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My Girlfriend Is In Detention Prior to Removal – If I Marry Her Will She Be Able To Get A Dependant Visa?

May 27th, 2024

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


This is a sad situation for a couple who find themselves in a maelstrom of immigration difficulties caused by a less than sensible choice some time previously.

My Girlfriend is in Detention Prior to Removal


I am a permanent resident in Hong Kong and am planning to marry my girlfriend. My girlfriend is in detention prior to removal. She’s from the Philippines. I wanted to get a sponsored dependant visa for her after we get married.  The problem we have is that she is now under detention in Hong Kong under Immigration Ordinance section 32. Due to the borrowing of a passport to others to use. She have already signed a letter with the Immigration Department that she will not come back to Hong Kong and will soon need to go back to Philippines. What is the chance of me getting her back once we get married?


Yes, I can state that you find yourself in a very difficult situation here. The likelihood of you being able to persuade the Immigration Department that your relationship is bona fide and has merits in of itself, coupled with the problems associated with her manifestly poor immigration record under express undertakings that she will not seek to return to Hong Kong, it’s, in my opinion, that the likelihood of you being able to bring his young lady back to Hong Kong on the dependent visa sponsored by you is probably very slim indeed.

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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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