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Can a Hong Kong Training Visa Be Used As a Stepping Stone to a Full Employment Visa?

August 2nd, 2023

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The Hong Kong Training Visa Is An Oft-Misunderstood Animal.

This question is an excellent opportunity to discuss the nature of the Hong Kong Training Visa – and what you can – and can’t – do if you possess one …

Hong Kong Training Visa

Updated August 2023


I’m currently working in under a Hong Kong training visa. I need to go on to an employment visa.

Can I do this?

I have 3 years experience in this type of work from my time in Australia and have a degree in Small Business Studies.

I came here to do the same line of work but took a Hong Kong training visa just to see if  I like it and could adapt well.

Now I find that I have and want to get an employment visa.

Do you think this is possible if my company changes my contract? All the staff except for me are local.

Alternatively should I just try to extend and get a  further 6 months under my Hong Kong training visa ?

I would be most grateful if you could shed some light on how this might all play out for me. It’s obviously very concerning that I have the sword of damocles hanging over my head like this – I really am not sure at all if it is possible to swap from a Hong Kong training visa to an employment visa as I hope.

Many thanks for your advice and input.

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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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