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Hong Kong Defacto Spouse Visa – Video Presentation by the Hong Kong Visa Geeza

July 13th, 2014

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If you and your defacto spouse life partner (heterosexual couple) are thinking about making an application for a Hong Kong Defacto Spouse Visa, you may find this video useful. On March 21, 2014 I gave a presentation at the Chinese Club entitled Business Immigration to Hong Kong – A Practical Guide. This segment discusses how to go about […]

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How Easy / Practical Is It to Swap Between a Prolonged Visitor Visa & Student Visa (or Employment Visa) in Hong Kong?

May 12th, 2014

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

Same sex partners, married or otherwise, are just not treated equally when it comes to immigration in Hong Kong I’m afraid… QUESTION Dear Stephen, I will be transferred by my company from Holland to Hong Kong beginning of  August. My partner (we are getting married end of May, according to Holland civil union law for […]

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Will the Fact of 2 Previous Visits to Hong Kong Help or Hinder a Prolonged Visitor Visa Application for My Same Sex Partner?

June 20th, 2013

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Procedural question about same sex partner visa applications today – yet an important one all the same. QUESTION Hi Stephen, I am in a loving committed and stable relationship with a same sex partner (both Irish citizens). I am already sponsored through my MNC but my partner has accompanied me here for the past 4 […]

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UPDATE: Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visas for British Nationals – the Jury is Still Out After All

January 26th, 2013

Posted by / in Family Visas, Musing, Refusals & Appeals / 1 response

I am really grateful to Paula Walker of Crown Mobility for engaging last week on the topic of prolonged visitor visas for British nationals seeking to join their loved ones in Hong Kong. Following on from Thursday’s post (where I reported that UK nationals are no longer able to persuade ImmD to grant them prolonged visitor visas) […]

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Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visas No Longer Available to British National Trailing Life Partners

January 24th, 2013

Posted by / in Family Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

It has recently become apparent that British Citizens can no longer receive Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visas to stay in Hong Kong with their defacto spouses and Life Partners… Update: the issue remains open, after all… QUESTION Hi I moved here with my partner two years ago for his job and since then have been […]

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Musing

A Harsh Decision – Why the Hong Kong Immigration Department Will Not Give My Client a Prolonged Visitor Visa

December 6th, 2012

Posted by / in Family Visas, Musing, Visitor Visas / 7 responses

I’ve written lots and lots previously about same sex partner visa applications for Hong Kong. To recap, same sex partners who are in a loving committed life partner relationship and who have cohabited previously prior to their relocation here, can expect that the ‘trailing spouse’ will go on to procure a prolonged visitor visa in […]

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What Hong Kong Visa Options Exist for Unmarried, Trailing Partners?

August 20th, 2012

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Special Programmes / 23 responses

Under Hong Kong immigration policy, if you’re married, life is pretty much plain sailing from a visa perspective. Married spouses accompanying their partners to the HKSAR when they come to work secure dependent visas which effectively provide carte blanche approvals to engage in any kind of activity which is lawful, eg, study, work, or establish […]

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Blended, Unmarried, Non-Traditional Family With School-Age Kids – What Hong Kong Visa Choices Exist?

April 25th, 2012

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 4 responses

Modern families come in all shapes and sizes and when an unusual situation presents itself, Hong Kong visa opportunities need to be shaped and mould to fit. Here is an interesting scenario that has played itself out over the last 12 months and sheds some fascinating light on how to make round immigration pegs fit […]

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Case Studies

Hong Kong Employment & Same Sex Partner Visas – A Joint Application Strategy

April 13th, 2012

Posted by / in Case Study, Employment Visas, Family Visas / 14 responses

 Our clients were a same sex partner couple from Australia. Susan was a Forex trader working for a boutique trading concern in Sydney and her Life Partner, Judith, owned and operated a small graphics design firm. Susan was a senor executive in her employer’s organisation and had been tasked with relocating to Hong Kong to […]

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