Immigration In Bite-Sized Chunks

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Jan 2013

What Happens if You Inadvertently Breach Your Conditions of Stay by Taking Up an Unauthorised Employment in Hong Kong Without First Applying for a Change of Sponsorship?

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Employment Visas, Investment Visas, VG Front Page / 10 responses

Under Hong Kong immigration law, foreign nationals are granted employment visa permissions to undertake work for a specific employer on the nominated terms and conditions of the employment agreement which underpins the work permissions granted on the issue of the initial visa, any subsequent change of sponsorship approval or your last employment visa extension. Any […]

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Jan 2013

How to Engage the Hong Kong Visa Centre if Your Application Has Been Refused by the Immigration Department

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Feature Article, Refusals & Appeals / 7 responses

It is a terrible feeling to have your Hong Kong visa application rejected by the Immigration Department and you may by now, be wishing that perhaps you would have been better off seeking professional help from the outset after all. Nevertheless – it is what it is – and if you’re thinking it’s now time […]

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Jan 2013

How Does Hong Kong Right of Abode Downgrade to the Right to Land Materialize and What Are the Immigration Implications of This?

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Long Stay & PR / 20 responses

If you are a foreign national permanent resident of Hong Kong you will hold a permanent identity card and, as a result, will possess the Rolls Royce immigration status of what is called the right of abode. The right of abode provides you with, effectively,  defacto citizenship of the HKSAR, although you are not entitled […]

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Dec 2012

How is the Hong Kong Investment Visa Process Actually Experienced by the Typical Foreign National Visa Applicant?

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Investment Visas / 17 responses

Getting a Hong Kong investment visa approval is one of the hardest single challenges when dealing with the Hong Kong Immigration Department. The approvability test of substantial contribution to the economy of Hong Kong is somewhat nebulous and the immigration Department website is not especially forthcoming as to what they are actually looking for in […]

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Nov 2012

How Important is the Support of InvestHK in Your Hong Kong Investment Visa Application?

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Investment Visas, VG Front Page / 9 responses

InvestHK do a really good job of promoting economic opportunities which Hong Kong offers to foreign individuals and companies seeking to set up shop in the HKSAR. For individual investment visa applicants, they offer guidance and advice on the immigration process (amongst many other things) and in those instances where they believe the business intentions […]

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Nov 2012

Why Would You Choose Unconditional Stay After 7 Years Residence in Hong Kong When the Right of Abode is Available Instead?

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Long Stay & PR, Special Programmes / 9 responses

  Unconditional stay and the right of abode are 2 very different immigration statuses but they both have one thing in common. Namely, you need to have been continuously and ordinarily resident in the HKSAR for at least 7 years in or to qualify for either of these immigration consents. But, whilst the right of […]

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13

Nov 2012

Is It Actually Becoming Harder to Get Your Hong Kong Employment or Investment Visa Approved?

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Employment Visas, Investment Visas / 9 responses

One refrain about the Hong Kong visa process that I have heard constantly down the years is that ‘it’s getting tougher’. In fact, it always seems to be ‘getting tougher’. I heard this prior to 1997 when all the British nationals needed to bring their immigration status into line with the arrangements for UK citizens […]

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Oct 2012

Hong Kong Visas – The Long Stay Visitor’s Awkward Predicament

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, VG Front Page, Visitor Visas / 23 responses

3 or 4 times a week I receive a call from people who have exactly the same problem.It happens so often now, that I can tell what the problem is within the first 5 seconds of our conversation kicking off. And 9 times out of 10 these calls all follow a similar story line. Namely….. […]

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Oct 2012

The Economy at Home is Very Bad – So What Investment Visa Options Exist for You in Hong Kong?

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Investment Visas / 11 responses

Hong Kong has a lot to offer dynamic, entrepreneurial people who have a modicum of resources, some prior business experience and the desire to make a name for themselves out in Asia. Leaving aside the HKD10 million investment-for-residence programme known as the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme, Hong Kong offers the possibility for current overseas business […]

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Oct 2012

Is the Hong Kong Immigration Department Website Actually Any Use to Visa Applicants?

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, VG Front Page, Visitor Visas / 2 responses

The Hong Kong Immigration Department website is good for a few things but not very good at all where it counts – namely, indicting to you your chances of success in getting your Hong Kong residence visa application approved. You see, immigration policy in Hong Kong is governed by highly confidential guidelines which the general […]

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