Hong Kong Visas Made Easy

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May 2018

The Immigration Department Start Issuing ‘Out of Policy’ Hong Kong Dependant Visas for Qualifying Same Sex Partners On An Interim Basis

Posted in Family Visas, Feature Article, Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

Hong Kong dependant visas for qualifying same sex partners? Progress it seems. ImmD have quietly, of late, started issuing same sex partners who are married or have a civil partnership with an immigration status that is equal to a dependant visa. The status is ‘permission to remain in Hong Kong under only a limit of […]

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16

May 2018

What Can be Said to Constitute ‘Ordinary Residence’ for the Purposes of a Hong Kong Right of Abode Application?

Posted in Long Stay & PR, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Your Question Answered /

This post was first published on December 9, 2012. The question of what constitutes ‘ordinary residence’ in the determination of a Hong Kong right of abode application for a 7 year foreign national resident, can, ultimately, only be settled by the Court. The Hong Kong Immigration Department have their own means of assessing whether an […]

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14

May 2018

How Does a Prior Bankruptcy Impact on Getting a Hong Kong Employment Visa?

Posted in Employment Visas, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Your Question Answered /

Will previous financial difficulties experienced ‘in another life’ outside of Hong Kong impact on your ability to secure an employment visa here? QUESTION I’ve dreamed of living in Hong Kong for much of my life, but I have a bankruptcy in my past and don’t know if it will affect my plans to find a […]

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12

May 2018

My Hong Kong Visa Application Was Closed by ImmD After Correspondence Was Lost – What Happens Now?

Posted in Refusals & Appeals, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Your Question Answered /

Sometimes, correspondence gets lost and ImmD might close an application believing it has been abandoned when they hear nothing further from an applicant. Meanwhile, the applicant is on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome. What can you do to rectify this ultimate disconnect? QUESTION The company that is sponsoring me applied for an employment visa for me […]

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09

May 2018

Introducing: Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS)

Posted in Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

HOT OFF THE PRESS

Yesterday, ImmD announced a new immigration Scheme designed to, allegedly, make life easier for certain types of employer who need to hire biotechnology, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, data analytics, financial technologies or material science experts AND who work and / or operate out of Hong Kong Science and Technology Park or Cyberport.

I plan to do a complete critique of this Scheme once the full details are known but first reading is that the Scheme is not much use to the average start up or SME as, among other things, it calls for mandatory employment of locals to qualify – the first time I have seen such a requirement in Hong Kong Immigration practice.

In essence it’s a hybrid Supplementary Labour Scheme / Start Up Visa Frankensteinian monster that even comes with fixed time limits, a quota allocation application dimension and a compliance reporting requirement.

To me it seems as though a bunch of government bureaucrats sat down and said ” how can we come up with an immigration programme that nobody really needs that will allow us to spend all these government coffers and at once show just how committed we are to making life easier for those poor companies who have to earn their living rather than spending time administering government initiatives?

More from me later…

In Brief:  What is the Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS)?

TechTAS is a three-year pilot scheme which provides a fast-track arrangement for eligible technology companies/institutes to admit overseas and Mainland technology talent to undertake R&D work for them. Eligible technology companies/institutes would first have to apply for a quota. A company/institute allotted with a quota can accordingly sponsor eligible persons to apply for an employment visa/entry permit within the quota validity period. It also has to fulfill the requirement to employ new local employees.

In Brief:  What are the merits of TechTAS?

To the technology companies/institutes and technology talent…

By allotting applicant technology companies/institutes with a quota to admit technology talent with specific requirements, TechTAS will provide certainty for them to proceed with their recruitment and business plan.

While TechTAS would require the applicant technology companies/institutes to demonstrate at the quota application stage that the technology talent sought is short in supply or not readily available in Hong Kong, by doing away with the requirement to demonstrate local recruitment failure each and every time they seek to bring in talent, the actual admission procedure will be streamlined and thus be considerably shorter.

Once the applicant technology company/institute has identified a suitable candidate fitting the requirements in the allotted quota, it would take a shorter period of time for the individual to obtain the visa/entry permit – the Immigration Department envisages that the normal processing time for visa/entry permit applications could be shortened to two weeks, upon receipt of all the required documents.

To the technology sector…

The local employment requirement would provide more local job opportunities and help nurture our local talent

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So, What ARE Your Chances of Successfully Securing a QMAS Visa for Hong Kong?

Hong Kong Immigration Department are out to deny – not approve – visa applications (aren’t they?)

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May 2018

Introducing: Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS)

Posted in Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

HOT OFF THE PRESS Yesterday, ImmD announced a new immigration Scheme designed to, allegedly, make life easier for certain types of employer who need to hire biotechnology, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, data analytics, financial technologies or material science experts AND who work and / or operate out of Hong Kong Science and Technology Park or […]

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07

May 2018

How Can a Defacto Spouse Gain Approval to Work Under a Hong Kong Prolonged Visitor Visa?

Posted in Employment Visas, Family Visas, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Your Question Answered /

So, what happens if a defacto partner ‘trailing spouse’ wants to take up employment in Hong Kong under a prolonged visitor visa? Is this possible? QUESTION Hi Visa Geeza, I have been offered a job in Hong Kong and me and my de-facto partner are considering the move. Whilst the company will sponsor me,  my […]

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