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Will a Criminal Record Impact on Your Application for a Hong Kong Residence Visa?

July 23rd, 2012

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 33 responses


 

Every now and again the question of criminal convictions and the impact they have on the Hong Kong visa process raises its head. Hadley here waxes lyrical on this subject and surprisingly, has quite a lot to say!

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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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RESPONSES
  • Mark

    9 Oct 2017 am31 10:05am
    01

    Hi, I was convicted for theft 1+ year ago in Hong Kong (clothes for HK$240). First conviction ever (in HK or elsewhere). I have been leaving in HK for 4+ years and I am planning to apply for working visa renewal for the second time. Any chance to be rejected?

    • The Visa Geeza

      11 Oct 2017 pm31 2:51pm
      02

      If the police have no objection and the offence did not involve imprisonment then it is unlikely that you will be refused an extension of stay.

  • Polly

    19 Aug 2017 am31 8:27am
    03

    Hi,
    My boyfriend wanted to know if he has to go through a special procedure to enter Hong Kong and if he has to pay to enter or fill out any paperwork for having a past DUI?

    Thank you!

    • The Visa Geeza

      22 Aug 2017 am31 9:26am
      04

      No.

  • Jamie

    28 Jul 2017 am31 3:39am
    05

    Hi

    I have a job offer as a UK national to HK but declared my record spent (5 years in UK) and therefore clean as we can do this here.

    I have: ‘theft of article x 2’ ‘theft by employee’ and ‘fraudulent use of article’: all gambling related in 2008/09, sentencing was fine and community order (12 months), all mitigating through addiction.

    since then gained teaching qualifications and master.

    Will I be granted a working visa (working with children)

    Thank you

    • The Visa Geeza

      29 Jul 2017 am31 11:50am
      06

      I doubt this will be an issue for you.

  • Violet

    20 Jul 2017 pm31 1:38pm
    07

    I am from Czech Republic and am living in UK now. I would like to apply for a spouse visa as my fiancee is a Hongkonger. However, I had custodial sentence 9 years ago and still need 1 year to be eligible to erase the record. May I ask if the probability that my application will be declined is high? Thanks a lot.

    • The Visa Geeza

      26 Jul 2017 am31 11:50am
      08

      Normally ImmD do not specifically ask about criminal records but if they do you will need to disclose it and then see how the cards fall. if they don’t ask then it’s unlikely they will refuse your application. You will never know until you apply.

  • Mark

    26 Jun 2017 am30 11:34am
    09

    Hi there,
    I have 3 unspent offenses next to my name

    2009 custody of a knife in a public place (fined)
    2009 Exceed speed limit <45 Km/H (fined)
    2010 Damage to property (fined + convicted, 12 month bond)

    It's 2017 now and I haven't been in trouble since 2010. How do my chances look for a working visa in HK?

    • The Visa Geeza

      28 Jun 2017 pm30 12:34pm
      10

      Shouldn’t be a problem.

  • Jen

    18 Nov 2015 am30 10:42am
    11

    I have a drink driving conviction in Australia (fine only) and an otherwise clean criminal record. Will I be automatically denied a QMAS visa. I have 110 on the points test.

    • The Visa Geeza

      18 Nov 2015 am30 11:18am
      12

      Nope.

  • Maccau

    8 Mar 2015 pm31 4:24pm
    13

    Would the same general rules apply for a Blue Card application in Macau?

    • The Visa Geeza

      9 Mar 2015 pm31 12:14pm
      14

      I doubt it as we are 2 different immigration jurisdictions but I have no expertise in Macau immigration law.

  • Stephanie

    4 Mar 2014 am31 9:12am
    15

    Thank u for the reply. Does fines count as a custodial sentence? No jail time or anything.

    • The Visa Geeza

      6 Mar 2014 am31 8:42am
      16

      No, a fine is not the same as a custodial sentence and is usually not deemed to be a ‘serious crime’.

  • stephanie

    3 Mar 2014 pm31 5:20pm
    17

    with a reckless driving conviction in the u.s.
    will applying for work visa be difficult or be declined?

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