Change of Visa Sponsorship

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What Compliance Obligations Do I Have If I Hold A Hong Kong Employment Visa And Want To Start Freelancing After I Stop Working For My Employer-Sponsor?

April 19th, 2024

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

I hold a Hong Kong employment visa and want to start freelancing…   As a foreign national temporarily resident in Hong Kong on a sponsored employment visa, there are a number of different compliance issues that need to be addressed if you lose your job and you fancy embarking down the path of freelancing on […]

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How Accommodating Are ImmD To Foreign National ‘Job Hoppers’ Seeking To Change Their Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship All-Too Frequently?

April 8th, 2024

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

So what DO the Immigration Department make of applicants who too-frequently seek to change their Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship? QUESTION I was previously working in Hong Kong for a company for the past 2.5 years and switched jobs 32 days ago. My previous employer is now offering me a much senior position and really […]

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How Can I Get The Approval Of The Immigration Department To Change My Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship Without My Current Employer Learning About It?

April 5th, 2024

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

Changing jobs in Hong Kong requires the permission of the Director of Immigration… Dear Stephen, How can I get the approval of the Immigration Department to change my Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship without my current employer learning about it? I have a stable job in Hong Kong and am finalizing an offer with a […]

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Can The Company You Have Just Left Contact Hong Kong Immigration And Make Your Visa Expire Immediately?

April 1st, 2024

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 14 responses

Contact Hong Kong Immigration and make your visa expire? This question comes up often enough for it to warrant another explanation of the arrangements which prevail (current ImmD practice)… QUESTION Dear Visa Geeza,  I’m under the impression that when you leave a company that has been sponsoring your employment visa or if you are fired, […]

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How Do You Prove To The Hong Kong Immigration Department That You Have Tried To Recruit Locally?

March 19th, 2024

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

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 company doesn’t do job ads? What can he present? He does recruit locally via his network since he is just a […]

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What Are The Obligations Of An Employer To A Prospective Employee When An Application For A Hong Kong Employment Visa Has Been Refused?

March 14th, 2024

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Musing, Refusals & Appeals / 4 responses

Foreign nationals seeking to work in Hong Kong have a lot of stake in an employment visa application so when it doesn’t work out positively where does that leave their proposed relationship? QUESTION Hi, After the recruitment process in a multinational company in Hong Kong, they decided to employ me, so I signed the offer […]

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Can I Still Sponsor A Hong Kong Dependant Visa For My New Wife If I Hold An Employment Visa But Am Presently Between Jobs?

March 14th, 2024

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

What will ImmD make of an application to sponsor a dependant visa by a Hong Kong employment visa holding foreign national who doesn’t presently have a job here? QUESTION I am in between jobs (currently on an employment visa in Hong Kong) and plan to get married soon (outside HK). I would like to arrange […]

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What Can I Do If My Employment Contract Ends On The Same Day As My Hong Kong Work Visa And I Need To Stay Here A While Longer To Sort Out My Affairs?

March 7th, 2024

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

Employment law and immigration law are often overlapping but must be dealt with separately…this post talks about what can be done if someone’s employment contract ends on the same day as their Hong Kong work visa, but they need to stay in Hong Kong for a while longer to sort out their affairs. What can […]

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Employment Visa: Does Your Employer Control Your Hong Kong Immigration Destiny?

February 28th, 2024

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says… / 5 responses

No way, for sure not  – it simply is not the way the process works… Your Hong Kong employment visa belongs to you, not your employer. They are just responsible for the sponsorship. If the relationship with your employer sours for any reason and your employment terminates this is what happens to your visa: – […]

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How Easy Is It To Secure A Work Visa Issued Under The Immigration Arrangements For Non-Local Graduates On The Basis Of Freelance Employment?

January 25th, 2024

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

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 […]

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