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How Can an Overseas Company Temporarily Sponsor Hong Kong Employment Visa Permissions?

February 8th, 2018

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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Do You Need a Hong Kong Employment Visa if You Work For a Hong Kong Company But Not in Hong Kong?

February 5th, 2018

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

Do the Hong Kong Immigration Department expect every foreign national employee of Hong Kong registered companies to have employment visas even if they have never worked (or never will work) in the HKSAR? QUESTION Is there any problem with a Hong Kong registered company employing someone currently resident in Malaysia for a role supporting one […]

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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 29th, 2018

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

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 refused. My company who are […]

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Is There Such An Animal As A ” Flexible Working Visa ” for Hong Kong?

January 24th, 2018

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 24 responses

Like the Yeti and the Loch Ness Monster, I’ve heard mention of this mythical beast several times down the years, so I was really pleased when this question came in recently as it gives me an opportunity to slay a sacred cow or 2. QUESTION Is there a flexible work visa in Hong Kong? Because […]

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Why Applying for a Hong Kong Foreign Domestic Helper Visa for Your Girlfriend is Not a Good Idea

January 2nd, 2018

Posted by / in Family Visas, Hadley Says… / 9 responses

Girlfriend visa for Hong Kong? First Published August 8, 2012 So, you’ve met a lovely local girl recently on your holiday to Thailand, Indonesia or the Philippines and you’re thinking about the kind of visa she might get to allow you both to carry on your relationship now that you’ve returned back to Hong Kong. […]

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Do You Need to Have Been Physically Present in Hong Kong for a Full Seven Years (i.e 2555 Days All Told) in Order to Qualify for Hong Kong Permanent Residency?

December 27th, 2017

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 52 responses

Sometimes even the big name publications can get their facts (and law) wrong… do you need to have been physically present in Hong Kong for a full seven years (i.e 2555 days all told) in order to qualify for Hong Kong permanent residency? QUESTION Dear Stephen, The Wall Street Journal guide to HK states (here: […]

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Do You Have a Business Plan Template I Can Use for My Hong Kong Investment Visa Application?

December 7th, 2017

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / 6 responses

First Published On May 19, 2012   It’s funny how this question just keeps on cropping up. I’m not quite certain where this red herring originates from as the Hong Kong Immigration Department standard communications do not specifically call for such a document (and we do not expressly request one from our clients in support […]

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Can I Lawfully Rent an Apartment in Hong Kong as a Frequent Visitor – What Would the Immigration Department Make of That?

December 2nd, 2017

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

If you find yourself often in Hong Kong as a frequent Visitor is it lawful and / or possible to rent an apartment in order to keep accommodation expenses down… QUESTION I’m an Expat based in Thailand & often come to Hong Kong for meetings or transit for business trips to China, Taiwan, Korea and […]

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Can You Remain in Hong Kong Under an Employment Visa Sponsored by an ex-Employer & Run a Hong Kong Sole Proprietorship Providing Services Outside of Hong Kong (Mostly)?

November 27th, 2017

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

Unusual set of facts in this case and a question never posed to me in this fashion previously… Remain in Hong Kong under an Employment Visa sponsored by an ex-Employer? QUESTION I have been in Hong Kong since 2011 under an employment visa but have recently quit my job. The last time my visa was […]

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Can I Remain in Hong Kong as a Dependant Visa Holder if My Spouse Has Died?

November 14th, 2017

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

What can you do about your dependant visa status in Hong Kong if you have sadly lost your much loved spouse-as-sponsor? QUESTION Hello, I came to Hong Kong on a dependent visa (my wife, a PR, sponsoring me). I have already completed 3.5 years and my visa is about due for extension. The dilemma I […]

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