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Does the Hong Kong Employment Visa Change of Sponsorship Process Expressly Disclose to My New Employer the Reason For Me Leaving My Previous Job?

November 21st, 2020

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This an excellent question which has never come up in this fashion before so I’m delighted to provide the answer!


First Published July 30, 2013


I have just been made redundant by my Australian employer and my last day working in Hong Kong will be August 30, 2013.

My visa permit period extends to the end of next year (November 2014).

I am coincidentally in the final stages of negotiating a new role with a different firm, also located in Hong Kong.

However, I do not want my potential new employer to know that I have been made redundant, lest they use this knowledge to my detriment in the final stages of compensation negotiations.

My question is two-fold:

1. When my new employer eventually undertakes the Change of Visa Sponsorship activity, will they come to know that I was made redundant, or will the forms be silent vis a vis who left whom?

2. Will my new employer know the date I left the current firm, i.e., August 30, or only that I have left it and that I am eligible for a new work visa sponsored by them?

Thanks very much in advance.

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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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