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How Does Changing Industries Impact on Your Application to Change Hong Kong Employment Visa Sponsorship?

April 23rd, 2023

Posted in Employment Visas, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Your Question Answered /


First Published January 16, 2018 – Updated April 23, 2023

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My current work visa is about to expire 5 days from now. I’ve applied for a transfer and extension simultaneously almost 4 weeks ago as I am moving to a new employer.

The visa application has not been approved yet.

What if they don’t get back to me before the expiry date of my current limit of stay? Do I have to leave the country?

Someone told me you can stay in HK for 2 weeks after your work visa expires. Is this true?

Also, I am not sure if this complicates things, but I am moving industries as well.

I was an English teacher for the last year in Hong Kong and I am moving back into business.

I used to work in Insurance for almost 3 years before I came to Hong Kong. This new job is an Insurance job as well and I have written the papers I need to be able to practice this profession in Hong Kong.

Thanks for your insight.

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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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