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If My Hong Kong Training Visa Application is Denied Will I be Precluded From Visiting the HKSAR Subsequently?

June 20th, 2022

Posted in Employment Visas, Refusals & Appeals, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered /


What happens if your application for a Hong Kong training visa gets refused – will you be able to arrive and visit Hong Kong subsequently – or not?



I’ve been accepted into a startup accelerator in Hong Kong.

It’s not one of the “pre-approved” ones for the so-called Start-up visa so I’ve been recommended to apply for a training visa for the duration of the program.

What I’d like to know is if I don’t get approved for the training visa, does that prevent me from entering Hong Kong in the future on a standard visitor visa (I have an Australian passport).

I’m asking because I know in the US, a visa denial prevents you from visiting on the visa waiver program. Is that the same for Hong Kong?

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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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