There are essentially 7 areas of consideration when making an application for the right of abode in Hong Kong and the cut and thrust of this talk will address each of these in turn.
Naturally enough you need to know exactly what kind of rights you’re getting once you’ve received your golden ticket and know what it actually takes to qualify in the process.
So we’ll cover the ground of the essential test for approval, how the requisite 7 years of life in Hong Kong must be experienced, how your notional ‘ordinary residence’ in Hong Kong can be impacted by life factors such as time spent away, time without work and time where you found yourself in Hong Kong on a visitor visa rather than a residence visa.
We’ll also discuss the concept of ‘being settled’ in Hong Kong and the kind proof you are expected to supply to the Immigration Department to substantiate your application – and also how the application process itself is experienced and what to expect at each stage along the way.
Finally, we’ll look at your options if your application is refused and what you need to do in order not to lose your precious permanent ID once you’ve won it.