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Can You Hold a Hong Kong Employment Visa Yet Be Unemployed, Travel & (Even) Work Abroad for An Extended Period of Time Yet Still Qualify for the Right of Abode Here After 7 Years?

April 13th, 2022

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

First Published September 22, 2017 Is it possible to hold an employment visa, not work for your sponsoring employer and travel, live and possibly even work outside of Hong Kong through to the 7 years qualification mark and still qualify for the right of abode? QUESTION Hi Stephen, I have a question regarding Hong Kong […]

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How Can I Regain the Right of Abode in Hong Kong if I Have Been Downgraded to the Right to Land?

April 3rd, 2022

Posted by / in Feature Article, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

Getting from the Right to Land to the Right of Abode is the same as coming from a temporary visa to a permanent identity card. It’s all about the magic seven years in Hong Kong…  QUESTION I am a UK Citizen with the Right to Land. I understand that with Right to Land, I have no […]

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Can I Still Get Permanent Residency in Hong Kong if I Lose My Job and My Visa Work Expires On Exactly the Same Day as My 7 Year Anniversary in Hong Kong?

March 9th, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 7 responses

First Published September 14, 2017 Tough question this – so what’s the answer…? QUESTION Hello Hong Kong Visa Geeza, This website is simply wonderful and resourceful!! Thanks. I had a question and was wondering if you can please help. I finish 7 years in Hong Kong in November and my current employment visa expires on […]

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Case Studies

Hong Kong Permanent Residency Approval With 2 Year Absence From Hong Kong!

January 15th, 2022

Posted by / in Case Study, Long Stay & PR / 20 responses

Hong Kong Permanent Residency Approval With 2 Year Absence From Hong Kong! First Published: December 8, 2013 This case study details a Hong Kong Right of Abode application where our client had, due to ill health, unexpectedly spent more than two years away from Hong Kong during the 7 years of continuous ordinary residence needed […]

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Can I Quit My Job Just Before My 7 Year Anniversary to Work Overseas & Still Quality for PR in Hong Kong?

December 23rd, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

Interesting scenario this one… QUESTION I have been continuously employed here for almost 7 years and will be eligible to apply for PR in Hong Kong this Sept. If I leave my current job and start working for a different company outside of Hong Kong, is there any way I can still be eligible for […]

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Can My Dependant Child Go On to Become a Hong Kong Permanent Resident if I am Not Married to His Mother?

December 19th, 2021

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

First Published On July 17, 2013 Children born in Hong Kong to a Hong Kong permanent resident have their eligibility for permanent identity cards established at birth. But what if the child is born to a Hong Kong permanent resident not married to its mother and where the child was born outside of Hong Kong? […]

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How Considered Advance Planning Might Save A Doomed Right Of Abode Application & Spare The Loss Of Several Years Continuous Ordinary Residence In Hong Kong

November 11th, 2021

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

How Considered Advance Planning Might Save A Doomed Right Of Abode Application & Spare the Loss Of Several Years Continuous Ordinary Residence In Hong Kong First Published On December 9, 2013 It happens a lot more often that you might imagine – inadvertent loss of ‘ordinary residence‘ setting back your application for permanent residence here […]

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How Do Foreign National Children Resident in Hong Kong for 7 Years Go On to Acquire Permanent Residency Here?

November 7th, 2021

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

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 I’ve heard that our children can independently hold permanent residency once they turn 7.  Is this correct and if […]

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Can I Leave Hong Kong to Work Overseas At the Same Time As I Apply for the Right of Abode in Hong Kong?

November 3rd, 2021

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

First Published April 10, 2014 Can you be both settled in Hong Kong, have taken the HKSAR as your only place of residence, yet go and work overseas all at the same time? QUESTION Thank you so much for your wonderfully informative website. I have a question about the timing of starting a new job […]

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How Do Lengthy Employment Secondments Away From Hong Kong Impact on Continuity of Ordinary Residence for a Right of Abode Application After 7 Years?

September 4th, 2021

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

First Published December 4, 2013 What do the Hong Kong Immigration Department make of lengthy, albeit temporary, secondments away from the HKSAR in pursuit of your employer’s business interests overseas? QUESTION Thank you for the Hong Kong Visa Handbook, which advises applicants for Right of Abode to be mindful of a 6 months plus absence […]

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