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Is it Legal for Company B to Hire Me Away from Company A (Assuming No Local Can Fill the Vacancy) & Apply For a New Hong Kong Work Visa Before the First Expires?

February 12th, 2018

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


New Hong Kong work visa? This question has a straightforward answer which has been addressed quite a few times previously on this Blog but it was asked in such a novel away it made me realize that not everyone views Hong Kong immigration through the lens that I have carried with me for 20 years!




My question is about changing jobs and the visa process between the two. 

Is it legal for Company B to hire me away from Company A (assuming no local person can fill the job) and apply for a new Hong Kong work visa before the first expires?

Can one apply for another working visa while still on an active visa?

I’d think this kind of situation is common – we all want a better job if offered.

If Company A cancels my visa before I get a new one, I’d have to leave the country before a new one is ready?

What are some of the things to consider from a job seeker and from an employer point of view?

Also I’m interested in whether I might be able to switch to an Investment visa mid-stay if I were to be an attractive candidate for that (I know its difficult).

Thanks a lot!

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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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