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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 Investment Entrant Scheme in a sense led directly to the so called Startup visa here.

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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.

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