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What’s the difference between Unconditional Stay and Permanent Residence in Hong Kong?

August 9th, 2021

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This question comes up all the time (and is actually answered on the home page of our Blog) but I am grateful for the opportunity to revisit it again now… QUESTION Hi, I’m currently working in Hong Kong with a valid working visa but have been offered a job with another company in Hong Kong. […]

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Will My Hong Kong Employment Visa be Compromised If I Leave My Job Due to Intolerable Working Conditions?

August 7th, 2021

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Should you be worried that your employment visa status in Hong Kong might be undermined if you choose to leave the employ of an unsavoury employer? QUESTION Hello, my current employer and visa sponsor is a small business, and my working conditions are intolerable – twice the amount of hours than stated on the contract, […]

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Can I Come to Install Equipment in Hong Kong Without an Employment Visa?

August 5th, 2021

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

First Published February 4, 2019 Permitted activity under the Visitor visa category seems to be something of a grey area and in the final analysis it all boils down to the attitude of the Immigration Department for a breach of conditions of stay. However, some activities are self-evidently ‘employment‘ in nature and the answer to […]

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

July 24th, 2021

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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 example, how long can one […]

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How Can I Prove to the Hong Kong Immigration Department My Last Day of Work for My Previous Employer as Part of My Change of Employment Visa Sponsorship Application?

July 8th, 2021

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

First Published July 29, 2013 The Immigration Department need documentation to understand when to demarcate new from old sponsorship arrangements when changing employers and the million dollar question is……. what will suffice? QUESTION I have a sponsored visa from my current employer until November 2014. I am now wanting to leave this company and start […]

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Freelance Consulting in Hong Kong – Can You Get a Visa?

May 24th, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 6 responses

First Published April 22, 2012 Visas for one-man consulting businesses figure constantly in our enquiries Inbox. This post will attempt to put to bed this question once and for all… QUESTION “I am currently working as a consultant for a South African company and I am doing consulting for a large international conglomerate in Hong […]

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Do You Need To Leave Hong Kong To ‘Activate’ A Hong Kong Employment Visa Extension?

May 14th, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Sherpa, VG Front Page, Your Question Answered / 8 responses

Do you need to leave Hong Kong to activate a Hong Kong employment visa extension of stay together with an accompanying dependant visa? Has Covid19 made any difference to the way the Hong Kong Immigration Department extend such status for currently resident foreign nationals? QUESTION Hi Visa Geeza. I’m asking a question that has already […]

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

April 13th, 2021

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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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How Can an Overseas Company Temporarily Sponsor Hong Kong Employment Visa Permissions?

February 27th, 2021

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

A frequently experienced conundrum. How can a foreign company temporarily sponsor Hong Kong employment visa permissions for its employees and contractors who need to work here in pursuit of a commercial arrangement which is of an indefinite or fixed duration here? QUESTION How can one visit and deliver short-term (typically 1-5 days duration) training courses […]

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