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

June 21st, 2021

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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Can I Come to Hong Kong as Visitor, Find a Job, Then Change to an Employment Visa?

June 19th, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 9 responses

First Published June 20, 2012 Down the years a great many foreign nationals arrive in Hong Kong as visitors ‘on spec’ and are able to successfully change their immigration status in order for them to take up employment when a job offer manifests itself here. This question discusses this very issue and provides the answer […]

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Will the Immigration Department Extend My Employment Visa if I Am Subject to a Police Investigation?

June 14th, 2021

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

How do the Hong Kong Immigration Department consider the likely impact of possible criminal charges on a foreign national temporary resident and his or her ability to remain here pending the outcome of the processes leading to a determination as to whether or not to press charges? Here follows a question-answer dialogue I had by […]

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I am an Independent Contractor Not an Employee – Can I Get an Employment Visa as an Intercompany Transferee?

June 12th, 2021

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

Sometimes, round-pegs-in-square-holes situations crop up which make the challenge of securing a Hong Kong employment visa especially daunting! This question raises a very interesting set of circumstances which make for an interesting visa application experience ahead! QUESTION “I have been working for the same group of companies for the last 7 years. We have operations […]

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I Want to Live in Hong Kong With My Boyfriend – Is the Working Holiday Visa A Viable Option?

June 8th, 2021

Posted by / in Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 10 responses

Sometimes, the sun and the moon align beautifully on a set of circumstances to allow an unmarried couple to spend time together in Hong Kong when ordinarily visa circumstances conspire against them. Not on this occasion, however! QUESTION “Hi there, I have just recently returned from Hong Kong to Canada where I am a citizen. […]

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My Employment Visa Has Been Refused – What Can I Do Now?

June 6th, 2021

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

My employment visa has been refused …. We have been contacted a lot recently by applicants who’s cases have been refused  – so this question is both timely and, for all those affected, of great significance. QUESTION “I would like to know if, once  I have received the first rejection letter from an Officer of the […]

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Can the Company You Have Just Left Contact Hong Kong Immigration And Make Your Visa Expire Immediately?

May 30th, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Special Programmes, Your Question Answered / 8 responses

Contact Hong Kong Immigration and make your visa expire? This question comes up often enough for it to warrant another explanation of the arrangements which prevail (current ImmD practice)… QUESTION Dear Visa Geeza,  I’m under the impression that when you leave a company that has been sponsoring your employment visa or if you are fired, […]

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Half Way Through the Process, is it Possible to Cancel One Hong Kong Employment Visa Application to Start a Second One Instead?

May 28th, 2021

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

It sometimes happens that 2 job offers emerge in quick succession and you prefer to accept the 2nd one but the visa application for the first one has already started. So what happens in a situation like this? QUESTION I am currently in Hong Kong and about to sign a contract with a company who […]

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Can I Set Up a Hong Kong Company, Employ My Business Partner & Sponsor an Employment Visa For Him?

May 18th, 2021

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

The answer to this question is multi-part and ultimately driven by the challenges associated with a New Business Situation… QUESTION I am based in Hong Kong and would like your advice on visa applications for a friend.   A friend of mine, who is based in the US and I have been discussing a business opportunity for Hong Kong and […]

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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 / 6 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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