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Long-term visa options for out-of-work Foreign Domestic Helpers in Hong Kong? This scenario play itself out frequently enough here in Hong Kong that it is worthy of an answer and I am grateful to the reader for raising the question – so here we go… QUESTION My girl friend is an Indonesian domestic helper who […] Keep Reading...>

April 20th, 2017

Hong Kong same sex partner visa application – changes as to how ImmD consider extension of stay applications effectively mean that same sex partner visa applications need to be submitted on an entry visa basis using form ID1003 A/B and not via the ID91. QUESTION First, can you please clarify what form/s should be submitted […] Keep Reading...>

April 18th, 2017

When a baby is born here to a temporary (i.e. non permanent) resident how do you go about finalising the immigration formalities associated with the birth in the HKSAR? This is a straightforward process not otherwise detailed in the dependant visa section of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook – so here you go: Firstly, make […] Keep Reading...>

April 16th, 2017

Moving to Hong Kong The Challenge of Schools For Your Kids – are you moving to Hong Kong soon and worried about schooling options for your children? Here already and unsure of how the schooling system works? Worry not, Top Schools Hong Kong to the rescue! My old colleague and compadre Ruth Benny, Founder of […] Keep Reading...>

April 13th, 2017

What will ImmD make of an application to sponsor a dependant visa by a Hong Kong employment visa holding foreign national who doesn’t presently have a job here? QUESTION I am in between jobs (currently on an employment visa in Hong Kong) and plan to get married soon (outside HK). I would like to arrange […] Keep Reading...>

April 9th, 2017

Hong Kong being the dynamic ‘all-things-to-all-people’ type of place it is, oftentimes, certain life circumstances here throw up immigration challenges that need to be considered carefully to ensure that you do not inadvertently run afoul of the law and end up doing things that are no commensurate with your formal conditions of stay. This question […] Keep Reading...>

April 6th, 2017

Hong Kong schools for your kids – applicable visas – questions answered. Are you moving to Hong Kong soon and worried about schooling options for your children? This short series of talks sets out the visas applicable and which provide suitable to cover to enable your children to be educated during your residence in the […] Keep Reading...>

April 3rd, 2017

What Hong Kong visa category should I use to expand my SME business operations from my base in Gibraltar? Down the years literally dozens of such entrepreneurs have passed through my office and I am proud to have been associated with this flow of foreign national talent. It came as no surprise to me when […] Keep Reading...>

April 1st, 2017

Qualify for the right of abode in Hong Kong ? A critical part of eligibility for the right of abode in Hong Kong is your intention, at the time you apply, to make Hong Kong your only place of permanent residence… First Published on October 15, 2013   QUESTION Hello, I have been working in Hong […] Keep Reading...>

March 29th, 2017

Hong Kong schools for your kids – applicable visas – student visa Are you moving to Hong Kong soon and worried about schooling options for your children? This short series of talks sets out the visas applicable and which provide suitable to cover to enable your children to be educated during your residence in the […] Keep Reading...>

March 27th, 2017

Hong Kong schools for your kids – applicable visas – defacto spouses Are you moving to Hong Kong soon and worried about schooling options for your children? This short series of talks sets out the visas applicable and which provide suitable to cover to enable your children to be educated during your residence in the […] Keep Reading...>

March 24th, 2017

Hong Kong schools for your kids – applicable visas – gay partners. Are you moving to Hong Kong soon and worried about schooling options for your children? This short series of talks sets out the visas applicable and which provide suitable to cover to enable your children to be educated during your residence in the […] Keep Reading...>

March 22nd, 2017

Hong Kong schools for your kids – applicable visas – the dependant visa. Are you moving to Hong Kong soon and worried about schooling options for your children? This short series of talks sets out the visas applicable and which provide suitable cover to enable your children to be educated during your residence in the […] Keep Reading...>

March 20th, 2017

Hong Kong schools for your kids – applicable visas. Are you moving to Hong Kong soon and worried about schooling options for your children? This short series of talks sets out the visas applicable and which provide suitable  cover to enable your children to be educated during your residence in the HKSAR. You can download […] Keep Reading...>

March 18th, 2017

Can you freelance or start your own business under a Hong Kong working holiday visa? The working holiday visa for Hong Kong is designed for certain types of employment activity – but does this include freelance work or starting or your own business? QUESTION Hi I have recently moved to Hong Kong with my partner […] Keep Reading...>

March 15th, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

March 12th, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

March 11th, 2017

Hong Kong Employment Visa for an Independant Contractor? The General Employment Policy anticipates that foreign national Professionals seeking to work in Hong Kong are subject to a formal employer-employee relationship. So what’s the situation if the employer wants to engage you as a contractor? Is it do-able? QUESTION Dear Stephen,  I got a working visa […] Keep Reading...>

March 9th, 2017

Circumstances sometimes conspire against foreign national residents here who find themselves in a quandary as to whether or not their continuous ordinary residence here has been broken due to decisions made (voluntary or otherwise) earlier on in their lives in Hong Kong. In this situation, will an application for the Right of Abode fail? QUESTION […] Keep Reading...>

March 6th, 2017

This question takes us back to the time before the Basic Law was enacted and how the arrangements for the right of abode impact on the status of a foreign national child born to such a “Hong Kong Belonger.” QUESTION I was born in Hong Kong in 1976 to parents who had been in HK […] Keep Reading...>

March 3rd, 2017

This is a sad situation for a couple who find themselves in a maelstrom of immigration difficulties caused by a less than sensible choice some time previously. QUESTION I am a permanent resident in Hong Kong and am planning to marry my girlfriend. My girlfriend is in detention prior to removal. She’s from the Philippines. […] Keep Reading...>

March 1st, 2017

Frequent visitors to Hong Kong need to have bona fide reasons for coming here as often as they do and also need to be able to demonstrate to the examining Immigration Officer their need for such frequent visits in the event they are questioned at the point of arrival. The following question enables a discussion […] Keep Reading...>

February 26th, 2017

With the prolonged visitor visa being a less than satisfactory yet ultimately practical solution to the issue of same sex partners in Hong Kong, it is hardly surprising that it throws up lots of questions and I am grateful to this questioner for raising the issues that he does. QUESTION Hi Stephen, First a big […] Keep Reading...>

February 23rd, 2017

Does being formally engaged to be married to a Hong Kong Permanent Resident materially impact the work permissions available to an employment visa holding fiance? QUESTION I am a permanent resident of Hong Kong working here and I met my girlfriend who is currently employed and on a working visa. However she no longer wants to […] Keep Reading...>

February 21st, 2017

So, what are the immigration implications of getting married and then having children in Hong Kong if you are a temporary resident presently holding an employment visa? QUESTION Hi, Can you please help with a few questions? 1. I am getting married next month and would like to cancel my employment visa through my employer, […] Keep Reading...>

February 18th, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

February 16th, 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...>

February 14th, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

February 13th, 2017

Objection to an application for a Hong Kong investment visa? Revenge is a dish best eaten cold, as they say. So, can an application for a Hong Kong investment visa be negatively impacted by the fact of a debt outstanding to a disgruntled creditor – or can it at least be used as a point […] Keep Reading...>

February 12th, 2017

In the final analysis, this question is really about employment law which I am not qualified to answer (I’m an immigration guy). However, it does afford an opportunity for a discussion about extending an employment visa when there’s only the notice period remaining on a subsisting employment contract. QUESTION I am an Australian expat, currently […] Keep Reading...>

February 10th, 2017

Juggling commitments to your employer and your employment visa status can be challenging when you plan to quit and start your own business… QUESTION I have been sponsored over the past 5 years by my current employer and I have now decided to set up my own business. The limited company is being created whilst […] Keep Reading...>

February 8th, 2017

First Published: December 8, 2013 This case study details a Hong Kong Right of Abode application where our client had, due to ill health, unexpectedly spent more than two years away from Hong Kong during the 7 years of continuous ordinary residence needed to lawfully establish permanent residency in the HKSAR. More Stuff You May […] Keep Reading...>

February 5th, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

February 3rd, 2017

It’s quite rare in most types of family visa applications that a single supporting document will definitively determine success or refusal. Of course, if you claim to be married or a legal parent (for example) and seeking a legal dependant’s visa, marriage and birth certificates are an absolute prerequisite to establish proof of legal relationship. But […] Keep Reading...>

January 31st, 2017

Sometimes, correspondence gets lost and ImmD might close an application believing it has been abandoned when they hear nothing further from an applicant. Meanwhile, the applicant is on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome. What can you do to rectify this ultimate disconnect? QUESTION The company that is sponsoring me applied for an employment visa for me […] Keep Reading...>

January 27th, 2017

Will previous financial difficulties experienced ‘in another life’ outside of Hong Kong impact on your ability to secure an employment visa here? QUESTION I’ve dreamed of living in Hong Kong for much of my life, but I have a bankruptcy in my past and don’t know if it will affect my plans to find a […] Keep Reading...>

January 25th, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

January 23rd, 2017

This post was first published on December 2, 2012 Life in Hong Kong throws up many new opportunities and this question seeks to understand the implications for 7 years continuous residency in respect of an eventual right of abode application where an overall switch over in life plans sees a lady intending to relinquish her […] Keep Reading...>

January 20th, 2017

This post was first published on December 9, 2012. The question of what constitutes ‘ordinary residence’ in the determination of a Hong Kong right of abode application for a 7 year foreign national resident, can, ultimately, only be settled by the Court. The Hong Kong Immigration Department have their own means of assessing whether an […] Keep Reading...>

January 19th, 2017

So, what would the Hong Kong Immigration Department make of a relationship forged via the Internet? QUESTION Hello, I’m resident in Peru,  South America. I met a Hong Kong woman by chat; she lives in Hong Kong. We have been planning for me to go there and stay, only problem is that she’s still legally […] Keep Reading...>

January 17th, 2017

On June 14,2016 I gave a talk at WYND Co-Working Space in Lan Kwai Fong on the topic of why and how the Hong Kong Immigration Department are getting a lot tougher now in the wake of the Audit Commission Report Number 66 released to ImmD in April and made public in June. This is […] Keep Reading...>

January 16th, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

January 14th, 2017

First Published December 25, 2012 A relatively straightforward answer to, what can be, quite a complex question dealing with ‘Hong-Kong-immigration status-by-descent’ for foreign nationals born in the HKSAR. QUESTION I was born in Hong Kong  (I am a British passport holder and of British parents). I do not have ***. My daughter was born in […] Keep Reading...>

January 11th, 2017

The Hong Kong Immigration Department grant dependant visas on the basis of family reunion in Hong Kong. Where, however, the sponsoring spouse is no longer resident in the HKSAR, the question is begged as to whether or not an extension will be available for the sponsored dependant visa holder? QUESTION I currently live in Hong […] Keep Reading...>

January 9th, 2017

The Hong Kong Training Visa is an oft-misunderstood animal. This question is an excellent opportunity to discuss its nature – and what you can and can’t do if you possess one. QUESTION I’m currently working in Hong Kong under a training visa. I need to go on to an employment visa. Can I do this? […] Keep Reading...>

January 6th, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

January 5th, 2017

This video showcases my home town of Mandurah in Western Australia – shot during my Xmas / New Year break 2016 / 2017. I’m sure you’ll agree with me, it’s the world’s best kept secret! Happy New Year for 2017 everyone. Back at work today. Back in Hong Kong on January 10! More Stuff You […] Keep Reading...>

January 3rd, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

January 2nd, 2017

On May 30, 2016 I gave a talk at the Russian Club Hong Kong on the types of Hong Kong visas available to those nationalities who are only granted a 2 week limit of stay as visitors upon arrival in the HKSAR. This ‘2 week rule’ has a very real practical effect on citizens of […] Keep Reading...>

January 1st, 2017

In a blended family situation, the question often arises about how to secure Hong Kong immigration status for children from a previous relationship… QUESTION I’m a Korean married to a resident here, so eventually will have a dependant visa. The question is, what is the process for getting a dependant visa for my 16-year old […] Keep Reading...>

December 28th, 2016

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