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What Is the Bare Minimum Income & Accommodation Arrangements to Suitably Sponsor a Hong Kong Dependant Visa?

April 28th, 2018

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 13 responses


Today’s question relates how the Hong Kong Immigration Department respond to requests for dependant visas from permanent resident sponsors, particularly those families who are relocating back to Hong Kong some years after the marriage commenced overseas.



Thank you for your wonderful website!

My wife and I are planning on applying for a Dependant visa for me. She a Hong Kong born and raised native. I am Danish.

We have been married for four years, she is returning to Hong Kong after living in Denmark for four years.

My question has two parts.

Should we file yet, and what sort of income does my wife need to qualify as my sponsor? We don’t want to file now if that means being turned down and creating a poor record and history for us. 

Before moving her Hong Kong Immigration said we could file for a Dependent visa with me on a Visitor visa. But after reading your and other available materials I think I might need to hold off filing because my wife has not yet found what I believe to be a “qualifying” job. 

I have read the approvability test about “above the sustenance level” and have tried to research what does that mean exactly, but it’s still vague to me, and it seems to depend upon ones circumstances.

Right now we have a “roof over our heads”, are living with her mom who owns the apartment. Her family paid off the mortgage years ago.

But I think she also needs a full time job with a specific minimum level of Income to qualify as my sponsor.

At the moment, while she searches for a full time position, she has a temporary part time job for as long as she wants it. She earns $12,000 HKD/month from that.

As far as assets, she has a substantial number of insurance policies with guaranteed cash values, but no bank account savings. She is also is a percentage owner in one of the family apartments.

So my question is, given this financial picture, do we stand any chance of currently qualifying?

If not, what kind of minimum income would be needed to be able to pass the financial approvability test?

Many thanks.

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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.

  • Giri

    16 Jun 2020 pm30 12:53pm

    Hi, I am an expat studied in HK and recently graduated.(Post Grad degree). Now I want to take my wife with me and I am going to apply for IANG Visa as fresh graduate. What should be the requirement? I still didn’t get a fulltime job.Will it be a issue? How much money should I have to have to take my wife to HK for a year.

    Please advise. Thanks.

  • seri

    14 Mar 2020 pm31 5:24pm

    im married a chinese here in Hong Kong, i already got my dependent visa around 3 yrs ago. I have 2 kids in my country which is not my husband’s kid. Im planning to get them also here and apply them a dependent visa. My questions are: How much money do i have in my bank acct or my husband’s bank acct to apply my kids a visa. and who among us can be sponsor? my husband or me(dependent visa). Pls help me with this.

    • The Visa Geeza

      23 Mar 2020 am31 10:24am

      Your husband will have to sponsor. The amount of money depends on each family but you realistically need to be able to show you have suitable accommodation for you all and family income means to demonstrate that you do not have to rely on government coffers to support them.

  • douglas

    4 Feb 2020 pm29 10:59pm

    i have apply my dependent visa nearly 8months .no acceptance letter .all what tell us is on process.

    • The Visa Geeza

      11 Feb 2020 pm29 1:00pm

      Either the application has gotten lost or ImmD are still processing it subject to deep assessment of your bona fides for the visa. Best to check with ImmD directly.

  • Dan

    29 Jul 2019 pm31 12:35pm

    Thanks for the answer! Does anyone know if income of the applicant, such as doing remote freelance work or something similar, would be looked favorably upon by the immigration officials?

    • The Visa Geeza

      2 Aug 2019 am31 10:08am

      It depends on your proven income (via tax returns), funds in your bank account and the cost of your rent vs the monthly income you receive.


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