What might ImmD make of such a foreign national seeking to come to visit Hong Kong again?
QUESTION OF THE WEEK
My friend holds a British passport and has family in Hong Kong. He has been many times before as a visitor but 5 years ago was convicted of a sexual offence in the UK and served 18 months in prison. He is now on the UK’s sex offender’s register and must register his movements with the police. He wishes to make a short trip to visit Hong Kong, the first since his release. The UK police are content for him to travel and consider him low risk. He has not offended since leaving prison.
It is clear to me that Hong Kong could refuse him entry, but it is not clear to me what he should do. Should he apply for a visa in London first? Should he just go – and is there a positive obligation on him to disclose is offences? Or does he only need to disclose his record if asked by an officer?
When I came to visit Hong Kong previously I do not remember having to declare that I was free from convictions on any landing card.