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Hong Kong Visa & Immigration Topics

Musing

Interview: Has Hong Kong Ever Been Used as a Kind of Stepping Stone Into Another Immigration Jurisdiction?

August 30th, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 2 responses

On June 6th, 2013 I was interviewed by five law students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong about my experiences practicing immigration here over the last 20 years. We covered a great deal of ground in the 90 minutes we spent together and over the next few weeks I will be posting the interview […]

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Musing

A Public Thank You to the Hong Kong Immigration Department

August 23rd, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Feature Article, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 1 response

A few weeks ago we received instructions from a client who was needing to extend a Quality Migrant Admission Scheme visa on the strength of a new business she was in the process of implementing here in Hong Kong (after a few years of working as an employee under the QMAS programme). Still relatively new, […]

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Musing

Interview: Is the Hong Kong Immigration Department Website Actually Fit For Purpose?

August 8th, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 16 responses

On June 6th, 2013 I was interviewed by five law students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong about my experiences practicing immigration here over the last 20 years. We covered a great deal of ground in the 90 minutes we spent together and over the next few weeks I will be posting the interview […]

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Musing

So, What Happens to Fiances Now in Hong Kong – Can They Get Any Kind of Visa Prior to Marriage?

August 1st, 2013

Posted by / in Family Visas, Musing, Visitor Visas / 1 response

Nope. For Hong Kong visa purposes, fiances may as well not exist. It used to be that the Immigration Department would routinely grant extensions to visitor visas for up to 2 months for those foreign nationals who were engaged to be married, had booked their ceremony and were one bag of sugar away from icing […]

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UPDATE: Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visas for British Nationals – the Jury is Still Out After All

January 26th, 2013

Posted by / in Family Visas, Musing, Refusals & Appeals / 1 response

I am really grateful to Paula Walker of Crown Mobility for engaging last week on the topic of prolonged visitor visas for British nationals seeking to join their loved ones in Hong Kong. Following on from Thursday’s post (where I reported that UK nationals are no longer able to persuade ImmD to grant them prolonged visitor visas) […]

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Your Questions Answered

Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visas No Longer Available to British National Trailing Life Partners

January 24th, 2013

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

It has recently become apparent that British Citizens can no longer receive Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visas to stay in Hong Kong with their defacto spouses and Life Partners… Update: the issue remains open, after all… QUESTION Hi I moved here with my partner two years ago for his job and since then have been […]

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What Happens if You Overstay Your Hong Kong Visa Limit of Stay?

January 22nd, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 113 responses

The Immigration Department are very strict about people who overstay their visa in Hong Kong. If you are a visitor here and find yourself a day or 2 accidently overstaying, and have a good reason for this oversight, you may very well be able to sort it out at the airport as you depart. However, […]

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Musing

The Visa Geeza on RTHK Radio Three – Jan 2013

January 15th, 2013

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing / 1 response

Phil @ RTHK very kindly had me back in the hot seat on Monday and, no sooner had I sat down, he had us off to the races. We talked a great deal about the Right of Abode and the Right to Land today – and also prolonged visitor visa for a Defacto Spouse. You […]

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Musing

A Harsh Decision – Why the Hong Kong Immigration Department Will Not Give My Client a Prolonged Visitor Visa

December 6th, 2012

Posted by / in Family Visas, Musing, Visitor Visas / 7 responses

I’ve written lots and lots previously about same sex partner visa applications for Hong Kong. To recap, same sex partners who are in a loving committed life partner relationship and who have cohabited previously prior to their relocation here, can expect that the ‘trailing spouse’ will go on to procure a prolonged visitor visa in […]

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60 Second Snapshot'

What Hong Kong Visa Options Exist for Unmarried, Trailing Partners?

August 20th, 2012

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Special Programmes / 23 responses

Under Hong Kong immigration policy, if you’re married, life is pretty much plain sailing from a visa perspective. Married spouses accompanying their partners to the HKSAR when they come to work secure dependent visas which effectively provide carte blanche approvals to engage in any kind of activity which is lawful, eg, study, work, or establish […]

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