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Jun 2012

The 10 Key Reasons Why Foreigners Seek Visas to Live and Work in Hong Kong

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes / 10 responses

Migration demographic analyses first came into play in 1885 in the Journal of the Statistical Society when geographer Ernest George Ravenstein essayed what he termed the “Laws of Migration” seeking to set out an explanation for and attempting to predict migration patterns in England. In his seminal paper, Ravenstein compared 1871 and 1881 UK census […]

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May 2012

The 7 Things Your Employer Needs to Know About the Immigration Process When Applying for a Hong Kong Employment Visa

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Musing / 4 responses

You’ve been offered a job in Hong Kong and you need an employment visa. But your new employer has no experience about the process, so what do you need to tell them? 1. Firstly, there’s the approvability test – namely – you need to possess special skills, knowledge or experience of value to and not […]

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May 2012

The Impact of Brain Drain on Hong Kong and Resulting Immigration Policy Development

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Musing, Special Programmes / 5 responses

The term “brain drain” first appeared in 1957 in a novel called Atlas Shrugged and the term refers to the loss of skilled researchers, analysts, the accomplished and the talented – for political, industrial and social reasons. It’s currently frequently utilized as a dramatized synonym for loss and could be outlined as “the world transfer […]

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May 2012

Redundancy – the Process Pitfalls of an Expiring Hong Kong Employment Visa

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Musing / 112 responses

  Hong Kong visa and immigration processes can be profoundly easy or incredibly complex. It all depends on the unique combination of circumstances you find yourself in. In a pure linear world of job offer-visa application-approval-then take-up the job, it can be relatively straightforward to align your working visa permissions to your job as well […]

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May 2012

The Visa Geeza on RTHK Radio Three – May 2012

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 2 responses

On May 3rd Phil Whelan had me back on his Morning Brew show on Radio Three to talk about Hong Kong visa and immigration matters. It had been a while since I had seen him and spoken on the show, but it was as though almost nothing had changed (not least the stunning decor of […]

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May 2012

How to Stop Worrying About Your Hong Kong Visa & Start Applying!

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes / 15 responses

Everyone, at some point during their time in Hong Kong, has had to deal with the hassle of visas down at the Immigration Department in Wanchai. First, you have to get the damn thing, and then you need to extend it. Before long  (maybe) you’ll change employers, possibly start a new business, get  divorced, have […]

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May 2012

How to Cure Your Hong Kong Visa Extension Headache & Make Sure it Gets Approved the Very First Time!

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes / 23 responses

Let’s face it, the regular traipse down to Immigration Tower to get your visa extended is a right royal pain in the @ss. The process is uncertain, you’re not sure what exactly you need to prepare and there’s always that nagging doubt that they might even say NO to your application! Moreover, you’re never really […]

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May 2012

What’s the Minimum Salary for a Hong Kong Employment Visa Approval?

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Musing / 2 responses

This is a vexed question for many visa applicants and their employers but there is a simple rule of thumb that needs to be adhered to. The Hong Kong Immigration Department expect that a foreigner seeking employment visa permissions to work in Hong Kong will perform, at a minimum, supervisory duties under his or her […]

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May 2012

Hong Kong Employment Visa Self-Sponsorship – the Reality for Entrepreneurs Masquerading as Employees

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Musing / 4 responses

There really is no such thing as visa self-sponsorship if you are an entrepreneur seeking permissions to join in your own business in Hong Kong. You either work for an independent third party employer, or you are working for yourself (or possibly in partnership with one or 2 others). Let’s assume you make an application […]

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Mar 2012

A Detailed Business Plan for Your Hong Kong Investment Visa? – Not Really…

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing, VG Front Page / 1 response

I always stifle a chuckle when I read on the websites of professional service providers offering a Hong Kong visa and immigration product that there is a need for a ‘detailed business plan’ in each and every Hong Kong investment visa application. It’s simply not true. Certainly, every applicant for an investment visa needs to […]

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