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How to Gee Up A Hong Kong Visa Application That is Taking a Long Time to Process

April 7th, 2018

Posted by / in Family Visas, Your Question Answered / 6 responses

First Published on October 18, 2012 Whilst this question (along with the answer provided) discusses a dependant visa application, it does set the scene nicely for me to share with you how to go about prompting a response from the Immigration Department in an effort to keep your Hong Kong visa or other immigration application […]

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So, Stephen, What’s Your ‘Relationship’ Like With the Hong Kong Immigration Department?

March 8th, 2016

Posted by / in Musing, VG Front Page / No responses

On December 8, 2015, I was a guest of Startup Grind Hong Kong. . .  In the Q&A session after the interview, I was asked about my “relationship” with the Hong Kong Immigration Department. It’s the first time anyone has asked me this question on camera and I was very surprised with what the questioner then […]

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What Happens if You Inadvertently Breach Your Conditions of Stay by Taking Up an Unauthorised Employment in Hong Kong Without First Applying for a Change of Sponsorship?

January 29th, 2013

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Employment Visas, Investment Visas, VG Front Page / 10 responses

Under Hong Kong immigration law, foreign nationals are granted employment visa permissions to undertake work for a specific employer on the nominated terms and conditions of the employment agreement which underpins the work permissions granted on the issue of the initial visa, any subsequent change of sponsorship approval or your last employment visa extension. Any […]

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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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The Visa Geeza on RTHK Radio Three – Jan 2013

January 15th, 2013

Posted by / in Family Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing / 1 response

Phil @ RTHK very kindly had me back in the hot seat on Monday and, no sooner had I sat down, he had us off to the races. We talked a great deal about the Right of Abode and the Right to Land today – and also prolonged visitor visa for a Defacto Spouse. You […]

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Finally the HKID Shed Some Light on What Constitutes ‘Talent’ in a QMAS Application (3 Case Studies’ Video)

December 18th, 2012

Posted by / in Musing, Special Programmes / 5 responses

Either the Hong Kong Immigration Department are ‘on the sell’ or word has finally gotten back to them that its time to let prospective applicants under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme know something of the calibre and credentials of  people who pass muster and are successful in securing a QMAS visa. As you may know, […]

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Checking the Status of Your Hong Kong Visa Application On-Line…..Yeah Right!

November 14th, 2012

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Musing, Special Programmes / 45 responses

If you’ve made an application for a residence visa here, the Hong Kong Immigration Department provide you with a website URL and login credentials so that you can ‘track’ the progress of your case as it travels its way through the visa labyrinth that is the Immigration Tower. So goes the theory anyway. In fact, […]

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Why Do Some Hong Kong Visa Applications Take Months to Finalise (if Ever)?

October 17th, 2012

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 11 responses

If your application for a Hong Kong visa is taking a very long time to process any number of things could be going on to cause the delay. For example, the Immigration Department may be doing deep background checks on you or any of your accompanying family members to assess your bona fides in respect […]

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Is the Hong Kong Immigration Department Website Actually Any Use to Visa Applicants?

October 10th, 2012

Posted by / in 60 Second Snapshot, Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, VG Front Page, Visitor Visas / 2 responses

The Hong Kong Immigration Department website is good for a few things but not very good at all where it counts – namely, indicting to you your chances of success in getting your Hong Kong residence visa application approved. You see, immigration policy in Hong Kong is governed by highly confidential guidelines which the general […]

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The Hong Kong Immigration Department – What an Efficient Organisation They Really Are!

July 11th, 2012

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Musing / 9 responses

It’s not often that I am required to physically present myself at the Hong Kong Immigration Department these days. My staff usually take care of the administrative aspects of the Hong Kong Visa Centre case load and I have not been in to see the operations of the HKID myself for a couple of years […]

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