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What Are the Chances of Swapping from a Training Visa to an Employment Visa For the Same Employer Once the Period of Training is Over?

December 5th, 2012

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Many foreign nationals and the companies which bring them to Hong Kong to receive or deliver training on a short term basis, believe that it is possible to go on to change over to an employment visa once the prescribed period of training has been completed.

Yet 99% of all such applications are rejected by the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Consequently, the training visa should not be construed as a back-door pathway into an employment visa for Hong Kong.

In gaining the original permissions for the training visa, both the sponsoring company as well as the training visa holder himself, made express undertakings as to the rationale for the temporary deployment to the HKSAR and that, once the training is over, the foreign national would leave Hong Kong to go back to what he was doing before his time as a trainee in Hong Kong commenced.

So, you might be able to finagle up to a one year period of stay as a trainee in Hong Kong, but once your time is up, it’s time to leave

Almost without exception!

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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.

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