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Will the Hong Kong Immigration Department Extend Your Visitor Visa if You Ask Them To?

August 6th, 2019

Posted by / in Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered / 12 responses


 

I have received 2 questions on the topic of ‘long stay’ visitor visas and the extension possibilities in the last 24 hours so am taking the opportunity to merge them into a single answer here.

QUESTION

“Hi, I think I could use some of your quality advice. My situation seems to be quite complicated, so I will keep it as simple as possible.

Last year, I moved to Hong Kong between October and March. I obtained a 6-month training visa for this period. Between the end of March and June, I traveled around Asia and returned to Hong Kong for a week during the beginning of June (on a visitor visa). I then returned home to Europe, where I decided that I wanted to move back out to Hong Kong in search of a permanent position (and live with my sister in the meantime). I have now been in HK since the 16th of August (approx 75 days) and therefore I am nearing the end of my visitor visa. I still have not found a job, therefore I have to go about renewing it. 

I would like to know from you, what you would do in my situation for the renewal of my visitor visa. I have heard that I can do a quick return trip to Macau or that I can submit a demand to the Immigration Department and request another 90 days. What method would you suggest?”

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“Hi Visa Geeza, I’ve got a question. For the past two years I have stayed in Hong Kong for over 500 days (in and out of Macau every three months/90 days) and now I’m wondering how long I can pull this off without raising red flags. I am not employed in any way and have just spent my days with my daughter who’s studying at university here.”

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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
  • Myann Borra Buendicho

    30 Mar 2018 am31 5:43am
    01

    i have found an employer to hire me as full time and is willing to sign a domestic contract with me to work with her family and she is willinng to sponsor my visa. How is the chances for me after being overstayed for 6 months?

    • The Visa Geeza

      31 Mar 2018 am31 8:42am
      02

      Nil.

  • Myann B. Buendicho

    30 Mar 2018 am31 5:38am
    03

    Hi can you tell me about my chances of going back to hong kong as a domestic helper after overstaying My visit visa as tourist for 6 mos.?

    • The Visa Geeza

      31 Mar 2018 am31 8:43am
      04

      Nil

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