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I Have a Socially Advantageous Yet Modestly Capitalised Business Plan – Can I Get an Investment Visa For Hong Kong?

December 18th, 2020

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 12 responses

This is an important question on the business investment visa for Hong Kong…. Experience suggests that the Hong Kong Immigration Department do tend to look favourably upon such business plans, but the applicant absolutely does not have it all his or her own way, as you will learn in my PodCast answer. (Please note the […]

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In Hong Kong is it Possible to Get an Employment Visa to Work For Yourself and Also a Full Time Employer Both at the Same Time?

December 10th, 2020

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

How can you have your cake AND eat it in Hong Kong – working for both yourself AND also a third party employer at the same time? QUESTION Hi, I’ve read (or I think I read) that with an employee visa we can transform it to an investor visa with the agreement of the employer. […]

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How Can I Go From Being a Sponsored Hong Kong Employment Visa Holder to Working in My Own Business as I Wait Out the 7 Years to Permanent Residency Here?

November 29th, 2020

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

If you leave your job and want to start your own business in Hong Kong, what are the immigration implications of this if you are a temporary resident foreign national employee? QUESTION Hi Stephen, I am in a bit of a pickle, I am currently waiting for my PR and I have a visa extension […]

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Does Choosing Not to Pay Yourself a Salary Mean It’s OK to Run a Business in Hong Kong Without Getting an Investment Visa First?

October 23rd, 2020

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

There appears to be a misconception among foreign nationals that you can be living here and it be OK to run a business in Hong Kong without getting an investment visa just so long as you don’t pay yourself a salary… QUESTION I currently hold a working visa which is still valid for almost 2 more […]

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Can I Sponsor Myself for Freelance Work ‘On-the-Side’ Whilst Working For My Current Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsor?

October 21st, 2020

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

This is joining in a side business albeit in another name… QUESTION Info -NZ Passport holder -Working in Hong Kong for three years with an employer. Hello I would like to know how I would go about starting a business in Hong Kong. I would like to start a freelance business. I am worried about my visa […]

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Dependant Visa Proof of Means – A Chicken & Egg Situation for a Couple Relocating a Business to Hong Kong

October 15th, 2020

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

First Published August 24, 2017 Thankfully, Hong Kong immigration is not overly bureaucratic or legalistic so what appears to be an intractable problem more often than not is not such a big deal after all… QUESTION Hello, My wife and I were married earlier this year. I am a US citizen, but she is an […]

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Is it Ever Possible to Seek An Early Extension to a Hong Kong Investment Visa for a Non-Immigration Related Reason?

October 1st, 2020

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

What will the Hong Kong Immigration Department make of a very early application for an extension to a business investment visa? QUESTION I am 6 months into my first 12 month stint of an investment employment visa.  I am looking to move into a new apartment and the landlord is requesting a minimum of 12 […]

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Is There a Minimum Number of Days You Need to be in Hong Kong in Order to Maintain Your Investment Visa Status?

September 29th, 2020

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

Hong Kong is a small place with borders on our doorstep so how much time do you need to be physically in Hong Kong to retain your Hong Kong investment visa? QUESTION I would like to know, if I am able to hold a visa in Hong Kong, then what is the minimum time per […]

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How Can My Chinese Girlfriend and I Create the Immigration Circumstances to Allow Us to Relocate to a New Life Together in Hong Kong?

September 21st, 2020

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Being a Chinese national resident on the Mainland makes it difficult to relocate to Hong Kong… QUESTION I’m a British and Australian citizen (dual nationality) living in Australia and I have a mainland Chinese girlfriend, presently living in China. We wish to move to Hong Kong to live together and I want to start a […]

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What Visa Category Should I Use to Expand My SME Business Operations From Gibraltar to Hong Kong?

September 11th, 2020

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 7 responses

First Published January 10, 2017 What Hong Kong visa category should I use to expand my SME business operations from my base in Gibraltar? Down the years literally dozens of such entrepreneurs have passed through my office and I am proud to have been associated with this flow of foreign national talent. It came as […]

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