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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

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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

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

October 1st, 2020

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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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What Happens to My Girlfriend’s Hong Kong Employment Visa if She Quits Her Job and We Get Engaged – Can She Carry on Working on the Strength of Our Relationship?

May 27th, 2020

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Does being formally engaged to be married to a Hong Kong Permanent Resident materially impact the work permissions available to an employment visa holding fiance? QUESTION I am a permanent resident of Hong Kong working here and I met my girlfriend who is currently employed and on a working visa. However she no longer wants to […]

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Is There Such an Animal as a Hong Kong Employment Visa for an Independant Contractor?

May 21st, 2020

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

Hong Kong Employment Visa for an Independant Contractor? The General Employment Policy anticipates that foreign national Professionals seeking to work in Hong Kong are subject to a formal employer-employee relationship. So what’s the situation if the employer wants to engage you as a contractor? Is it do-able? QUESTION Dear Stephen,  I got a working visa […]

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As a Visitor Living in Hong Kong Do You Need to Get An Investment Visa if You Freelance Here But All Your Income is Sourced Overseas?

October 2nd, 2019

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

What is the law about visitors working in Hong Kong as freelancers but not engaging in the local economy? QUESTION Hi Stephen, I’ve lived in Hong Kong for 2 years and now I’m freelancing and getting all of my income from overseas. I wish to stay in HK, so am I required to get a […]

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Joining in a Side Business in Hong Kong – An Obvious Visa Solution for Certain Types of Employed Professionals

July 9th, 2019

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

First Published August 2, 2012 Thinking about joining in a side business in Hong Kong? Certain foreign national professionals who teach in Hong Kong, especially those at university, often find themselves wishing to participate in their profession whilst educating others. The question is begged as to how they can, from a visa and immigration perspective, […]

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20 – How to Apply For a Hong Kong Investment Visa Without Any Professional Help – Application Plan

May 18th, 2019

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / 13 responses

First Published March 28, 2013  Get the 100% Free Application Roadmap Here Today – Still Highly Relevant & Useful! On January 17, 2013 I gave a talk at Centre O in Wanchai on how to go about applying for a Hong Kong business investment visa without the need to pay for any professional help. The 30 minute talk was […]

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13 – How to Apply For a Hong Kong Investment Visa Without Any Professional Help – The Catch 22

May 16th, 2019

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / 23 responses

First Published February 28, 2013 – But The Advice Holds Good Today On January 17, 2013 I gave a talk at Centre O in Wanchai on how to go about applying for a Hong Kong business investment visa without the need to pay for any professional help. The 30 minute talk was broken down into 24 very easy to […]

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Hong Kong Employment Visa Self-Sponsorship – the Reality for Entrepreneurs Masquerading as Employees

April 5th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Musing / 4 responses

First Published May 1, 2012 There really is no such thing as visa self-sponsorship if you are an entrepreneur seeking permissions to join in your own business in Hong Kong. You either work for an independent third party employer, or you are working for yourself (or possibly in partnership with one or 2 others). Let’s […]

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