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I Know the Immigration Department Website is a Black Hole for Denied Hong Kong Visa Applicants So What Can I Do Now?

August 2nd, 2012

Posted by / in Hadley Says…, Refusals & Appeals / 21 responses


 

So, your Hong Kong visa application has been refused, no matter the type – and the letter you received from the Immigration Department says nothing about opportunities to appeal.

So you go to the Hong Kong ID website.

But shock, horror, even that is silent – so what can you do now?

Certain types of cases with the Hong Kong Immigration Department can be sent to the Immigration Appeals Tribunal.

But most residence applications, including investment visas, employment visas, dependant visas, capital investment entrant scheme visas and refusals under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme have no formal recourse to the Tribunal.

Instead, you have to make an application for a Reconsideration of your denied application or otherwise apply for the Review of a Decision of a Public Officer under s.53 of the Immigration Ordinance.

Alternatively, if a wholly new set of facts are present now since your application was refused you can make a completely new application – or try again on the original application if a reasonable amount of time has passed – say, at least 6 months.

However, you need to be completely realistic. If the Hong Kong Immigration Department deny you a visa three times in succession you’re going to have to face the reality that your chances of securing residency in the HKSAR are very slim indeed – and maybe it’s time to start packing your bags.

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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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RESPONSES
  • Ubatex

    2 Sep 2019 pm30 5:31pm
    01

    Hello Everyone,
    I applied for study visa and it’s been past 8 weeks.
    Registration is next week. Status is on progress.
    Anyone with similar experience?

  • Pravesh

    5 Nov 2018 pm30 3:03pm
    02

    Hi ,
    I hold an Indian Passport and My PAR has been deemed unsuccessful. I applied for a Hong Kong visa and posted all the necessary documents withe application form 1003A along with an application fee of HKD 190. Its been six weeks now and there has been no reply from their side. Whenever I call them , all they say is that my inquiry had been forwarded to the concerned department. Neither has there been an acknowledgement nor any form of correspondence till date. What is the best way I could get to know the status of my visa as I am in urgent need to travel to Hong Kong.

    • The Visa Geeza

      7 Nov 2018 am30 9:09am
      03

      Just keep calling. Not much more you can do.

    • SMITA AGARWAL

      20 Jul 2019 pm31 3:18pm
      04

      Hi Pravesh,

      What was the status of your visa? Did you get it finally? I am also planning visit to HK with my family

  • Shaun

    21 Nov 2017 am30 7:21am
    05

    Hello, my work visa application was denied. Is there any way of knowing the exact reasons for refusal? Also, my partner of nine years is here for work, but i am only on tourist visa from the US. Is there any consideration given to partners? Thank you.

  • Remu

    12 Sep 2017 am30 1:52am
    07

    hi my company applied hong kong employment visa but after 6 weeks it was refused could you please advise whether I can go for appeal

  • P

    17 Aug 2017 am31 12:53am
    09

    dear sir
    my name is Pxxxx as i am depedent to my spouse but i was granted visa for 2nd time but was refuse for 3rd (last visa ) by immigration department …because they are doubt in our relationship ….so what can i do at this present situation ..thank you

  • Rafi

    1 Aug 2017 pm31 11:47pm
    11

    Sir i have visited hongkong two times the first business visa was 14 day and the second was double entry 14 / 14 days I don’t have any criminal records and not over stayed but they didn’t approved my visa so what should i do thank you

    • The Visa Geeza

      2 Aug 2017 am31 8:20am
      12

      There’s not much you can do. ImmD have all the power and discretion to grant and refuse visitor visa applications.

  • Nguyen Thi Hoang Trang

    9 Jul 2017 pm31 3:26pm
    13

    My name is Trang and i come from Vietnam. I used to visit HK one time last year with my husband who is US citizens and i got tourist visa HK via an agency in Ho Chi Minh city. This year i had a plan go to HK again with family on same arrival and departure day like last year to celebrate my birthday there but only my visa was denied although i applied all same documents like last year and work same company. I feel so sad because my family without me have to cancel all flight ticket, hotel… And i heard that i have no chance to HK if i i used to have rejection visa. Someone can help me??? Thank you in advance.

    • The Visa Geeza

      11 Jul 2017 pm31 9:33pm
      14

      Sorry to say there’s not much you can do. ImmD have all the power to refuse visitor visa applications.

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