Is it possible to hold an employment visa, not work for your sponsoring employer and travel, live and possibly even work outside of Hong Kong through to the 7 years qualification mark and still qualify for the right of abode?
I have a question regarding Hong Kong right of abode (permanent residency).
I have been working and living in the HKSAR for >5 years and my current employment visa allows me to stay till mid 2017 (by when I will have been in Hong Kong for almost 8 years).
I am planning to do some travels and short term studies around the world in the next year or so, or if any suitable opportunities arise, take on a full-time job somewhere outside of Hong Kong.
It won’t be a problem for me to come through Hong Kong every once in a while (say at least once every six months), but I wonder if the status of unemployment (despite an effective work visa) and limited time spent within Hong Kong could break my 7-year qualification for the application for right of abode?
What if I keep renting an apartment here – would this count towards ordinary residence?
Thanks so much in advance! Appreciate your kind help.
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