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Can I Leave Hong Kong to Work Overseas At the Same Time As I Apply for the Right of Abode in Hong Kong?

November 3rd, 2021

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First Published April 10, 2014 Can you be both settled in Hong Kong, have taken the HKSAR as your only place of residence, yet go and work overseas all at the same time? QUESTION Thank you so much for your wonderfully informative website. I have a question about the timing of starting a new job […]

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Right of Abode – Continuity of Residence – Time Spent Away from Hong Kong for Education or Medical Treatment

October 29th, 2021

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First Published October 4, 2014 Got 2 very similar questions in yesterday so I’m taking the opportunity to kill 2 birds with one stone… QUESTIONS I have a residency visa and this is my 6th year in Hong Kong. I need to go back to my country due to some medical urgency. What amount of […]

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How Can I Prove ‘7 Years Residency’ for My Hong Kong Right of Abode Application if I Do Not Have Any Old Tenancy Agreement Copies?

October 12th, 2021

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

How to skin the cat of the ‘missing tenancy agreement’ is an oft-faced challenge in the game of the Hong Kong Right of Abode Application after 7 years continuous ordinary residence by a foreign national intending permanent resident.  QUESTION What happens if I am unable to provide copies of my tenancy agreements in support of […]

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If I Marry A Local Girl, Get a Dependant Visa for Hong Kong then Move to China for Work, Can I Still Get the Right of Abode After 7 Years?

October 7th, 2021

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First Published October 29, 2014 Does being married to a Hong Kong permanent resident whilst living in China impact on continuity of ordinary residence for the purposes of a right of abode application subsequently? QUESTION Hi, Your website is incredibly helpful! However, my situation doesn’t seem to have an answer yet, so here goes! I’m […]

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Hong Kong Right of Abode Application – How Important Are Prior Tenancy Agreements?

September 27th, 2021

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Are tenancy agreement copies absolutely vital for a successful Hong Kong right of abode application? QUESTION For my Hong Kong PR application, what happens if I am unable to provide copies of my tenancy agreements?  I never thought I would still be here for 7 years so I every 2 years I get rid of […]

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Am I Compelled to Apply for Hong Kong Permanent Residency After 7 Years or Can I Maintain the Status Quo of My Present Employment Visa?

September 11th, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

First Published June 10, 2013 Once you have achieved 7 years continuous ordinary residence in Hong Kong, your long stay immigration options open up considerably… QUESTION My current working visa is due to expire at the end of  September, (previously I was given an extension of 3 years in 2010), this I assume was so that […]

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How Do Lengthy Employment Secondments Away From Hong Kong Impact on Continuity of Ordinary Residence for a Right of Abode Application After 7 Years?

September 4th, 2021

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

First Published December 4, 2013 What do the Hong Kong Immigration Department make of lengthy, albeit temporary, secondments away from the HKSAR in pursuit of your employer’s business interests overseas? QUESTION Thank you for the Hong Kong Visa Handbook, which advises applicants for Right of Abode to be mindful of a 6 months plus absence […]

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How Does Hong Kong Right of Abode Downgrade to the Right to Land Materialize and What Are the Immigration Implications of This?

August 23rd, 2021

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First Published January 17, 2013 If you are a foreign national permanent resident of Hong Kong you will hold a permanent identity card and, as a result, will possess the Rolls Royce immigration status of what is called the right of abode. The right of abode provides you with, effectively,  defacto citizenship of the HKSAR, […]

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I Have Sworn a Declaration That I am Leaving Hong Kong to Receive an MPF Refund – Am I Now Precluded From Making an Application for the Right of Abode Here?

July 1st, 2021

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What a great question – never been asked this before! QUESTION I have been resident in Hong Kong for 5 and a half years on a working visa. I lost my job over 6 months ago and thought that I had no option but to leave. I obtained the MPF refund in May and signed […]

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How Do Foreign National Children Resident in Hong Kong for 7 Years Go On to Acquire Permanent Residency Here?

April 30th, 2021

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

The test for the right of abode for foreign national children resident in Hong Kong for 7 years is the same as for adults but the manifestation of that PR takes a slightly different form… QUESTION I’ve heard that our children can independently hold permanent residency once they turn 7.  Is this correct and if […]

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