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QOTW: Can You Take Up Short Term One-Off Employment in Hong Kong on a Visitor Visa?

May 13th, 2015

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


The Hong Kong Immigration Department are interested in regulating activity, not whether you get paid for it or not… or even where you might get paid for that matter…


I run a team of Field Engineers who travel the world doing warranty repairs for our company, manual labour.

I also have office based staff who travel overseas to review projects, which is not manual labour.

We are finding it confusing to know whether these two categories of staff need work visas or not when visiting Hong Kong.

In essence they are not going to Hong Kong to seek permanent employment, they are merely visiting on a short term basis to carry out warranty repairs whilst remaining fully employed by our company which is based in the USA.

Are you able to shed any light on this unique type of ‘visit’ to Hong Kong?

Does such short term one-off employment in Hong Kong require an employment visa after all?

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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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