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Relocating to Hong Kong For Work or Business – The Visitor Visa

October 3rd, 2013

Posted in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Musing, Refusals & Appeals, Special Programmes, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Visitor Visas /


On June 13 I was invited to address the 2013 Monaco Trade Delegation to Hong Kong & China on the question of visas to live and work in Hong Kong.

Watch this video on YouTube.

The Delegation was hosted by my good friends at Rosemont Hong Kong and I covered in a total of 50 minutes the whole sweep of employment and investment based visas as well as the question of permanent residency here eventually.

I have broken the talk down in 12 bite sized chunks under the following headings:


The Last 20 Years

Immigration Policy

The Visitor Visa

Job Offer Based Employment Visa

Business Investment Visa

Business Investment Visa Cash Required & Catch 22

Capital Investment Visa

Visas for Accompanying Family

Why Do Applications Get Denied?

Permanent Residency


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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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