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Can I Do Business in Hong Kong Yet Live in Shenzhen to Save Costs & Commute Across the Boundary Each Day to Do My Business?

April 5th, 2018

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

Living in Hong Kong ain’t cheap, that’s for sure… QUESTION I’m an Australian and British citizen currently living in Australia and I want to found a technology Startup company in Hong Kong because the government incentives seem very attractive to do so. The downside is that housing is ultra-expensive in Hong Kong and paying this […]

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What Chance is There That ImmD Will Grant a Visa to a Foreign National Who Previously Overstayed in Hong Kong by Five-And-A-Half Years?

March 31st, 2018

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

Overstayed in Hong Kong for a very long time previously…? Great question this, not so much because the answer is mostly quite obvious, but because it gives me a chance to have a discussion about overstaying generally. QUESTION I was looking for a male helper and found a suitable one for our family. However, he […]

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The Challenge of Visa Approvability for Freelance Writers & Reporters in Hong Kong

March 29th, 2018

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 4 responses

Freelancers in Hong Kong are often faced with a round-pegs-in-square-holes visa situation that is not easily resolved. This post attempts to deal with the challenge of visa approvability for these people and shed some light on what is actually do-able from an immigration perspective. QUESTION I am currently a full-time reporter in Hong Kong, I […]

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How Can I Convert My Foreign Domestic Helper Visa to a Dependant Visa After Marriage to a Hong Kong Permanent Resident?

March 3rd, 2018

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 6 responses

Can you swap from a foreign domestic helper visa to a dependant visa whilst in Hong Kong? QUESTION My domestic helper, from the Philippines, is married to a Hong Kong Permanent Resident. Her contract with me expires in April and they want to apply for a dependent visa for her. Is this possible, what are […]

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Will the Hong Kong Immigration Department Tell You Why a Visitor Visa Application Has Been Refused?

February 28th, 2018

Posted by / in Refusals & Appeals, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

Will the Hong Kong Immigration Department ever tell you why a Visitor Visa application has been refused? One of the more frustrating aspects of dealing with the Hong Kong Immigration Department is the almost total lack of visibility on why applications get refused. No more so when it relates to a ‘limited purpose’ application for […]

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Do You Need a Hong Kong Employment Visa if You Work For a Hong Kong Company But Not in Hong Kong?

February 5th, 2018

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 4 responses

Do the Hong Kong Immigration Department expect every foreign national employee of Hong Kong registered companies to have employment visas even if they have never worked (or never will work) in the HKSAR? QUESTION Is there any problem with a Hong Kong registered company employing someone currently resident in Malaysia for a role supporting one […]

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Can a Hong Kong Sole Proprietorship Form the Basis of a Self-Sponsored Change of Sponsorship Hong Kong Work Visa Approval?

January 21st, 2018

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

Can you get a self-sponsored change of sponsorship Hong Kong work visa? Fantastic question this which took me 10 minutes to think the answer through for! QUESTION As an expat, I currently work for a company that sponsored me in Hong Kong for my work visa.  I now no longer want to work exclusively for […]

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How Does Changing Industries Impact on Your Application to Change Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship?

January 16th, 2018

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

Two-pronged question today starting with how to change Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship into a new job sector… QUESTION My current work visa is about to expire 5 days from now. I’ve applied for a transfer and extension simultaneously almost 4 weeks ago as I am moving to a new employer. The visa application has […]

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If My Hong Kong Training Visa Application is Denied Will I be Precluded From Visiting the HKSAR Subsequently?

December 21st, 2017

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Refusals & Appeals, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

What happens if your application for a Hong Kong training visa gets refused – will be be able to arrive and visit Hong Kong subsequently – or not? QUESTION I’ve been accepted into a startup accelerator in Hong Kong. It’s not one of the “pre-approved” ones for the so-called Start-up visa so I’ve been recommended […]

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What’s the Minimum Sum Needed in Your Bank Account to Successfully Sponsor a Hong Kong Dependant Visa?

December 15th, 2017

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

Got an income but no savings? What impact will this have on your ability to successfully sponsor a Hong Kong dependant visa? QUESTION Hello! I have a work visa and will apply for my husband to stay by applying for a Hong Kong dependant visa. Alas I have no savings, is there a minimum amount […]

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