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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 17th, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 3 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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Will a Break in Continuous Employment Mean a Break in Continuous Residence For the Purposes of a Hong Kong Right of Abode Application?

May 26th, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 11 responses

First Published July 2012 This question raises a really good point of Hong Kong immigration practice and provides an opportunity to shed some light on how ‘continuity of residence’ is considered by the HKID when it comes to permanent residency applications from 7 year-resident foreign nationals in the HKSAR. QUESTION “Hi, I have been working […]

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If I Hold an Employment Visa in Macau and Hong Kong Simultaneously But Live in Hong Kong Should My Wife Get a Dependant Visa for Macau too?

May 12th, 2021

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

Life can get a bit complicated if you work in 2 places at the same time… QUESTION I work for a Hong Kong company in Macau and my wife is my dependent in Hong Kong where we live. My colleague was the same but has now been employed by a Macau company. Does this change […]

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How Do Foreign National Children Resident in Hong Kong for 7 Years Go On to Acquire Permanent Residency Here?

April 30th, 2021

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

The test for the right of abode for foreign national children resident in Hong Kong for 7 years is the same as for adults but the manifestation of that PR takes a slightly different form… QUESTION I’ve heard that our children can independently hold permanent residency once they turn 7.  Is this correct and if […]

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What Impact Will A Temporary Yet Long Term Secondment Overseas For Work Have On My Hong Kong Permanent Residence Application 3 Years From Now?

April 19th, 2021

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

Hong Kong being a small, dynamic city which punches above its weight in the region, this situation happens all the time. So what IS the impact on your subsequent eligibility for the Right of Abode if your employer wants to shift you off-shore temporarily to manage a project? QUESTION I have been working in Hong Kong […]

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Is There Any Fixed Residency Requirement for Retention of a Hong Kong Employment Visa?

April 13th, 2021

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

First Published September 1, 2018 Not every stint for work or business means full time residency in Hong Kong so what to do about ‘half-timers’? QUESTION I am pursuing options to take up employment in Hong Kong and would like to know if there is any residence requirement for retention of a work visa. For […]

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Will You Qualify for the Right of Abode in Hong Kong if it is Not Your Intention to Live Here Permanently?

April 9th, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

Qualify for the right of abode in Hong Kong ? A critical part of eligibility for the right of abode in Hong Kong is your intention, at the time you apply, to make Hong Kong your only place of permanent residence… First Published on October 15, 2013   QUESTION Hello, I have been working in Hong […]

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I Lived in Hong Kong for 11 Years – and Have Been Gone for the Last 7 – Can I Still Get Permanent Residency?

April 1st, 2021

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

First Published July 11, 2018 It happens a lot more often that you might imagine. You’d think that the many early years in Hong Kong ought to count towards your right of abode but all too often disappointment is in the offing… QUESTION Thank you very much for this informative website! I hope you’ll be […]

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Help!! All My Family Are Permanent Residents of Hong Kong and I’m Stuck as a Visitor Due to My Time Spent Studying Abroad – Is There Any Way Forward?

March 31st, 2021

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

First Published July 13, 2018 Sometimes the sun and the moon simply doesn’t align on your Hong Kong immigration situation and, with the system working against you, find yourself orphaned from the rest of your family and questioning the fairness of it all… QUESTION I’m about to kill myself over this visa situation I’m in. […]

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Hong Kong Right of Abode for Foreign Nationals – When Does the 7 Year Clock Start Ticking?

November 15th, 2020

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 10 responses

This question comes up quite often so I’m grateful to this questioner for asking it. The answer is straight forward enough, but in my PodCast below, I set out why the reason it is as it is – and why trying to start your Right of Abode application earlier is essentially an exercise in futulity! […]

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