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Considerably Heightened Diligence by ImmD on All Types of Hong Kong Visa Applications

May 8th, 2019

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


First published March 6, 2019 and updated May 8, 2019.

UPDATE:  8.5.2019 – ImmD are now routinely 2-3 weeks behind their normal case consideration time frames, even as late as May with the Summer Rush just around the corner to boot.  This is borne out by our own dealings with ImmD day-to-day and also the number of visitors to this Blog looking for the answer as to why cases are taking so long. It’s presently the 2nd most popular piece of content we have. Pls see:

Back to the original post of March 6 now…

It’s been one helluva start to 2019 with significant ImmD diligence on all types of Hong Kong visa applications. Indeed, my colleagues and I are spending an inordinate amount of time dealing with worried clients who’s applications are caught up in a maelstrom of new documentary requirements and confirmations. ImmD are now deep diving into areas of client business operations and employment confirmations previously not required – all in a manner that I have not seen for very many years.


Business Investment (Entrepreneur) Visa Extension of Stay Applications – after the fact Business Review conditions are now being implemented even where the original approval came free of such Business Review.

Entry Employment Visa & Change of Employment Visa Sponsorship Applications – random requests for all-of-business MPF returns for all employees claimed working for the sponsoring company.

Entry, Change of Category and Change of Sponsorship Employment/Entrepreneur Visa Applications – where the entity forming the basis of visa sponsorship requires any form of SFC licensing permissions, ImmD are no longer forthcoming with pre-license visa approvals (as was the case 12 months ago).

In almost every instance, ImmD are coming back seeking detailed further and better particulars. With each new request you can readily anticipate an additional 15-20 days of processing time on your applications. It is a rare case indeed these days which gets done in 4-6 weeks.

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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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