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Can You Claim Right of Abode in Hong Kong if Your Deceased Spouse Had PR Here But You Didn’t Live With Him at the Time of His Death?

November 19th, 2018

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Is the Right of Abode in Hong Kong passed along to the spouse of a permanent resident such that is claimable after the death of your PR holding husband..? QUESTION This query is for  my cousin who is an adult. She was born in Pakistan and got married to a Hong Kong non-Chinese permanent resident. She […]

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Hong Kong Right of Abode Application – How Important Are Prior Tenancy Agreements?

November 10th, 2018

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Are tenancy agreement copies absolutely vital for a successful Hong Kong right of abode application? QUESTION For my Hong Kong PR application, what happens if I am unable to provide copies of my tenancy agreements?  I never thought I would still be here for 7 years so I every 2 years I get rid of […]

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How Do Foreign National Children Resident in Hong Kong for 7 Years Go On to Acquire Permanent Residency Here?

October 15th, 2018

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

The test for the right of abode for foreign national children resident in Hong Kong for 7 years is the same as for adults but the manifestation of that PR takes a slightly different form… QUESTION I’ve heard that our children can independently hold permanent residency once they turn 7.  Is this correct and if […]

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How Can I Prove ‘7 Years Residency’ for My Hong Kong Right of Abode Application if I Do Not Have Any Old Tenancy Agreement Copies?

October 9th, 2018

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How to skin the cat of the ‘missing tenancy agreement’ is an oft-faced challenge in the game of the Hong Kong Right of Abode Application after 7 years continuous ordinary residence by a foreign national intending permanent resident. QUESTION What happens if I am unable to provide copies of my tenancy agreements in support of […]

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Is There Any Fixed Residency Requirement for Retention of a Hong Kong Employment Visa?

September 1st, 2018

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

Not every stint for work or business means full time residency in Hong Kong so what to do about ‘half-timers’? QUESTION I am pursuing options to take up employment in Hong Kong and would like to know if there is any residence requirement for retention of a work visa. For example, how long can one […]

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What Impact Will A Temporary Yet Long Term Secondment Overseas For Work Have On My Hong Kong Permanent Residence Application 3 Years From Now?

July 18th, 2018

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Hong Kong being a small, dynamic city which punches above its weight in the region, this situation happens all the time. So what IS the impact on your subsequent eligibility for the Right of Abode if your employer wants to shift you off-shore temporarily to manage a project? QUESTION I have been working in Hong Kong […]

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What Paperwork (If Any) Goes Into Your Passport to Recognize that You Are a Hong Kong Permanent Resident?

March 23rd, 2018

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Dead simple question this one with a very short answer (for a change!) QUESTION What paperwork/ piece of paper, if any, goes in to your passport to recognize that you are a permanent resident of the HKSAR?  For the last 7 years I’ve had a dependant visa.  I need to know as I have one […]

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Will I Still Qualify for the Right of Abode if I Worked Temporarily in Macau Yet Lived in Hong Kong for the Full 7 Years?

February 3rd, 2018

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

I may be the middle of my NYC break but immigration stops for no man! Just before I left, I received the following question in regards to a Right of Abode application – which required me also taking a look at her documents. I’m grateful for the questioner’s permission to include our dialogue here on […]

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Will Time Spent in Prison in Hong Kong Break Continuity of Ordinary Residence for the Purposes of a Right of Abode Application After 7 years?

January 19th, 2018

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Will time spent in prison in Hong Kong break continuity of ordinary residence for PR purposes? QUESTION I am interested to know if there is anything I could do to strengthen the case of my application for the right of abode (permanent residency) and I am also unsure if having an application rejected could be […]

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Do You Need to Have Been Physically Present in Hong Kong for a Full Seven Years (i.e 2555 Days All Told) in Order to Qualify for Permanent Residency?

December 27th, 2017

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Sometimes even the big name publications can get their facts (and law) wrong… QUESTION Dear Stephen, The Wall Street Journal guide to HK states (here: http://guides.wsj.com/hong-kong/guide-to-hong-kong/visas-and-residency/ ), concerning the application for the right of abode, that “foreign nationals need to have stayed in Hong Kong for a continuous seven years. ” If one traveled for […]

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