Continuous Residence

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If I Have Spent Less Than 180 Days in Hong Kong During the Last Three Years Will it Affect My Application for the Right of Abode?

July 8th, 2022

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What happens if you work for a Hong Kong company but are stationed the majority of your time outside of Hong Kong? Less than 180 days in Hong Kong during the last three years – impact on PR eligibility? QUESTION I studied in Hong Kong for 4 years, and when I graduated, I got an […]

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What Can be Said to Constitute ‘Ordinary Residence’ for the Purposes of a Hong Kong Right of Abode Application?

July 4th, 2022

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 24 responses

This post was first published on December 9, 2012. The question of what constitutes ‘ordinary residence’ in the determination of a Hong Kong right of abode application for a 7 year foreign national resident, can, ultimately, only be settled by the Court. The Hong Kong Immigration Department have their own means of assessing whether an […]

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Work in Hong Kong for 5 Years – Leave for 2 – Then Return – Will I Lose My Continuous Residence for PR Purposes?

June 29th, 2022

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

It happens a lot. You stay and work in Hong Kong for 3, 4, 5 years and get over the hump en route to the magic 7 years needed for a Permanent Identity Card. Then you find yourself having to spend time away from Hong Kong to further your career, education or due to special […]

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Work Ended – What Visa Options Do You Have to Stay in Hong Kong For Another 2 Years to Get Your Permanent Residency?

June 24th, 2022

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

First Published October 14, 2012 This is a popular topic that people query our websites about, so it’s timely that we received this question out of the blue yesterday. In my answer I refer to the following content resources: QMAS, Dependant Visa, Business Investment Visa. QUESTION “I have been working in HK since 2007 on […]

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Can I Extend My Hong Kong Employment Visa if I Have No Job Presently But a Baby Born in Hong Kong?

June 12th, 2022

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

First Published November 19, 2017 Complex immigration scenarios sometimes present themselves with unforeseen consequences – which I am grateful to be able to explore in this excellent question just in… QUESTION I am Canadian and have lived in Hong Kong for almost 6 years. I recently quit my job and my working visa will expire […]

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Will Time Spent in Prison in Hong Kong Break Continuity of Ordinary Residence for the Purposes of a Right of Abode Application After 7 years?

June 1st, 2022

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

Will time spent in prison in Hong Kong break continuity of ordinary residence for PR purposes? First Published on April 10, 2016 QUESTION I am interested to know if there is anything I could do to strengthen the case of my application for the right of abode (permanent residency) and I am also unsure if […]

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Does Time Spent Outside of Hong Kong Working For A Hong Kong Employer Break Continuity of Residence for PR Purposes After 7 Years?

May 6th, 2022

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

Time spent outside of Hong Kong working for a Hong Kong employer? This question has come up before but the questioner has assumed that his training visa will be extended subsequently so…  QUESTION I am married and have two kids aged 8 and 5. I have recently taken up employment in Hong Kong with a […]

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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 / 3 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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