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I Have Technically Overstayed My Hong Kong Employment Visa by One Day But Have No Job – What Happens Now?

November 3rd, 2013

Posted in Employment Visas, Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Visitor Visas /


Interesting and not at all unusual situation this one … how to deal with a technical overstay conundrum…


I have been living and working in Hong Kong for the past three years on a valid employment visa which has expired yesterday (2/11/2013).

I finished my employment earlier in the month (I am not continuing with them) and went to the US for a holiday.

I returned to Hong Kong last night (2nd November), hoping to enter on a tourist visa, however I arrived in HK at 10:00pm they said I could only enter under my employment visa (as it was still valid for another 2 hours).

Therefore this morning, at immigration tower I was told I was a technical overstayer (by one day) and they have gave me another 2 days to exit HK which I plan to do tomorrow via Macau and stay for one night.

On my return on Sunday I hope to be given a 3 month tourist visa.

My questions to you are:

(1) Do you think they will allow me to come back in once I have left?

(2) Do you have any advice on what I should say to the admissions officer?

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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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