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A Public Thank You to the Hong Kong Immigration Department

August 23rd, 2013

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


A few weeks ago we received instructions from a client who was needing to extend a Quality Migrant Admission Scheme visa on the strength of a new business she was in the process of implementing here in Hong Kong (after a few years of working as an employee under the QMAS programme).

Still relatively new, the business had only just fully coalesced to the point where the client was ready to start trading, when she got really ill, very suddenly: fighting-for-life-ill.

I will not go into any further details. There’s no need to do so for the purpose of this post.

But what is especially noteworthy was the tremendous support the Hong Kong Immigration Department QMAS extension team in Wanchai provided to us as we navigated the extension process in the full knowledge of our client’s  parlous state of health.

They were sympathetic, sensitive, involved, concerned and incredibly supportive.  And very very quick.

Actually, they were magnificent.

Thank you ImmD. Let no one in Hong Kong say that you do not care.

We know you do.


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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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