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Can I Work Remotely for an Overseas Employer Whilst I Remain in Hong Kong With My Same Sex Partner on a Prolonged Visitor Visa?

June 24th, 2017

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 7 responses

What issues arise in respect of those foreign nationals in Hong Kong who accompany their unmarried life partners (gay or heterosexual) here on prolonged visitor visas and who are planning to carry on their professions remotely for an overseas employer whilst permitted by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to be present in Hong Kong as […]

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Can I Actually Submit a Hong Kong Same Sex Partner Visa Application Via the Extension of Stay Process These Days?

April 18th, 2017

Posted by / in Family Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

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 […]

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I’m a British National Accompanying My Girlfriend Who’s Transferring to Hong Kong to Work for 2 Years – What Kind of Visa Can I Get to Join Her?

February 26th, 2017

Posted by / in Special Programmes, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

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 […]

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Can the Employer Sponsoring a Gay Employee’s Hong Kong Employment Visa Assist in Any Way in a Visa Application For an Accompanying Life-Partner?

February 23rd, 2017

Posted by / in Family Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 3 responses

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 […]

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How Important Are Photographs When Documenting Relationship Bona Fides in a Same Sex Partner Visa Application for Hong Kong?

January 31st, 2017

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 5 responses

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 […]

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Hong Kong Visas for Same Sex Partners – A Practical Guide

October 6th, 2014

Posted by / in Musing / No responses

This video sets out the practicalities for same sex partners in securing the permission of ImmD to join their significant other in Hong Kong. On March 21, 2014 I gave a presentation at the Chinese Club entitled Business Immigration to Hong Kong – A Practical Guide. In this section of the talk, I cover the ground […]

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How Easy / Practical Is It to Swap Between a Prolonged Visitor Visa & Student Visa (or Employment Visa) in Hong Kong?

May 12th, 2014

Posted by / in Family Visas, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

Same sex partners, married or otherwise, are just not treated equally when it comes to immigration in Hong Kong I’m afraid… QUESTION Dear Stephen, I will be transferred by my company from Holland to Hong Kong beginning of  August. My partner (we are getting married end of May, according to Holland civil union law for […]

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Will the Fact of 2 Previous Visits to Hong Kong Help or Hinder a Prolonged Visitor Visa Application for My Same Sex Partner?

June 20th, 2013

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 5 responses

Procedural question about same sex partner visa applications today – yet an important one all the same. QUESTION Hi Stephen, I am in a loving committed and stable relationship with a same sex partner (both Irish citizens). I am already sponsored through my MNC but my partner has accompanied me here for the past 4 […]

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How Does Legal Marriage Between Same Sex Partners Impact on the Hong Kong Visa Process?

May 11th, 2013

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 4 responses

Whist, unfortunately, same sex partners cannot (at this moment in time at least) qualify for dependant visas. The question is still begged as to how formal marriage or civil partnerships between such couples impacts on the Hong Kong Visa process. QUESTION Hi Geeza, Here is my question. I work for an Australian organisation in Portugal, […]

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UPDATE: Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visas for British Nationals – the Jury is Still Out After All

January 26th, 2013

Posted by / in Family Visas, Musing, Refusals & Appeals / 1 response

I am really grateful to Paula Walker of Crown Mobility for engaging last week on the topic of prolonged visitor visas for British nationals seeking to join their loved ones in Hong Kong. Following on from Thursday’s post (where I reported that UK nationals are no longer able to persuade ImmD to grant them prolonged visitor visas) […]

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