Right of Abode

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What Can be Said to Constitute ‘Ordinary Residence’ for the Purposes of a Hong Kong Right of Abode Application?

May 16th, 2018

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

This post was first published on December 9, 2012. The question of what constitutes ‘ordinary residence’ in the determination of a Hong Kong right of abode application for a 7 year foreign national resident, can, ultimately, only be settled by the Court. The Hong Kong Immigration Department have their own means of assessing whether an […]

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If You Stay in Hong Kong for 7 Years as a De-facto Spouse Holding a Prolonged Visitor Visa Will You Qualify for Permanent Residency?

April 26th, 2018

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

Short and sweet question today, but an important answer so worthy of a PodCast answer (I get loads of questions each day and I answer all of those capable of an answer (many are not – eg “I want to work in HK can you get me a job and help with the visa”?) . […]

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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 a Short Period of Time Away From Hong Kong Break My Continuity of Residence for My Eventual Right of Abode Application?

February 16th, 2018

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

Short period of time away from Hong Kong break my continuity of residence? Sometimes, continuity of ordinary residence can inadvertently be broken due to factors outside of your control… QUESTION I recently graduated from a Hong Kong university after 2 years of permanent study. Due to circumstances I had to return to my home country […]

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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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How is My Dependant Visa Affected Under the Mainland Talents & Professionals Scheme if My Sponsor Father Goes Back to China to Work?

December 9th, 2017

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

How is your dependant visa affected under the Mainland Talents & Professionals Scheme if your sponsor father is heading home?  What happens to a Hong Kong resident dependant visa holder sponsored by a parent holding a visa issued under the Admission of Mainland Talents & Professionals Scheme where the parent is unlikely to remain in […]

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If I Have Spent Less Than 180 Days in Hong Kong During the Last Three Years Will it Affect My Application for the Right of Abode?

November 29th, 2017

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What happens if you work for a Hong Kong company but are stationed the majority of your time outside of Hong Kong? QUESTION I studied in Hong Kong for 4 years, and when I graduated, I got an offer from a Hong Kong company. However, my assignment is in mainland China. For the remaining 3 […]

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