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I Want to Live in Hong Kong With My Boyfriend – Is the Working Holiday Visa A Viable Option?

July 5th, 2019

Posted in Special Programmes, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Your Question Answered /

Sometimes, the sun and the moon align beautifully on a set of circumstances to allow an unmarried couple to spend time together in Hong Kong when ordinarily visa circumstances conspire against them. Not on this occasion, however! QUESTION “Hi there, I have just recently returned from Hong Kong to Canada where I am a citizen. […]

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Musing

Considerably Heightened Diligence by ImmD on All Types of Hong Kong Visa Applications

May 8th, 2019

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

First published March 6, 2019 and updated May 8, 2019. UPDATE:  8.5.2019 – ImmD are now routinely 2-3 weeks behind their normal case consideration time frames, even as late as May with the Summer Rush just around the corner to boot.  This is borne out by our own dealings with ImmD day-to-day and also the […]

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Musing

Hong Kong Employment Visa Self-Sponsorship – the Reality for Entrepreneurs Masquerading as Employees

April 5th, 2019

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

First Published May 1, 2012 There really is no such thing as visa self-sponsorship if you are an entrepreneur seeking permissions to join in your own business in Hong Kong. You either work for an independent third party employer, or you are working for yourself (or possibly in partnership with one or 2 others). Let’s […]

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Your Questions Answered

How Do You Prove to the Hong Kong Immigration Department That You Have Tried to Recruit Locally?

February 9th, 2019

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

Excellent question earlier this week. Great opportunity to slay a few sacred cows. QUESTION Hi, one of the requirements for the work visa application is a proof of genuine vacancy. What if a sponsoring company doesn’t do job ads? What can he present? He does recruit locally via his network since he is just a […]

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Hadley Says

The Perils of Contriving a Job Offer Just for the Purposes of a Hong Kong Employment Visa Application

January 3rd, 2019

Posted in Employment Visas, Hadley Says…, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

First Published November 25, 2013 Sometimes foreign nationals in Hong Kong take the view that it is acceptable to collaborate in the conjuring up of a job offer just for the purposes of helping a friend or professional colleague secure an employment visa in the HKSAR. However, this is fraught with danger and should not […]

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Newcomer’s Guide to Getting a Hong Kong Employment Visa

January 1st, 2019

Posted in Employment Visas, Infographic, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /

This infographic sets out how the path to securing a Hong Kong employment visa is traveled, from the decision to look for work through to granting of the all-important visa in your passport. More Stuff to Help You Along The perils of contriving a job offer in order to make an employment visa application in […]

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Your Questions Answered

Can I Go From a Hong Kong Investment Visa to an Employment Visa and Back to an Investment Visa Again?

December 24th, 2018

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

Entrepreneurship is a fluid beast! QUESTION Hello, I was on an investment visa for a year when I started my own business and then took on a full time role with another company.  I was transferred to an employment visa.  I am now considering leaving this role and going back to actively work in my […]

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Musing

Business Review – The Sword of Damocles for Successful Hong Kong Investment Visa Applicants

December 15th, 2018

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

If your investment visa has been approved but the Hong Kong Immigration Department believe your application was marginal, you can expect your visa to be subject to Business Review the first time that it comes up for extension. This works as follows: During your original application the HKID may not have been completely persuaded of […]

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Hong Kong Business Investment Visas – the Catch 22 for Foreign National Entrepreneurs

December 13th, 2018

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

  There are 2 pathways you can follow to apply for a business investment visa for Hong Kong. 1. You can be in Hong Kong as either as resident or a visitor seeking to adjust your immigration status to join in an existing, or establish a new, business; or 2. You can apply prospectively for […]

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Your Questions Answered

Can I Employ Myself by Getting a Hong Kong Business Investment Visa?

December 10th, 2018

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

This is a typical question about what is really a Hong Kong business investment visa application – but most often people don’t know, understandably enough, how to couch it… First Published April 21, 2012   QUESTION “Hello, I’m interested in getting HK residence permit (working visa). Please advise what’s the easiest, fastest and cheapest way […]

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