Ordinary Residence

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Does Time Spent Outside of Hong Kong Working For A Hong Kong Employer Break Continuity of Residence for PR Purposes After 7 Years?

May 6th, 2022

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

Time spent outside of Hong Kong working for a Hong Kong employer? This question has come up before but the questioner has assumed that his training visa will be extended subsequently so…  QUESTION I am married and have two kids aged 8 and 5. I have recently taken up employment in Hong Kong with a […]

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Can You Hold a Hong Kong Employment Visa Yet Be Unemployed, Travel & (Even) Work Abroad for An Extended Period of Time Yet Still Qualify for the Right of Abode Here After 7 Years?

April 13th, 2022

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

First Published September 22, 2017 Is it possible to hold an employment visa, not work for your sponsoring employer and travel, live and possibly even work outside of Hong Kong through to the 7 years qualification mark and still qualify for the right of abode? QUESTION Hi Stephen, I have a question regarding Hong Kong […]

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How Can I Regain the Right of Abode in Hong Kong if I Have Been Downgraded to the Right to Land?

April 3rd, 2022

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

Getting from the Right to Land to the Right of Abode is the same as coming from a temporary visa to a permanent identity card. It’s all about the magic seven years in Hong Kong…  QUESTION I am a UK Citizen with the Right to Land. I understand that with Right to Land, I have no […]

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Can I Work in Shenzhen on My Hong Kong Employment Visa?

March 28th, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

Can I work in Shenzhen on my Hong Kong employment visa? So, just what is the deal with being employed ex Hong Kong but actually working in China? QUESTION I just graduated with a Master’s degree from a Hong Kong university. I am still a Hong Kong resident with student status. My university allows me […]

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Case Studies

Hong Kong Permanent Residency Approval With 2 Year Absence From Hong Kong!

January 15th, 2022

Posted by / in Case Study, Long Stay & PR / 20 responses

First Published: December 8, 2013 This case study details a Hong Kong Right of Abode application where our client had, due to ill health, unexpectedly spent more than two years away from Hong Kong during the 7 years of continuous ordinary residence needed to lawfully establish permanent residency in the HKSAR. More Stuff You May […]

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Can I Quit My Job Just Before My 7 Year Anniversary to Work Overseas & Still Quality for PR in Hong Kong?

December 23rd, 2021

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

Interesting scenario this one… QUESTION I have been continuously employed here for almost 7 years and will be eligible to apply for PR in Hong Kong this Sept. If I leave my current job and start working for a different company outside of Hong Kong, is there any way I can still be eligible for […]

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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?

November 26th, 2021

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No 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 Hold an IANG Visa and Leave Hong Kong to Work Overseas Before My 7 Years Are Up, Will I Still Qualify for PR Here?

November 19th, 2021

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

QUESTION I’m a Chinese National and now working in HK on IANG Visa.  I have been living in Hong Kong continuously for 6 years (I came here in August 2013, then 1 year study and 5 year work).  My current IANG visa is valid until July 2022 (all visas are back to back).  Theoretically I […]

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How Considered Advance Planning Might Save a Doomed Right of Abode Application & Spare the Loss of Several Years Continuous Ordinary Residence in Hong Kong

November 11th, 2021

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

First Published On December 9, 2013 It happens a lot more often that you might imagine – inadvertent loss of ‘ordinary residence‘ setting back your application for permanent residence here in Hong Kong. QUESTION My wife and I came to Hong Kong to work in 2006. However she went to business school in Europe in […]

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

November 7th, 2021

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 1 response

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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