ImmD Getting Tougher

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You Have Been Warned: The Hong Kong Immigration Department Are Now Essentially Working To Rule

July 18th, 2017

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I have been spending the last 4-5 months of my life fending off the reasonable concerns which clients have about how long it is taking ImmD to finalise most type of visa applications but mostly employment and business investment (entrepreneur) applications. Here’s an example of how it works (real life case example) from a recent […]

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Battening Down The Hatches – WHY THE HONG KONG IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ARE ABOUT TO GET REALLY TOUGH On Visa Applicants

June 15th, 2016

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Feature Article, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals / 1 response

Hong Kong Audit Commission Report 66 – If you work in the field of Hong Kong immigration, these last few days can properly be said to amount to an earthquake under the foundations of Immigration Tower. Presentation @ WYND on June 14, 2016 – Download Here Last week, the Hong Kong Audit Commission released their […]

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Audit Commission Recommends Operational Changes at ImmD – April 2016

April 22nd, 2016

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The Hong Kong Director of Audit issued Audit Commission Report Number 66 on the 5th of April and has made recommendations, which the government has accepted, to change certain aspects of how ImmD undertake their duties. The Report is a mine of information (and runs to 86 pages long) but here follow some of the changes afoot: […]

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The Visa Geeza on RTHK Radio Three – August 2014

August 30th, 2014

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / 2 responses

Phil took me off the path of immigration on RTHK Radio 3  earlier this week and got me talking about creative disruption and the Hong Kong Visa Centre business model! You can listen to our complete discussion here. Phil hangs out on his Morning Brew Facebook page which I recommend you check out and Like! More Stuff You Might […]

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Global From Asia Video PodCast: More on the Recent Toughening Up By ImmD on Hong Kong Investment Visa Applications

July 24th, 2014

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / 4 responses

A couple of weeks ago, Michael Michelini interviewed me for his Global From Asia PodCast show… This was my second interview with Mike (first one here), so this time I invited him to come along to the Video Cha Cha studio so we could capture the session on video too. Two birds with one stone! […]

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UPDATE! All Hong Kong Business Investment Visas Now Routinely Subject to Business Review

July 21st, 2014

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing / 4 responses

An occasional, important update from the Hong Kong Visa Centre… A few weeks ago I went on record stating that the Hong Kong Immigration Department have started to adopt a generally tougher stance in a variety of practice areas but especially as it relates to business investment visa applications. A clear example of this has been […]

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The Visa Geeza on RTHK Radio Three – July 2014

July 8th, 2014

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Musing, Visitor Visas / No responses

Back to see el-Maestro Whelan at RTHK Radio 3 yesterday – in the stinking hot showery weather to boot! Enjoyed my bi-monthly 15 minutes of fame with Phil early yesterday afternoon and discussed at length the further toughening of ImmD on business investment visa applicants. We also talked a lot about the Shenzhen Shutttle and went over […]

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UPDATE! If You Are Applying For a Hong Kong Business Investment Visa You Must See This!

July 7th, 2014

Posted by / in Investment Visas, Musing, Resource / 6 responses

An occasional important update from the Hong Kong Visa Centre… Two weeks ago, we had 3 business investment visas all refused on the same day. It is clear that the Hong Kong Immigration Department have recently gotten a lot tougher. If you intend to apply for a Hong Kong business investment visa, you must watch […]

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The Hong Kong Immigration Department Really Are Getting Tougher Across the Board Now…

April 16th, 2014

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 3 responses

It has taken me 21 years to make this claim…  I have been practicing in Hong Kong immigration advisory matters since 1993. All down those years, I have been asked countless times “is Immigration getting harder?’ and unflinchingly I have answered ‘no’. It has always been my experience that if you have an approvable case […]

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