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How to Engage the Hong Kong Visa Centre if Your Application Has Been Refused by the Immigration Department

January 23rd, 2013

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Feature Article, Refusals & Appeals / 7 responses

It is a terrible feeling to have your Hong Kong visa application rejected by the Immigration Department and you may by now, be wishing that perhaps you would have been better off seeking professional help from the outset after all. Nevertheless – it is what it is – and if you’re thinking it’s now time […]

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WRAP UP: How to Apply for a Hong Kong Investment Visa Without Any Professional Help – Public Talk by Stephen Barnes on January 17, 2013

January 19th, 2013

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / 34 responses

There was a smaller than average turnout but the numbers were perfect for the cosy, ‘mingle and talk’ environment afforded by Centre O in Wanchai last Thursday night. I was there to talk about the challenges faced by foreign national entrepreneurs in securing the necessary immigration permissions to join in or establish businesses here in […]

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10 Must Have Resources for a Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme Visa Application

December 27th, 2012

Posted by / in Musing, Resource, Special Programmes / 17 responses

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is the jeckyll and hyde visa programme of the Hong Kong Immigration Department. At once, it is a tremendous addition to the various visa options available to intending foreign national residents of the HKSAR and is warmly welcomed. However (truth be known) in the final analysis it is not much […]

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Hong Kong Investment Visa Applications – What’s Involved?

June 9th, 2012

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / 9 responses

Guess what? You might be surprised to learn that, for an entrepreneurial driven economy such as Hong Kong’s, there are only comparatively few investment visas granted annually. The 200-300 approvals recorded are very modest matched against the 25,000 work visas issued yearly and indeed, the 1,300 capital investment visas which were granted in 2010. As […]

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How to Stop Worrying About Your Hong Kong Visa & Start Applying!

May 1st, 2012

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes / 16 responses

Everyone, at some point during their time in Hong Kong, has had to deal with the hassle of visas down at the Immigration Department in Wanchai. First, you have to get the damn thing, and then you need to extend it. Before long  (maybe) you’ll change employers, possibly start a new business, get  divorced, have […]

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How to Cure Your Hong Kong Visa Extension Headache & Make Sure it Gets Approved the Very First Time!

May 1st, 2012

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes / 23 responses

Let’s face it, the regular traipse down to Immigration Tower to get your visa extended is a right royal pain in the @ss. The process is uncertain, you’re not sure what exactly you need to prepare and there’s always that nagging doubt that they might even say NO to your application! Moreover, you’re never really […]

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Can I Apply for a Visa After I Have Moved to Hong Kong or Should I Apply Beforehand?

May 1st, 2012

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas / 2 responses

In some cases, you simply must be outside of Hong Kong to apply. In others, you definitely have to be in Hong Kong on the day your application is filed. It all depends. There are pros and cons and a lot depends on your nationality too! More Stuff to Help You Along I have been made […]

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Realistically, What is the Minimum Number of Points for a Shot at a QMAS Approval?

April 21st, 2012

Posted by / in Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 12 responses

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme attracts a lot of interest from the Asian subcontinent, ostensibly because of the ‘if-you-don’t-try-you’ll-never-know’  nature of the programme along with the facts that it costs next to nothing in official fees to apply (compared with, say, Australia where you seemingly have to mortgage your first born in fees to the […]

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A Detailed Business Plan for Your Hong Kong Investment Visa? – Not Really…

March 3rd, 2012

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing, VG Front Page / 1 response

I always stifle a chuckle when I read on the websites of professional service providers offering a Hong Kong visa and immigration product that there is a need for a ‘detailed business plan’ in each and every Hong Kong investment visa application. It’s simply not true. Certainly, every applicant for an investment visa needs to […]

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