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I Possess an APEC Business Travel Card – Will It Advantage Me in My Hong Kong Investment Visa Application?

September 13th, 2019

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 5 responses

This question really is all about the Catch 22 which I have posted on quite a few times previously. However, there is an interesting twist in that the questioner has entered Hong Kong on an APEC Business Travel Card and none of his clients are actually based in Hong Kong. So I am grateful for […]

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How Do You Prove to the Hong Kong Immigration Department That You Have Tried to Recruit Locally?

September 11th, 2019

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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I Have Been Made Redundant But My Wife is Working – Can We Swap Our Hong Kong Employment and Spouse Visas Around So I Can Become Her Dependant in Hong Kong?

August 11th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 11 responses

First Published February 27, 2013 It’s a situation that seems to happen all too frequently these days, especially in the banking sector. Can a married couple, both working, effectively swap their Hong Kong employment and spouse visas around? QUESTION Thank you for all your insight to the working of the Hong Kong Immigration Department that I […]

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I Want to Live in Hong Kong With My Boyfriend – Is the Working Holiday Visa A Viable Option?

July 5th, 2019

Posted by / in Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 10 responses

Sometimes, the sun and the moon align beautifully on a set of circumstances to allow an unmarried couple to spend time together in Hong Kong when ordinarily visa circumstances conspire against them. Not on this occasion, however! QUESTION “Hi there, I have just recently returned from Hong Kong to Canada where I am a citizen. […]

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Musing

Considerably Heightened Diligence by ImmD on All Types of Hong Kong Visa Applications

May 8th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Sherpa, Visitor Visas / 2 responses

First published March 6, 2019 and updated May 8, 2019. UPDATE:  8.5.2019 – ImmD are now routinely 2-3 weeks behind their normal case consideration time frames, even as late as May with the Summer Rush just around the corner to boot.  This is borne out by our own dealings with ImmD day-to-day and also the […]

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Musing

Hong Kong Employment Visa Self-Sponsorship – the Reality for Entrepreneurs Masquerading as Employees

April 5th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Musing / 4 responses

First Published May 1, 2012 There really is no such thing as visa self-sponsorship if you are an entrepreneur seeking permissions to join in your own business in Hong Kong. You either work for an independent third party employer, or you are working for yourself (or possibly in partnership with one or 2 others). Let’s […]

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Your Questions Answered

How Do You Prove to the Hong Kong Immigration Department That You Have Tried to Recruit Locally?

February 9th, 2019

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

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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Hadley Says

The Perils of Contriving a Job Offer Just for the Purposes of a Hong Kong Employment Visa Application

January 3rd, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says… / 17 responses

First Published November 25, 2013 Sometimes foreign nationals in Hong Kong take the view that it is acceptable to collaborate in the conjuring up of a job offer just for the purposes of helping a friend or professional colleague secure an employment visa in the HKSAR. However, this is fraught with danger and should not […]

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Infographics

Newcomer’s Guide to Getting a Hong Kong Employment Visa

January 1st, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Infographic, VG Front Page / 10 responses

This infographic sets out how the path to securing a Hong Kong employment visa is traveled, from the decision to look for work through to granting of the all-important visa in your passport. More Stuff to Help You Along The perils of contriving a job offer in order to make an employment visa application in […]

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Can I Go From a Hong Kong Investment Visa to an Employment Visa and Back to an Investment Visa Again?

December 24th, 2018

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

Entrepreneurship is a fluid beast! QUESTION Hello, I was on an investment visa for a year when I started my own business and then took on a full time role with another company.  I was transferred to an employment visa.  I am now considering leaving this role and going back to actively work in my […]

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