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QOTW: How Are Mainland Applicants for Visas Issued Under the Hong Kong General Employment Policy Treated Differently From Other Foreign Nationals?

February 17th, 2015

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

Under the Hong Kong General Employment Policy, what’s the procedural difference if you are a Chinese citizen applying for a Hong Kong work visa (or any other type of visa for that matter) compared to the rules applying to non-Chinese foreign nationals? QUESTION  OF  THE  WEEK I am a Chinese citizen currently enrolled in a […]

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How Much & What Type of Work Experience Post-Graduation is Actually Needed to Get a Hong Kong Work Visa?

February 13th, 2015

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

At least 2 years post-graduation working experience in a managerial or supervisory capacity is required to be deemed a Professional in order to qualify for a Hong Kong work visa under the General Employment Policy…. Dear Visa Geeza, Thank you for maintaining such an informative site! It has been a great help to me understanding […]

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QOTW: Can I Get A Hong Kong Work Visa With No Degree?

January 8th, 2015

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Musing / No responses

An old chestnut this question which comes up time and time again about getting a Hong Kong work visa with no degree – albeit this time in the context of a technical apprenticeship undertaken straight out of senior high school. QUESTION  OF  THE  WEEK I moved to Hong Kong from France one month ago. I […]

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Can I Set Up a Hong Kong Company, Employ My Business Partner & Sponsor an Employment Visa For Him?

October 24th, 2014

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

The answer to this question is multi-part and ultimately driven by the challenges associated with a New Business Situation… QUESTION I am based in Hong Kong and would like your advice on visa applications for a friend.   A friend of mine, who is based in the US and I have been discussing a business opportunity for Hong Kong and […]

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The Hong Kong Employment Visa In Detail – Video Presentation by the Hong Kong Visa Geeza

October 17th, 2014

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Musing / No responses

Everything you wanted to know about the Hong Kong Employment Visa – but were afraid to ask! On March 21, 2014 I gave a presentation at the Chinese Club entitled Business Immigration to Hong Kong – A Practical Guide. This segment discusses the visa type widely applicable to foreign national employees seeking to work in Hong Kong. […]

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Hong Kong Visas From 39,000 Feet @ General Assembly – Employment Visas

September 14th, 2014

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Musing / 8 responses

On July 10, 2014 I was invited by the good folks at General Assembly to give an overview talk on the opportunities for their foreign national Alumni seeking to remain in Hong Kong after graduating from their excellent programmes. The Rest of the Talk Introduction Visa to Work Own-Business Visa Top Notch Talent Visa 10 Million Dollar […]

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Does the Hong Kong Immigration Department Positively Consider Family Reunion as a Factor to Employment Visa Grant?

May 31st, 2014

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

What do the Hong Kong Immigration Department take into account exactly when considering an application for an employment visa where the applicant has recently divorced from a Hong Kong resident? QUESTION I have been in Hong Kong for two years and have recently divorced.  I have care and custody of our two children.  My Ex […]

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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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QOTW: Can I Get an Employment Visa Again if I Still Owe Taxes From the Last Time I Worked in Hong Kong?

February 23rd, 2014

Posted by / in Case Study, Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / No responses

What is the interplay between unpaid taxes and a Hong Kong employment visa application subsequently? QUESTION Hi, I worked in Hong Kong last year, 2013, and left the city mid year after my work terminated. When I left, my company filed a IR56G “leaving Hong Kong” tax form for me with the IRD. However, I […]

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Lame Excuses Won’t Cut It If You’re Caught Working in Hong Kong Without an Employment Visa

October 10th, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Feature Article, Investment Visas, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 2 responses

Caught Working in Hong Kong Without an Employment Visa? If you’re working in Hong Kong  (paid, unpaid or temporarily transferred in) but do not have an employment visa sponsored by your current employer you are breaking the law and could be subject to 3 years imprisonment and/or up to a HKD350,000 fine. The law is very […]

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