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Hong Kong Dependent Visa Sponsorship | Can You Apply Twice?

October 29th, 2023

Posted in Family Visas, Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /


Navigating the complexities of immigration law can be challenging, particularly when it comes to dependent visas in Hong Kong. One question that often arises is whether a person can get Hong Kong dependent visa sponsorship more than once, with different spouses. The answer, according to Hong Kong’s administrative rules, is yes, provided certain conditions are met.


The Role of Marriage Cessation Evidence

The first requirement is to provide evidence of the cessation of your legal marriage to your previous sponsor. This means you must be legally divorced from your previous spouse and have entered into a genuine marriage with your current spouse. The Immigration Department of Hong Kong requires proof of these changes in your marital status to ensure the legitimacy of your new dependent visa application.

Sponsorship Criteria for the New Spouse

Your new spouse, who will be your sponsor for the dependent visa, must demonstrate the ability to provide for your basic needs. This includes food and housing, which are standard criteria for qualifying for this type of visa. If you have previously held a dependent visa, you would be familiar with these requirements.

The Impact of Previous Dependent Visa Experience

Having held a dependent visa with your previous spouse, from whom you are now divorced, does not preclude you from being sponsored for a dependent visa by your new spouse. As long as you have remarried and your new spouse can meet the sponsorship requirements, you are eligible to apply for a dependent visa. The fact that you have been through the process before does not affect your eligibility.

Conclusion: Second-Time Sponsorship is Possible

In conclusion, immigration law in Hong Kong does not prevent you from being sponsored for a dependent visa a second time, with a new spouse. As long as you can provide evidence of the end of your previous marriage and the legitimacy of your new one, and your new spouse can meet the sponsorship criteria, there’s no reason why you can’t be successful in this application.

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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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