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How Important Are Photographs When Documenting Relationship Bona Fides in a Same Sex Partner Visa Application for Hong Kong?

January 31st, 2017

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It’s quite rare in most types of family visa applications that a single supporting document will definitively determine success or refusal.


Of course, if you claim to be married or a legal parent (for example) and seeking a legal dependant’s visa, marriage and birth certificates are an absolute prerequisite to establish proof of legal relationship. But where does that leave same sex partners who don’t qualify (alas) for this type of visa?


We are about to file for the long term visitor visa so that I can live in Hong Kong with my husband (married in the US when he was living there).

He’s a native of Hong Kong.

We’ve been together for 6 years, married for 3, but we have only a few photos of each other, and they’re all digital and so – undated.

The documentation of our relationship is quite solid – joint bank accounts, marriage certificate, testimony of family, proof that he was living with me in the US – but the photo issue is bothering me.

How important is it?

Thanks for all your great information!

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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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