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Interview: In the Last 20 Years Which Type of Hong Kong Visa Has Been Most in Demand and the Easiest to Anticipate an Approval For?

June 19th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 11 responses

First Published August 22, 2013 Which type of Hong Kong visa has been most in demand in the last 20 years and how easy has it been to get approval for this visa type? On June 6th, 2013 I was interviewed by five law students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong about my experiences […]

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Interview: What Was It Like Being An Immigration Consultant in Hong Kong During the Time of SARS?

June 17th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes, VG Front Page, Visitor Visas / 8 responses

First Published July 18, 2013 On June 6th, 2013 I was interviewed by five law students from the Chinese University of Hong Kong about my experiences practicing immigration here over the last 20 years. We covered a great deal of ground in the 90 minutes we spent together and over the next few weeks I […]

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Right of Abode in Hong Kong For Foreign Domestic Helpers – It Was All So-Inevitable Really…

June 4th, 2019

Posted by / in Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals / 1 response

First Published March 27, 2013   The Court of Final Appeal quashed the hopes of 1,067 long stay foreign domestic helpers(“FDHs”) earlier this week when they ruled that time spent in Hong Kong as a foreign domestic helper is not ‘ordinary residence’ for the purposes of a right of abode application. Putting the human dimension […]

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Why I Hate the Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (& You Should Too)

May 23rd, 2019

Posted by / in Musing, Special Programmes / 110 responses

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme sucks. It really does. Granted, for those fortunate souls who go on to finagle a QMAS result out of the Director of Immigration, the programme is a complete godsend. And all power to them. If it gets them a visa to make a contribution to our fine city, that’s all […]

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The Hong Kong Immigration Department Official Video – Almost 10 Minutes of “Why Bother”?

May 4th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 4 responses

The Hong Kong Immigration Department official video was released in June of 2012. As of the date of this post, their video had 35,000 views. This video is a typical government work of art – which begs the question as to why they produced it in the first place? Lots of smiling faces, stirring music […]

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How & Why Hong Kong Seeks to Attract Foreign National Talent

May 1st, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Special Programmes / 6 responses

 Why Hong Kong Seeks to Attract Foreign National Talent? Globalization has led to a seemingly endless trend of migration of people around the world. This includes the international movement of highly skilled workers, including specialists, researchers, business executives, managers and inter-company transferees. Much of the motivation on the part of these professionals is the allure […]

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The Impact of Brain Drain on Hong Kong and Resulting Immigration Policy Development

April 12th, 2019

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Investment Visas, Musing, Special Programmes / 5 responses

First Published On May 25, 2012 The Impact of Brain Drain on Hong Kong: the term “brain drain” first appeared in 1957 in a novel called Atlas Shrugged and the term refers to the loss of skilled researchers, analysts, the accomplished and the talented – for political, industrial and social reasons. It’s currently frequently utilized […]

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The Industry Secret Most Hong Kong Immigration Consultants Don’t Want You to Discover

March 8th, 2018

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 31 responses

First Published December 14, 2012 [Looking around furtively…] Shussh… You are probably paying too much for your Hong Kong visa service. It’s true, and here’s the reason why. Your ‘easy’ Hong Kong visa application costs just as much as a ‘hard’ or ‘very hard’ case – yet your visa services provider does not distinguish them. […]

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Case Studies

How A Hong Kong Employment Visa Application Can Go Completely Wrong if You Don’t Know What You’re Doing

November 25th, 2017

Posted by / in Case Study, Employment Visas, Refusals & Appeals / 21 responses

How a Hong Kong employment visa application can go completely wrong! Last week, a very good client of ours asked if I would be prepared to take a look at the file of an applicant who had been denied an employment visa a few weeks previously.   First Published on  October 3, 2012 This applicant […]

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Your Questions Answered

What Will the Immigration Department Make of a Third Party Objection to An Application for a Hong Kong Investment Visa?

February 12th, 2017

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

Objection to an application for a Hong Kong investment visa? Revenge is a dish best eaten cold, as they say. So, can an application for a Hong Kong investment visa be negatively impacted by the fact of a debt outstanding to a disgruntled creditor – or can it at least be used as a point […]

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