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Is There a Minimum Number of Days You Need to be in Hong Kong in Order to Maintain Your Investment Visa Status?

August 6th, 2017

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

Hong Kong is a small place with borders on our doorstep so how much time do you need to be physically in Hong Kong to retain your Hong Kong investment visa? QUESTION I would like to know, if I am able to hold a visa in Hong Kong, then what is the minimum time per […]

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Schooling the Lawyers – Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES)

April 30th, 2017

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Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES) On 14th January 2015 the Government announced the immediate suspension of the CIES programme determining, finally, to focus attention on attracting real business to Hong Kong, not capital. In reality, all the Scheme did was fuel a real estate bubble. Even after real property was removed from the list of […]

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Why & How The Hong Kong Immigration Department Are Getting A Lot Tougher Now – Breach of CIES Rules

December 17th, 2016

Posted in Musing, Special Programmes, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

On June 14,2016 I gave a talk at WYND Co-Working Space in Lan Kwai Fong on the topic of why and how the Hong Kong Immigration Department are getting a lot tougher now in the wake of the Audit Commission Report Number 66 released to ImmD in April and made public in June. This eighth […]

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What Chance is There That ImmD Will Grant a Visa to a Foreign National Who Previously Overstayed in Hong Kong by Five-And-A-Half Years?

October 22nd, 2016

Posted in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, Special Programmes, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered /

Overstayed in Hong Kong for a very long time previously…? Great question this, not so much because the answer is mostly quite obvious, but because it gives me a chance to have a discussion about overstaying generally. QUESTION I was looking for a male helper and found a suitable one for our family. However, he […]

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The Vexed Question of Hong Kong Visas for Chinese National Spouses Resident on the Mainland

September 1st, 2016

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

Hong Kong visas for Chinese national spouses cannot be directly sponsored by their Permanent Resident spouses. So, what ‘unconditional visa’ options exist, if any, for family reunion purposes? QUESTION I am a Hong Kong  PR (Canadian, been in HK for 9 years now working as a CPA) and recently married a PRC resident, who is […]

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The Evolution of the Hong Kong Business Investment Visa: How the Now Defunct Capital Investment Entrant Scheme Inevitably Led to the Startup Visa

November 21st, 2015

Posted in Investment Visas, Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

In October 2015, I was invited to give a short presentation at the Canadian Chamber of Commerce Baker Tilly Signature series of talks held at Regus Central Plaza in Wanchai. I spoke about the evolution of the ability for foreign nationals to secure immigration status in Hong Kong by investment and how the failing Capital […]

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2015 Hong Kong Immigration Policy Update – How Most Mainlanders Screwed Up Under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme

February 27th, 2015

Posted in Investment Visas, Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

Those Mainlanders! On February 10, 2015 I gave a talk at www.centreo.hk on my interpretation of the immigration policy changes announced by CY Leung earlier in January. In this segment I discuss how the original objectives of Mainland applicants to use the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme actually failed to materialise for the vast majority of them […]

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2015 Hong Kong Immigration Policy Update – Capital No Longer Required – Why Was the CIES Suspended ?

February 26th, 2015

Posted in Investment Visas, Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

CIES suspended! On February 10, 2015 I gave a talk at www.centreo.hk on my interpretation of the immigration policy changes announced by CY Leung earlier in January. In this segment I discuss the suspension of the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme and some of the machinations that went on which meant that the programme was destined […]

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2015 Immigration Policy Changes – the Inevitable Suspension of the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme

January 23rd, 2015

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

Long past its sell-by date and way beyond the ken of its originally intended constituency, CY Leung announced the suspension of the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme from the 15th of this month and at a swoop said ‘enough’ to the 20,000 moneyed mainlanders who lent the economy USD600 million over the course of the last […]

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Capital Investment Entrant Scheme Suspended – Business Investment Visa Gets a Boost!

January 14th, 2015

Posted in Investment Visas, Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

CY Leung in his policy address today announced the suspension of the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (“CIES” visa) with effect from tomorrow. Current applications are not affected. No new applications will be entertained until further notice. It appears that the government has determined, finally, to focus specific attention on attracting business to Hong Kong, not […]

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