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How Can a Defacto Spouse Gain Approval to Work Under a Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visa?

June 30th, 2022

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

So, what happens if a defacto partner ‘trailing spouse’ wants to take up employment in Hong Kong under a prolonged visitor visa? Is this possible? QUESTION Hi Visa Geeza, I have been offered a job in Hong Kong and me and my de-facto partner are considering the move. Whilst the company will sponsor me,  my […]

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How Can I Get the Approval of the Immigration Department to Change My Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship Without My Current Employer Learning About It?

June 24th, 2022

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

Changing jobs in Hong Kong requires the permission of the Director of Immigration… Dear Stephen, How can I get the approval of the Immigration Department to change my Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship without my current employer learning about it? I have a stable job in Hong Kong and am finalizing an offer with a […]

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Is it Ever Possible to Swap a Foreign Domestic Helper Visa into a Regular Employment Visa in Hong Kong?

June 22nd, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Feature Article, Your Question Answered / 21 responses

Can you swap a Foreign Domestic Helper visa into a Regular employment visa? This is a reasonable question that has an obvious answer although not for the reasons you might typically expect. In 20 years of practising Hong Kong visa and immigration consultancy, the only successful change of status application from FDH to residence visa […]

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Is There Such An Animal As A ” Flexible Working Visa ” for Hong Kong?

June 21st, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 24 responses

Like the Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster, I’ve heard mention of this mythical beast several times down the years, so I was really pleased when this question came in recently as it gives me an opportunity to slay a sacred cow or 2. QUESTION Is there a flexible work visa in Hong Kong? Because […]

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Can I Extend My Hong Kong Employment Visa if I Have No Job Presently But a Baby Born in Hong Kong?

June 12th, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, VG Front Page, Your Question Answered / No responses

First Published November 19, 2017 Complex immigration scenarios sometimes present themselves with unforeseen consequences – which I am grateful to be able to explore in this excellent question just in… QUESTION I am Canadian and have lived in Hong Kong for almost 6 years. I recently quit my job and my working visa will expire […]

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Can I Remain in Hong Kong as a Dependant Visa Holder if My Spouse Has Died?

June 10th, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Feature Article, Your Question Answered / 1 response

What can you do about your dependant visa status in Hong Kong if you have sadly lost your much loved spouse-as-sponsor? QUESTION Hello, I came to Hong Kong on a dependent visa (my wife, a PR, sponsoring me). I have already completed 3.5 years and my visa is about due for extension. The dilemma I […]

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How Accommodating Are ImmD to Foreign National ‘Job Hoppers’ Seeking to Change Their Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship All-Too Frequently?

June 8th, 2022

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

So what DO the Immigration Department make of applicants who too-frequently seek to change their Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship? QUESTION I was previously working in Hong Kong for a company for the past 2.5 years and switched jobs 32 days ago. My previous employer is now offering me a much senior position and really […]

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What Compliance Obligations Do I Have if I Hold a Hong Kong Employment Visa and Want to Start Freelancing After I Stop Working for My Employer-Sponsor?

June 6th, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

I hold a Hong Kong employment visa and want to start freelancing…   As a foreign national temporarily resident in Hong Kong on a sponsored employment visa, there are a number of different compliance issues that need to be addressed if you lose your job and you fancy embarking down the path of freelancing on […]

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What Does the Hong Kong Training Visa Actually Allow and What Do the Immigration Department Expect of the Parties to the Application?

May 22nd, 2022

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

The Hong Kong training visa is an oft-misunderstood animal so I am grateful for this question that allows me to clear up some of the confusion. QUESTION Hi, congrats on the website, it’s very helpful! I just arrived in Hong Kong and my new potential employer is worried about the following: (a) That if I […]

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Can Elderly Parents Come to Live With Their Son Who Only Holds a Hong Kong Employment Visa?

May 18th, 2022

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 6 responses

if you hold a Hong Kong employment visa, bringing elderly parents to join you in Hong Kong is an area of immigration practice that is fraught with difficulty – as well as uncertainty. Dependant visas are, as a matter of policy, not available for non permanent residents yet it’s a scenario that presents itself all […]

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