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How to Gee Up A Hong Kong Visa Application That is Taking a Long Time to Process

November 18th, 2016

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


 

First Published on October 18, 2012

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Whilst this question (along with the answer provided) discusses a dependant visa application, it does set the scene nicely for me to share with you how to go about prompting a response from the Immigration Department in an effort to keep your Hong Kong visa or other immigration application moving along swiftly.

QUESTION

“My husband and I submitted my application for a HK dependant visa back in August and received a confirmation of acceptance on the 25th of August. We expected it to be processed within 3-4 weeks due to the straightforward nature of our case (in our mind) or within 6 weeks at the most, as per your website’s timelines. However, the status of the application is still “in progress”.

A little bit about our situation. My husband is a Canadian national working for a law firm in HK; he moved out there in January 2011 (before we were married; we met in July 2010) and works there on an employment visa, has his HK ID card etc.

I am a Ukrainian national residing and working in Canada. I recently received my PR in Canada and previously had a number of student, post-study work and high-value migrant type of visas.

My husband and I never shared a property in Canada (so we have no bills evidencing our prior cohabitation) and I have only been out to see him in HK once since he left. However, he comes and visits me for a week every two months in Vancouver.

We are in a loving committed relationship so we decided to get married in Canada in order for me to be able to come and live with him in HK, on a dependant’s visa. We married on the 4th of July of this year and when he went back to HK and collected all the necessary documents (such as the rental agreement for the flat where he lives, an employer’s letter etc.). He submitted the application (along with the necessary supporting documents posted from Canada including my part of the application form) in the second week of August.

Could you please advise what should be our next step in order to speed up the application process?”

The Process to Follow as Discussed in the PodCast Answer

1 - Call HKID General Enquiry Hotline 2824 6111
2 – Follow the prompts to make an enquiry to speak to an officer.
3 - Quote your file reference number provided on your Official Receipt.
4 - They will then take your name and Hong Kong telephone number and connect with the Officer in charge of your case.
5 - Expect a call back from your case Officer (if you are in Hong Kong) within 48 hours.

More Stuff to Help You Along

Why do some Hong Kong visa applications take forever to finalise?

Do I automatically qualify for a Hong Kong dependant visa if my partner has a work or investment visa here?

Married to a PHKID card holder overseas – the Hong Kong visa situation for the foreign national spouse?

What are your visa options in Hong Kong if your marriage has irretrievably broken down?

What visa options exist for unmarried, trailing partners?

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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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