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Hong Kong Visas Vietnamese Nationals – RTHK Backchat

July 26th, 2023

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 Hong Kong Visas Vietnamese Nationals

– a 40 minutes discussion on RTHK Radio 3 Backchat on 25th July 2023 –

Hong Kong Visa Requirements for Vietnamese Nationals

I Recently Contributed to a RTHK Radio 3 Backchat Discussion on Hong Kong Visas Vietnamese Nationals.

Due to legacy issues since the 1970s the present immigration policy as regards Hong Kong visas Vietnamese nationals is somewhat of a dog’s breakfast.

Present Policy Towards  Hong Kong Visas Vietnamese Nationals?

  1. Visitor visa before arrival needed (takes 6 weeks, valid 7 days, extendable for 7 more) – usually single entry
  2. APEC Business Travel Card holders get 60 days business visit each arrival – card valid 5 years.
  3. Not eligible for employment, training or business investment (entrepreneur) visas.
  4. Student visas only for full fees paying undergraduate or post graduate degree programmes.
  5. Talent Admission Schemes – not eligible
  6. Gradutes from Hong Kong universities can work under IANG.
  7. Dependant visas are available.

Change In The Offing?

The Secretary for Security Chris Tang is set to visit Vietnam next month and change could very well be in the offing.

With a population of more than 97 million Hong Kong could very well be missing a trick through it’s presently very stringent policy towards Hong Kong Visas Vietnamese Nationals.



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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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