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Hong Kong Dependant Visas Finally Available To Same Sex Partners

July 4th, 2018

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Hong Kong dependant visas finally available to same sex partners! News just in from the Supreme Court. Not read the Ruling yet but it’s about time!

RULING AVAILABLE HERE

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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.

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  • Fiona

    30 Aug 2018 am31 10:37am
    01

    Just processed the first dependant visa for the trailing same sex spouse of one of my employees. Interestingly while the application submitted was for ‘Dependant’, the visa issued is ‘Residence’. No limitation of stay noted and validity period is tied to the employment visa expiration date.

    Do you foresee any issues arising from this?

    Thank you

    • The Visa Geeza

      30 Aug 2018 am31 11:07am
      02

      No – ImmD are grappling with how to implement the results of the QT directions of the CFA and so they’re essentially granting ‘unconditional stay’ tied to sponsor’s own status. Come time for renewal seek to extend both in tandem as if it was a dependant visa extension (unless new directions for ImmD have been announced in the meantime.)

      • Brian King

        14 Sep 2018 pm30 1:49pm
        03

        Hi. As a same-sex couple, my partner (sponsored by me) has previously been on a prolonged visitor’s visa, which we secured through the “Other visas and permits” section on the 7th floor of immigration tower. We got married on August 22nd, 2018, and now with the new ruling we intend to apply for a Dependent visa for him. Should we go back to the 7th floor do you think?

        • The Visa Geeza

          17 Sep 2018 am30 10:25am
          04

          A formal policy announcement is expected imminently from ImmD but we are submitting DV appilications for SSP on the 24/F.

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