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You always need a Hong Kong working visa to take up employment in Hong Kong whether paid or unpaid. What about if you are serving out your notice period on gardening leave? (First Published June 4, 2015) QUESTION My friend resigned from his job with his Hong Kong employer in May and he was on […] Keep Reading...>

November 16th, 2017

What can you do about your dependant visa status in Hong Kong if you have sadly lost your much loved spouse-as-sponsor? QUESTION Hello, I came to Hong Kong on a dependent visa (my wife, a PR, sponsoring me). I have already completed 3.5 years and my visa is about due for extension. The dilemma I […] Keep Reading...>

November 14th, 2017

On December 10, 2015 I gave a talk at Centre O Connect in Sheung wan setting out the nitty gritty of the Hong Kong entrepreneur visa since the implementation of the Enhancement Measures on May 6, 2015. In this segment, I set the scene for the presentation. Here is the 10 Must Have Resources link […] Keep Reading...>

November 12th, 2017

So what DO the Immigration Department make of applicants who too-frequently seek to change their Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship? QUESTION I was previously working in Hong Kong for a company for the past 2.5 years and switched jobs 32 days ago. My previous employer is now offering me a much senior position and really […] Keep Reading...>

November 10th, 2017

Hong Kong change of employer application – how can you readily manage the should-you-resign-before-your-change-of-work-visa-sponsorship-application-has-been-approved conundrum? QUESTION I have held a Hong Kong work visa for 2 .5 years now and I am currently in the process of finalizing an offer letter with a new employer here. I need your advice in relation to the timing […] Keep Reading...>

November 8th, 2017

If you are granted a Hong Kong investment visa, does this allow you to (essentially) take up a dedicated employment on a consulting basis for a single client, effectively taking up a full time role to the exclusion of all other business opportunities for your self-owned company? QUESTION Hi, I’m currently in the process of […] Keep Reading...>

November 6th, 2017

On April 21, 2017 I gave a talk at WYND Co-working space in Lan Kwai Fong entitled 10 Steps to a Successful Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Application. This segment is Step 10 – D-I-Y Application The Rest of the Series Introduction How We Got Here Must Have Resources The Startup Visa Step 1 – Understand […] Keep Reading...>

November 4th, 2017

On April 21, 2017 I gave a talk at WYND Co-working space in Lan Kwai Fong entitled 10 Steps to a Successful Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Application. This segment is Step Nine – Economic Sector Advantages The Rest of the Series Introduction How We Got Here Must Have Resources The Startup Visa Step 1 – […] Keep Reading...>

November 2nd, 2017

I hold a Hong Kong employment visa and want to start freelancing…   As a foreign national temporarily resident in Hong Kong on a sponsored employment visa, there are a number of different compliance issues that need to be addressed if you lose your job and you fancy embarking down the path of freelancing on […] Keep Reading...>

October 31st, 2017

On April 21, 2017 I gave a talk at WYND Co-working space in Lan Kwai Fong entitled 10 Steps to a Successful Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Application. This segment is Step Eight – Creating Local Jobs The Rest of the Series Introduction How We Got Here Must Have Resources The Startup Visa Step 1 – […] Keep Reading...>

October 29th, 2017

On April 21, 2017 I gave a talk at WYND Co-working space in Lan Kwai Fong entitled 10 Steps to a Successful Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Application. This segment is Step Seven – A Properly Set Up Office. The Rest of the Series Introduction How We Got Here Must Have Resources The Startup Visa Step […] Keep Reading...>

October 27th, 2017

On April 21, 2017 I gave a talk at WYND Co-working space in Lan Kwai Fong entitled 10 Steps to a Successful Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Application. This segment is Step Six – Have You Got Enough $$? The Rest of the Series Introduction How We Got Here Must Have Resources The Startup Visa Step […] Keep Reading...>

October 25th, 2017

Once you have persuaded the Hong Kong Immigration Department of your ability to make a substantial contribution to the economy of Hong Kong and have been granted an investment visa, can you then argue, after the fact, that actually, you have no practical need to establish office premises of your own after all? QUESTION I […] Keep Reading...>

October 23rd, 2017

It hardly matters how you skin this cat, ImmD will approach it in exactly the same way… as a new business situation. QUESTION I plan to start a business with three other partners. Two of these are Hong Kong permanent residents and one of them is in the same situation as myself: recently unemployed and […] Keep Reading...>

October 21st, 2017

This question mainly relates to business rather than immigration law but is still an important question nonetheless… QUESTION Hello I have a Hong Kong  dependant visa that gives me the right to work in Hong Kong. I have been offered a Regional Asia role based out of Hong Kong by a Canadian company. This company is […] Keep Reading...>

October 19th, 2017

What kind of activity is permitted if you are in Hong Kong on a Visitor visa? Does this include informal study? QUESTION My wife and I are spending some time here in Hong Kong. We do not work here and we do not intend to. We just enjoy living here, enjoying the city. We have […] Keep Reading...>

October 17th, 2017

How can you have your cake AND eat it in Hong Kong – working for both yourself AND also a third party employer at the same time? QUESTION Hi, I’ve read (or I think I read) that with an employee visa we can transform it to an investor visa with the agreement of the employer. […] Keep Reading...>

October 15th, 2017

What’s the situation if you’ve been refused an employment visa in Hong Kong and your employer then decides to engage you in China instead? QUESTION I am currently working for an international company with offices in Mainland China and Hong Kong. I originally was hired by the Hong Kong office 1 year ago, but was […] Keep Reading...>

October 13th, 2017

Having a relationship with a Chinese partner resident on the Mainland can be problematic if you wish to share your lives together in Hong Kong… QUESTION I am looking to take up employment in Hong Kong from November 1st. My biggest concern is the ability and feasibility for my girlfriend from Mainland China to be […] Keep Reading...>

October 11th, 2017

Hong Kong is such a draw but sometimes it’s just not going to be… QUESTION Hi Stephen, I am 25 Years old Indian National. I don’t have any kind of degree. I own a business from past seven years in India. I am applying for jobs from past 4 months but in most of the […] Keep Reading...>

October 8th, 2017

Can any old entity successfully sponsor an employment visa extension under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates? QUESTION I am currently in Hong Kong on IANG Visa. My company would need to help me to sponsor the IANG visa once my limit of stay is within 4 weeks of expiry. I do understand that the […] Keep Reading...>

October 6th, 2017

What do ImmD make of foreign nationals who hold an employment visa for a period of time, then remain here as Visitors again for a protracted time, then apply once again for an employment visa? QUESTION I was previously employed in Hong for a number of years, but have been not been working here for […] Keep Reading...>

October 4th, 2017

Getting from the Right to Land to the Right of Abode is the same as coming from a temporary visa to a permanent identity card. It’s all about the magic seven years in Hong Kong…  QUESTION I am a UK Citizen with the Right to Land. I understand that with Right to Land, I have no […] Keep Reading...>

October 2nd, 2017

 This question raises quite a number of issues surrounding a decision to go into business for yourself in Hong Kong whilst presently holding an employment visa sponsored by a third party employer (and it’s only the immigration parts which I am qualified to address). QUESTION Hello Stephen, I have an employment visa for the remaining […] Keep Reading...>

September 30th, 2017

And it’s about time! THE JUDGEMENT Haven’t read the judgement yet but pleased with the outcome. We wait and see what happens now. The Court gave ImmD 2 weeks to sort the visa. Just heard in the last hour ImmD are going to take to the Court of Final Appeal. We wait and see… Check […] Keep Reading...>

September 26th, 2017

I am giving a presentation on Thursday September 28 (this week) at Campfire Creative in Wong Chuk Hang as below: I’ll be sharing with you the secrets of disruption in the area of professional services and how to go on to build a monopoly in your specific niche – with no money involved! Every attendee […] Keep Reading...>

September 24th, 2017

Is it possible to hold an employment visa, not work for your sponsoring employer and travel, live and possibly even work outside of Hong Kong through to the 7 years qualification mark and still qualify for the right of abode? QUESTION Hi Stephen, I have a question regarding Hong Kong right of abode (permanent residency). […] Keep Reading...>

September 22nd, 2017

What’s the differentiating line between a Hong Kong investment visa and an employment visa when investing in the company that is seeking to sponsor-employ you? QUESTION I’m from Australia and have been living and working, as a language teacher, in Hong Kong since  December 2014. I am currently starting up a business with a partner. […] Keep Reading...>

September 20th, 2017

This is joining in a side business albeit in another name… QUESTION Info -NZ Passport holder -Working in Hong Kong for three years with an employer. Hello I would like to know how I would go about starting a business in Hong Kong. I would like to start a freelance business. I am worried about my visa […] Keep Reading...>

September 18th, 2017

Tough question this – so what’s the answer…? QUESTION Hello Hong Kong Visa Geeza, This website is simply wonderful and resourceful!! Thanks. I had a question and was wondering if you can please help. I finish 7 years in Hong Kong in November and my current employment visa expires on the same day I would […] Keep Reading...>

September 14th, 2017

Is there any way to turbo-charge the Shenzhen Shuttle?   QUESTION Hey Visa Geeza, I am a citizen of  Russia and unfortunately have a very short visitor visa which is just 14 days, but I need to stay in Hong Kong for longer as I want to find a job here (I am a graphics […] Keep Reading...>

September 10th, 2017

Hong Kong investment visa extension after being granted only an initial 6 month limit of stay? QUESTION Dear Visa Geeza, I’d like to thank you for building such useful resources online. I followed your advice when preparing my business investment visa. My visa got approved and with a six month review condition. I have already […] Keep Reading...>

September 8th, 2017

There appears to be a misconception among foreign nationals that you can be living here and it be OK to run a business in Hong Kong without getting an investment visa just so long as you don’t pay yourself a salary… QUESTION I currently hold a working visa which is still valid for almost 2 more […] Keep Reading...>

September 6th, 2017

Is there a ‘minimum waiting time’ between a rejected Hong Kong employment visa application and  then ‘trying again’? QUESTION I have a visa question, I got an offer from a recruitment company in July, they applied the working visa for me, but it got rejected by the end of August. Now I have a new offer […] Keep Reading...>

September 4th, 2017

If you have left the employ of your current employment visa sponsor, or even just thinking of doing so, you need to undergo what is known as a change of sponsorship application before you start working for anyone else in Hong Kong, including yourself! FIRST PUBLISHED APRIL 19, 2013 To do this you have to […] Keep Reading...>

September 2nd, 2017

On April 21, 2017 I gave a talk at WYND Co-working space in Lan Kwai Fong entitled 10 Steps to a Successful Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Application. This segment is Step Five – 3 Crucial Elements For Approval. The Rest of the Series Introduction How We Got Here Must Have Resources The Startup Visa Step […] Keep Reading...>

August 31st, 2017

The Hong Kong training visa is designed to allow foreign nationals to come to Hong Kong for a limited time to undergo or deliver training. Will ImmD entertain an application from a training visa holder to take up employment with another business while that training is ongoing? QUESTION Dear Visa Geeza, Thanks in advance for […] Keep Reading...>

August 28th, 2017

Is it possible to stop working in Hong Kong under an employment visa, move to another country to work yet leave your family behind to continue their lives in here without you day to day? QUESTION Hi, I have got valid Hong Kong employment visa and i am living in Hong Kong since last 4 […] Keep Reading...>

August 26th, 2017

Thankfully, Hong Kong immigration is not overly bureaucratic or legalistic so what appears to be an intractible problem more often than not is not such a big deal after all… QUESTION Hello, My wife and I were married earlier this year. I am a US citizen, but she is an HK’er.  We are presently in […] Keep Reading...>

August 24th, 2017

IMPORTANT: Please note that we have no competency in Foreign Domestic Helper visas. Any such questions are best directed at an FDH agency who have significant experience in those types of visas. I receive 70-100 questions a week on this Blog and most of these are very succinct, allowing me to quickly drill down on […] Keep Reading...>

August 22nd, 2017

This is an important question on the business investment visa for Hong Kong…. Experience suggests that the Hong Kong Immigration Department do tend to look favourably upon such business plans, but the applicant absolutely does not have it all his or her own way, as you will learn in my PodCast answer. (Please note the […] Keep Reading...>

August 19th, 2017

On April 21, 2017 I gave a talk at WYND Co-working space in Lan Kwai Fong entitled 10 Steps to a Successful Hong Kong Entrepreneur Visa Application. This segment is Step Four – How Do You Make A Substantial Contribution? The Rest of the Series Introduction How We Got Here Must Have Resources The Startup […] Keep Reading...>

August 17th, 2017

The law here is clear – work, paid or unpaid requires the permission of the Hong Kong Director of Immigration – but what about charity and volunteering – do you still need to get the express permission of ImmD? QUESTION Dear Stephen I run an NGO.   We rely on volunteers from the community in […] Keep Reading...>

August 15th, 2017

Your company is brand new – will ImmD buy into your intentions to sponsor a foreign national to be the first employee?  QUESTION As a new company I want to hire a manager who has special talent from overseas? How can I prove our financial capability as a new company? More Stuff You May Find […] Keep Reading...>

August 12th, 2017

Independent media professionals often occupy a round-pegs-in-square-holes situation when it comes to being able to practice their trade in Hong Kong and this question discusses how they might go about being able to do so. QUESTION Hi! My partner and I are media professionals from Canada. We have 10 years experience each in our respective […] Keep Reading...>

August 10th, 2017

Are family members who are accompanying a main applicant for the right of abode in Hong Kong treated in any particular way by the Hong Kong Immigration Department? QUESTION Hi When applying for the right of abode in Hong Kong for the whole family .. if I put in 9 years worth of my husband’s tax […] Keep Reading...>

August 8th, 2017

Hong Kong is a small place with borders on our doorstep so how much time do you need to be physically in Hong Kong to retain your Hong Kong investment visa? QUESTION I would like to know, if I am able to hold a visa in Hong Kong, then what is the minimum time per […] Keep Reading...>

August 6th, 2017

What will the Hong Kong Immigration Department make of a very early application for an extension to a business investment visa? QUESTION I am 6 months into my first 12 month stint of an investment employment visa.  I am looking to move into a new apartment and the landlord is requesting a minimum of 12 […] Keep Reading...>

August 4th, 2017

QUESTION As a school we regularly invite specialist teachers (generally musicians or artists) to visit from overseas and provide workshops for both students and staff.  We pay these specialists a fee and provide accommodation and flights.  Generally the visit will last two weeks.  Is it necessary to obtain an employment visa for these people?  We […] Keep Reading...>

August 2nd, 2017

The indiscretions of youth can come back and haunt you in later years and in this question, a conviction for shoplifting quite some time ago is on the mind of an intending foreign national resident of Hong Kong… QUESTION I am very keen in settling down in Hong Kong in the long-term future. And I […] Keep Reading...>

July 31st, 2017

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