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Blended, Unmarried, Non-Traditional Family With School-Age Kids – What Hong Kong Visa Choices Exist?

April 18th, 2023

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

Blended, Unmarried, Non-Traditional Family With School-Age Kids – What Hong Kong Visa Choices Exist? First Published April 25, 2012 – Updated February 2, 2024 Hong Kong Visa Choices? As I work my way through the preparations for the launch of VisaGeeza.Ai, I am taking the opportunity to give a fresh lick of paint to advice […]

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Has the Hong Kong Immigration Department Tightened Up On Applicants With Criminal Records Recently?

January 28th, 2023

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 4 responses

Update February 27, 2023 The question of criminal records and how they impact on Hong Kong visa applications keeps cropping up… QUESTION Hi, I have previously lived in Hong Kong, once as a student so obviously held a student visa and then a couple of years later working there so had an employment visa. I’m […]

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I Have an Employment Visa and I Want to Bring My Girlfriend to Hong Kong – Options Please?

January 10th, 2023

Posted by / in Family Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 9 responses

” I Want to Bring My Girlfriend to Hong Kong”. This is a common challenge for people in serious, yet relatively new  relationships. The Hong Kong visa options are few and far between. You absolutely have to make sure that you stay on the right side of the law on this one. It’s all too […]

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What’s a Suitable Hong Kong Visa & Immigration Strategy for a Highly Accomplished Professional Trailing Unmarried Partner?

January 21st, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 8 responses

A suitable Hong Kong visa & immigration strategy for a highly accomplished professional trailing unmarried partner It’s only natural to wish to iron out all the immigration wrinkles prior to a relocation to Hong Kong when you’re joining your loved one who’s transferring here. This question provides a great opportunity for a discussion of the […]

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Will A Domestic Dispute With Police Attending Compromise Your Present or Future Hong Kong Immigration Status?

December 27th, 2021

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

Never has this question has been posed in this way previously so I am grateful to receive it… QUESTION Great website! I hope this reaches you well. I’m writing on behalf of my partner, who has been in Hong Kong for over 6 years. He’s coming up to his 7th year of continuous residency, and […]

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Can I Study Online for a UK Tertiary Qualification while Staying in Hong Kong with a Visitor Visa?

November 23rd, 2021

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

This question gets to the heart of permitted activity as a Visitor and the ability to remain here on an indefinite basis on that status. QUESTION Hi, I am a New Zealander currently staying in Hong Kong with my partner who is a permanent HKID card holder. I do not have a HKID card, just […]

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Has the Hong Kong Immigration Department Tightened Up On Applicants With Criminal Records Recently?

January 13th, 2020

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

Update February 27, 2023 The question of criminal records and how they impact on Hong Kong visa applications keeps cropping up… QUESTION Hi, I have previously lived in Hong Kong, once as a student so obviously held a student visa and then a couple of years later working there so had an employment visa. I’m […]

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Interview: In the Last 20 Years Which Type of Hong Kong Visa Has Been Most in Demand and the Easiest to Anticipate an Approval For?

June 19th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 11 responses

First Published August 22, 2013 Which type of Hong Kong visa has been most in demand in the last 20 years and how easy has it been to get approval for this visa type? On June 6th, 2013 I was interviewed by five law students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong about my experiences […]

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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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What is the Condition Precedent for Defacto Spouses In Securing a Prolonged Visitor Visa for Hong Kong?

March 2nd, 2019

Posted by / in Family Visas, Hadley Says… / 3 responses

First Published 27th June 2013 In Hong Kong, unmarried heterosexual life partners who share their lives as defacto spouses can’t apply for a dependent visa for the non principal visa holding partner. Instead they have to reply on a positive act of discretion of the Director of Immigration via an application for a prolonged visitor […]

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