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Musing

Hong Kong Visas From 39,000 Feet @ General Assembly – Employment Visas

September 14th, 2014

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Musing / 8 responses

On July 10, 2014 I was invited by the good folks at General Assembly to give an overview talk on the opportunities for their foreign national Alumni seeking to remain in Hong Kong after graduating from their excellent programmes. The Rest of the Talk Introduction Visa to Work Own-Business Visa Top Notch Talent Visa 10 Million Dollar […]

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Musing

The Hong Kong Immigration Department Really Are Getting Tougher Across the Board Now…

April 16th, 2014

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 3 responses

It has taken me 21 years to make this claim…  I have been practicing in Hong Kong immigration advisory matters since 1993. All down those years, I have been asked countless times “is Immigration getting harder?’ and unflinchingly I have answered ‘no’. It has always been my experience that if you have an approvable case […]

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Your Questions Answered

QOTW: Can I Get an Employment Visa Again if I Still Owe Taxes From the Last Time I Worked in Hong Kong?

February 23rd, 2014

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

What is the interplay between unpaid taxes and a Hong Kong employment visa application subsequently? QUESTION Hi, I worked in Hong Kong last year, 2013, and left the city mid year after my work terminated. When I left, my company filed a IR56G “leaving Hong Kong” tax form for me with the IRD. However, I […]

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Musing

Lame Excuses Won’t Cut It If You’re Caught Working in Hong Kong Without an Employment Visa

October 10th, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Feature Article, Investment Visas, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 2 responses

Caught Working in Hong Kong Without an Employment Visa? If you’re working in Hong Kong  (paid, unpaid or temporarily transferred in) but do not have an employment visa sponsored by your current employer you are breaking the law and could be subject to 3 years imprisonment and/or up to a HKD350,000 fine. The law is very […]

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Employees Working in Hong Kong

June 23rd, 2013

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If you’ve never previously applied for working permissions here. First Time Applicant Must Have Resources Hong Kong Visa Handbook     If you are relocating to Hong Kong with your current employer. Intercompany Transferee Must Have Resources Hong Kong Visa Handbook     If you’re just changing employers and not doing business for yourself. Changing […]

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Hadley Says

Why Don’t Immigration Consultants Typically Help Aspiring Employees Find Jobs in Hong Kong?

April 3rd, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says… / 4 responses

Given that some countries, like Australia, organise their immigration policy to address skills gaps in their economies with specific temporary visa types, you might expect that Hong Kong would have a thriving job finding + visa service industry. We do, after all, issue more than 17,000 new employment visa approvals each year under the General […]

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60 Second Snapshot'

What Type of Visa Do You Think You Need for Hong Kong?

February 1st, 2013

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Special Programmes / 11 responses

It is important to understand that Hong Kong is quite different, from an immigration perspective, than most other jurisdictions as residence visas are only available to foreign nationals to accommodate their specific reason for wishing to live in Hong Kong. There are no ‘quality of life’ immigration programmes here like there are in countries such […]

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Hadley Says

I Will Only Be Working in Hong Kong For 6 Weeks – Should I Bother Getting an Employment Visa?

January 28th, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says… / 3 responses

Hong Kong immigration law is very clear about the need for foreign nationals to secure permission to work in Hong Kong. If you intend to come here to take up employment, paid or unpaid, for long or short duration, for a local or an overseas employer, you need to secure the consent of the Director […]

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How to Engage the Hong Kong Visa Centre if Your Application Has Been Refused by the Immigration Department

January 23rd, 2013

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Feature Article, Refusals & Appeals / 7 responses

It is a terrible feeling to have your Hong Kong visa application rejected by the Immigration Department and you may by now, be wishing that perhaps you would have been better off seeking professional help from the outset after all. Nevertheless – it is what it is – and if you’re thinking it’s now time […]

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Hadley Says

What Do Both Hong Kong Employment & Investment Visa Applications Share In Common?

January 10th, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas / 15 responses

The approvability tests for both employment visas and investment visas, whilst fundamentally different, call for an examination of the applicant’s special skills, knowledge and experience which can be said to be of value to Hong Kong. In the case of an employment visa, the focus is squarely on the personal profile of the applicant, while in […]

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