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Hong Kong Visa & Immigration Topics

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How Can I Go From Being a Sponsored Hong Kong Employment Visa Holder to Working in My Own Business as I Wait Out the 7 Years to Permanent Residency Here?

May 28th, 2017

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

If you leave your job and want to start your own business in Hong Kong, what are the immigration implications of this if you are a temporary resident foreign national employee? QUESTION Hi Stephen, I am in a bit of a pickle, I am currently waiting for my PR and I have a visa extension […]

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How Does Your Prior Immigration Record in Hong Kong Impact On Future Visa Applications Here?

May 2nd, 2017

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

Do the Hong Kong Immigration Department cross-refer previous applications for a visa to current application for a visa? So, how does your prior immigration record in Hong Kong impact on future visa applications? QUESTION Hello! I have a question regarding to my working visa. Previously I have been working in Hong Kong in the skin […]

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Can a Foreign Domestic Helper Working in Hong Kong for 30 Years Automatically Secure the Right of Abode After Marrying a Hong Kong Permanent Resident?

April 22nd, 2017

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

The question of right of abode for FDH’s in Hong Kong is a wound that continues to bleed… QUESTION If a Philippine domestic helper has been in Hong Kong continuously for 30 years can she obtain permanent residency after marrying a foreign (British) permanent resident? If not, can she remain in Hong Kong under any […]

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As a Hong Kong Work Visa Holder, If I Own Shares in a Company Here Will It Disqualify Me From Getting a Student Visa?

April 6th, 2017

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

Hong Kong being the dynamic ‘all-things-to-all-people’ type of place it is, oftentimes, certain life circumstances here throw up immigration challenges that need to be considered carefully to ensure that you do not inadvertently run afoul of the law and end up doing things that are no commensurate with your formal conditions of stay. This question […]

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Is There Such an Animal as a Hong Kong Employment Visa for an Independant Contractor?

March 9th, 2017

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

Hong Kong Employment Visa for an Independant Contractor? The General Employment Policy anticipates that foreign national Professionals seeking to work in Hong Kong are subject to a formal employer-employee relationship. So what’s the situation if the employer wants to engage you as a contractor? Is it do-able? QUESTION Dear Stephen,  I got a working visa […]

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What Happens to My Girlfriend’s Hong Kong Employment Visa if She Quits Her Job and We Get Engaged – Can She Carry on Working on the Strength of Our Relationship?

February 21st, 2017

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

Does being formally engaged to be married to a Hong Kong Permanent Resident materially impact the work permissions available to an employment visa holding fiance? QUESTION I am a permanent resident of Hong Kong working here and I met my girlfriend who is currently employed and on a working visa. However she no longer wants to […]

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Foreign Nationals Working in Hong Kong – Getting Married, Changing Visas & the Immigration Status of Children Born Here Subsequently

February 18th, 2017

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

So, what are the immigration implications of getting married and then having children in Hong Kong if you are a temporary resident presently holding an employment visa? QUESTION Hi, Can you please help with a few questions? 1. I am getting married next month and would like to cancel my employment visa through my employer, […]

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How Can I Manage the Expiry of My Hong Kong Employment Visa With My Intention to Resign From My Job & Start My Own Business Here?

February 8th, 2017

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

Juggling commitments to your employer and your employment visa status can be challenging when you plan to quit and start your own business… QUESTION I have been sponsored over the past 5 years by my current employer and I have now decided to set up my own business. The limited company is being created whilst […]

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My Hong Kong Visa Application Was Closed by ImmD After Correspondence Was Lost – What Happens Now?

January 27th, 2017

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

Sometimes, correspondence gets lost and ImmD might close an application believing it has been abandoned when they hear nothing further from an applicant. Meanwhile, the applicant is on tenterhooks awaiting the outcome. What can you do to rectify this ultimate disconnect? QUESTION The company that is sponsoring me applied for an employment visa for me […]

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Can I Study then Get Married All Whilst Holding a Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsored by a Company I No Longer Work For?

January 20th, 2017

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

This post was first published on December 2, 2012 Life in Hong Kong throws up many new opportunities and this question seeks to understand the implications for 7 years continuous residency in respect of an eventual right of abode application where an overall switch over in life plans sees a lady intending to relinquish her […]

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