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Has the Hong Kong Immigration Department Tightened Up On Applicants With Criminal Records Recently?

February 12th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

The question of criminal records and how they impact on Hong Kong visa applications keeps cropping up… QUESTION Hi, I have previously lived in Hong Kong, once as a student so obviously held a student visa and then a couple of years later working there so had an employment visa. I’m a Canadian citizen and […]

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The Perils of Contriving a Job Offer Just for the Purposes of a Hong Kong Employment Visa Application

January 3rd, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says… / 14 responses

First Published November 25, 2013 Sometimes foreign nationals in Hong Kong take the view that it is acceptable to collaborate in the conjuring up of a job offer just for the purposes of helping a friend or professional colleague secure an employment visa in the HKSAR. However, this is fraught with danger and should not […]

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I Was Convicted of a Crime and Removed From Hong Kong – How Do My Visa Options Look Now?

November 6th, 2018

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Refusals & Appeals, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

Life in Hong Kong can throw up many challenges, none too much greater than the following: QUESTION Hello, and thank you for the opportunity to ask my question! I have questions, but I will frame my situation first. In June of this year, I made a big mistake and got in an altercation with another […]

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What Chance is There That ImmD Will Grant a Visa to a Foreign National Who Previously Overstayed in Hong Kong by Five-And-A-Half Years?

March 31st, 2018

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 1 response

Overstayed in Hong Kong for a very long time previously…? Great question this, not so much because the answer is mostly quite obvious, but because it gives me a chance to have a discussion about overstaying generally. QUESTION I was looking for a male helper and found a suitable one for our family. However, he […]

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Why Applying for a Hong Kong Foreign Domestic Helper Visa for Your Girlfriend is Not a Good Idea

January 2nd, 2018

Posted by / in Family Visas, Hadley Says… / 9 responses

Girlfriend visa for Hong Kong? First Published August 8, 2012 So, you’ve met a lovely local girl recently on your holiday to Thailand, Indonesia or the Philippines and you’re thinking about the kind of visa she might get to allow you both to carry on your relationship now that you’ve returned back to Hong Kong. […]

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Will a Criminal Record for Shoplifting Compromise Your Immediate and Long Term Plans for Residence in Hong Kong?

July 31st, 2017

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / 7 responses

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 […]

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My Girlfriend is in Detention Prior to Removal – if I Marry Her Will She be Able to Get a Dependant Visa?

March 1st, 2017

Posted by / in Family Visas, Refusals & Appeals, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

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. […]

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Will A Domestic Dispute With Police Attending Compromise Your Present or Future Hong Kong Immigration Status?

May 25th, 2016

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

Never has this question has been posed in this way previously so I am grateful to receive it… QUESTION Great website! I hope this reaches you well. I’m writing on behalf of my partner, who has been in Hong Kong for over 6 years. He’s coming up to his 7th year of continuous residency, and […]

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QOTW: Any Chance to Visit Hong Kong After Being Convicted of a Serious Offence Overseas?

July 15th, 2015

Posted by / in Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 2 responses

What might ImmD make of such a foreign national seeking to come to visit Hong Kong again? QUESTION  OF  THE  WEEK My friend holds a British passport and has family in Hong Kong. He has been many times before as a visitor but 5 years ago was convicted of a sexual offence in the UK […]

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Will Civil or Non-Criminal Penalties Accruing to a Business Impact the Hong Kong PR Application of One of its Directors?

May 18th, 2015

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Your Question Answered / No responses

How is an application for Hong Kong PR (permanent residency or the right of abode) impacted as a result of non-criminal litigation and Court sanctions? QUESTION My partner and I run a company (LTD) in Hong Kong. We’ve been a bit behind on our bills and most likely the company will be taken to court […]

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