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Can I Come to Install Equipment in Hong Kong Without an Employment Visa?

October 3rd, 2021

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

First Published July 7, 2019 Can I Come & Install Equipment in Hong Kong Without an Employment Visa.? Permitted activity under the Visitor visa category seems to be something of a grey area and in the final analysis it all boils down to the attitude of the Immigration Department for a breach of conditions of […]

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Do I Need an Employment Visa Even if I Will be in Hong Kong for Just 2 Weeks to Complete a Consulting Assignment?

August 29th, 2021

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

A foreign national seeking to come to Hong Kong to work, paid or unpaid, for a long or short duration, requires the permission of the Hong Kong Director of Immigration. QUESTION Dear Stephen Your on-line book is very clear and helpful. I just need to clarify my position – and you must get lots of […]

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Can I Come to Install Equipment in Hong Kong Without an Employment Visa?

August 5th, 2021

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

First Published February 4, 2019 Permitted activity under the Visitor visa category seems to be something of a grey area and in the final analysis it all boils down to the attitude of the Immigration Department for a breach of conditions of stay. However, some activities are self-evidently ‘employment‘ in nature and the answer to […]

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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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Long Term Business Visit to Hong Kong – Do I Need an Employment Visa?

March 15th, 2021

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

First Published June 19, 2018 With Hong Kong having such a liberal visa-upon-arrival regime (with more than 160 nationalities being granted permission to visit for between 7 and 180 days – depending on which passport you carry), it is understandable that there is confusion as to what is permitted activity if you are a ‘business […]

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

March 13th, 2021

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 an Overseas Company Temporarily Sponsor Hong Kong Employment Visa Permissions?

February 27th, 2021

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

A frequently experienced conundrum. How can a foreign company temporarily sponsor Hong Kong employment visa permissions for its employees and contractors who need to work here in pursuit of a commercial arrangement which is of an indefinite or fixed duration here? QUESTION How can one visit and deliver short-term (typically 1-5 days duration) training courses […]

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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?

February 20th, 2021

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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Is It Ever OK to Work Full Time in Hong Kong Without An Employment Visa – For the Hong Kong Subsidiary of An Overseas Company?

January 23rd, 2021

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Refusals & Appeals, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

First Published January 29, 2018 Work full time in Hong Kong without an employment visa ? This is a bit of a hoary old chestnut this question but a really important one nonetheless so I am grateful to the questioner for posing it. QUESTION Hi there, My Hong Kong employment visa application has just been […]

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