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How Can My FDH Visa Holding Fiance Transition into A Dependant Visa With 6-12 Months to Go Before We Get Married?

September 15th, 2021

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 10 responses

Documenting proof of the genuine nature of your relationship is a condition precedent to the grant of a dependant visa with the burden of proof decreasing the longer you have been married. Consequently, the newer your relationship / marriage the greater the onus is on you to satisfy ImmD that this relationship does not exist […]

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I Was Convicted of a Crime and Removed From Hong Kong – How Do My Visa Options Look Now?

September 9th, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Refusals & Appeals, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 19 responses

First Published December 7, 2012 Life in Hong Kong can throw up many challenges, none too much greater than the following: QUESTION Hello, and thank you for the opportunity to ask my question! I have questions, but I will frame my situation first. In June of this year, I made a big mistake and got […]

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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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Will One Month As A Visitor Between Residence Visas Break My Continuity of Residence for the Right of Abode in Hong Kong?

May 22nd, 2021

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

First Published On June 20, 2013 This question raises its head in many different guises but this is the first time that anyone has asked it in such a pointed way in the context of training visas – so I’m pleased to be able to shed some light! QUESTION Hi, Great that you provide this […]

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What Impact Will A Temporary Yet Long Term Secondment Overseas For Work Have On My Hong Kong Permanent Residence Application 3 Years From Now?

April 19th, 2021

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

Hong Kong being a small, dynamic city which punches above its weight in the region, this situation happens all the time. So what IS the impact on your subsequent eligibility for the Right of Abode if your employer wants to shift you off-shore temporarily to manage a project? QUESTION I have been working in Hong Kong […]

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I Possess an APEC Business Travel Card – Will It Advantage Me in My Hong Kong Investment Visa Application?

April 15th, 2021

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

This question really is all about the Catch 22 which I have posted on quite a few times previously. However, there is an interesting twist in that the questioner has entered Hong Kong on an APEC Business Travel Card and none of his clients are actually based in Hong Kong. So I am grateful for […]

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

April 13th, 2021

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

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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Help!! All My Family Are Permanent Residents of Hong Kong and I’m Stuck as a Visitor Due to My Time Spent Studying Abroad – Is There Any Way Forward?

March 31st, 2021

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

First Published July 13, 2018 Sometimes the sun and the moon simply doesn’t align on your Hong Kong immigration situation and, with the system working against you, find yourself orphaned from the rest of your family and questioning the fairness of it all… QUESTION I’m about to kill myself over this visa situation I’m in. […]

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What Chance is There That ImmD Will Grant a Visa to a Foreign National Who Previously Overstayed in Hong Kong by Five-And-A-Half Years?

March 1st, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

Overstayed in Hong Kong for a very long time previously…? Great question this, not so much because the answer is mostly quite obvious, but because it gives me a chance to have a discussion about overstaying generally. QUESTION I was looking for a male helper and found a suitable one for our family. However, he […]

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