Hong Kong Immigration Lawyer Stephen Barnes [aka] The Hong Kong Visa Geeza 10 Years Ago … Hong Kong Visa Geeza: a day-in-the-life [and more]. On Tuesday, October 22, 2013, my client, compadre-in-arms and all-round good gal Gail Turner of Gail Turner Photography shadowed me around to take a photo montage of a […] Keep Reading...>

August 30th, 2023

Hong Kong Visa Requirements To Take Up Residence Here’s What You Need To Consider If You Want To Live Or Work In HK What Are The Hong Kong Visa Requirements Applicable To You? To live and work in the HKSAR you need to know the Hong Kong visa requirements; there are various visa types available. […] Keep Reading...>

August 29th, 2023

What Hong Kong Immigration Consultants Like To Keep Quiet About … All cases are ‘hard’, right? Lifting The Lid [Looking around furtively…] Shussh… You are probably paying Hong Kong immigration consultants too much for your Hong Kong visa service. It’s true, and here’s the reason why. Hard vs Easy Your ‘easy’ Hong Kong visa application […] Keep Reading...>

August 28th, 2023

Work Visa Hong Kong – 100% For Free All about Hong Kong employment visas issued under the General Employment Policy – updated as of August 2023 Work Visa Hong Kong Oldie But Goodie Work visa Hong Kong presentation. On November 28, 2014, I was invited by the good folks at the General Assembly in Hong Kong […] Keep Reading...>

August 27th, 2023

Application For Employing Professionals In Hong Kong – How About The ‘Hire-Locals-First’ Policy? (Original Change Due To Audit Commission Report) Learn About The Need To Source Talent Locally … As a result of the Audit Commission Report Number 66 when making an application for employing professionals in Hong Kong ImmD were forced to change one critical aspect […] Keep Reading...>

August 26th, 2023

How Does The Admission Scheme For Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP) Differ From GEP? Over 10 years ago, on June 6th, 2013 I was interviewed by five law students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong about my experiences practicing immigration here over the last 20 years. More than 10 years on, in 2023 as I […] Keep Reading...>

August 25th, 2023

Does A Flexible Hong Kong Work Visa Exist? Flexible Hong Kong work visa? Like the Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster, I’ve heard mention of this mythical beast several times over the years … The Employment Visa Is Not Flexible QUESTION Is there a flexible Hong Kong work visa? Because we are going to employ […] Keep Reading...>

August 24th, 2023

Hong Kong Investment Visa Wrongly Applied For This case study looks at the problems which arise when an applicant for a Hong Kong employment visa mistakenly applies for an investment visa in light of the fact he is an intercompany transferee establishing his employer’s business operations in Hong Kong from scratch 1. Hong Kong Investment […] Keep Reading...>

August 23rd, 2023

Pretending You Have A Job Offer To Get A Hong Kong Employment Visa? Updated August 22, 2023 What are the consequences of providing false information to an Immigration Officer in Hong Kong? Is it worth the risk to pretend you have a job offer for a Hong Kong employment visa?  Is It Worth The Risk? […] Keep Reading...>

August 22nd, 2023

Can You Get A Visa For A Hong Kong Freelance Job? First Published April 22, 2012 – Updated August 2023 Visas for one-man consulting businesses figure constantly in our enquiry Inbox. This post will attempt to put to bed this question once and for all, namely … Is It Possible To Get Visa For A […] Keep Reading...>

August 21st, 2023

Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Need An Extensive Business Plan – Say 60 Pages Long? Not massively so. In fact you can get away without one altogether if writing such a document doesn’t fall readily within your existing skill set. There are other ways to skin this particular cat … Does A Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa […] Keep Reading...>

August 20th, 2023

Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Case Study Examples The Hong Kong entrepreneur visa approvability test is extremely onerous when compared to other Hong Kong visa categories. Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Case Study Examples Shed Some Light … Brand new businesses which do pass the test and end up supporting the business investment (entrepreneur) visa application of […] Keep Reading...>

August 19th, 2023

How To Apply For A Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa If you are intending to make an application for a Hong Kong entrepreneur visa, you’re going to need a variety of resources to manifest your intentions properly with the Immigration Department en route to your all-important visa approval. 10 All-You-Need Resources For A 100% Free Hong […] Keep Reading...>

August 18th, 2023

How To Get A Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Making ready for a Hong Kong entrepreneur visa (aka business investment visa) application? Read on. The Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa – Many Aspire Yet Very Few Apply Guess what? You might be surprised to learn that, for an entrepreneurial driven economy such as ours, there are only […] Keep Reading...>

August 17th, 2023

Your Eligibility For A Hong Kong Employment Visa? The 5 Factors  In Play For Eligibility For A Hong Kong Employment Visa 1 –  You need a credible sponsor – this means, an established company which has been established for more than 2 years and which currently employs local staff, has offices and manifestly operates commercially […] Keep Reading...>

August 16th, 2023

The Importance Of A Good Set of Numbers In A Business Investment Visa Application Educating The Immigration Department is Your Responsibility Applying for a business investment visa? 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 […] Keep Reading...>

August 15th, 2023

Hong Kong Work Visa Rejection Reasons? If an application for a case Reconsideration has played itself out without the Hong Kong work visa rejection reasons being overturned, where does that leave you in the appeal process?   Hong Kong Work Visa Rejection Reasons – Until 1999 … Until 1999, section 53 of the Immigration Ordinance […] Keep Reading...>

August 15th, 2023

Will My Hong Kong Employment Visa Remain Valid If I’ve Lost My Job? First Published March 5, 2013 QUESTION Help with my Hong Kong employment visa please! For the last few years I’ve been working for an American company with an American contract of employment. I am under an employment visa for this position and […] Keep Reading...>

August 14th, 2023

Existing Resident Of Hong Kong When You Make An Application For An Investment Visa? When you make an application for an Investment Visa in Hong Kong you have to be able to demonstrate that you are in a position to make a substantial contribution to the economy here. But, if you are presently resident in Hong Kong, […] Keep Reading...>

August 13th, 2023

In Hong Kong With A Dependant Visa & Your Spouse Wants To Leave? First Published On April 11, 2013 – Still Relevant in August 2023 What’s the deal if you’re in Hong Kong with a dependant visa and your spouse wants to leave but you want to stay? Consider … If you find yourself in […] Keep Reading...>

August 12th, 2023