New arrangements have been put in place for Hong Kong non-permanent residents – who are currently outside Hong Kong – and whose visas have expired or will expire soon
All visitors to Hong Kong without right of abode are subject to a condition of stay. Contravention is a criminal offence resulting in a fine and/or imprisonment
Adam Hugill on different types of visas and immigration schemes in Hong Kong. Laura Hunt shares her experience successfully obtaining and renewing her visas.
The UK Government further clarifies BN(O) citizens status in the UK as a first step to residence that can lead to full British nationality in the future
Recent discussions in the UK have suggested that some Hong Kong people might obtain further rights that could eventually lead to full British citizenship
Attaining a HKSAR passport can be reasonably simple, but it can also involve complications. When questions or difficulties occur, it can be stressful and confusing.
A few landmark cases in hong Kong have allowed same-sex couples to apply for dependent visas, to receive spousal benefits in the civil service and to jointly file tax returns.
Foreign domestic helpers are not considered to have “ordinary residence” in Hong Kong, therefore, they cannot meet the requirements for obtaining Right of Abode status.
Individuals thinking about immigrating to Hong Kong should understand the rights afforded by each status before starting the visa application process
Hong Kong’s immigration laws are strictly enforced by way of fines and, more usually, imprisonment.