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Right of Abode in Hong Kong – Are There Any Nationalities Who Do Not Qualify?

September 25th, 2014

Posted in Long Stay & PR, Musing, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /


On May 29, 2014  I gave a talk on How to Apply for the Right of Abode in Hong Kong at the American Club.

Watch this video on YouTube.

The following question was asked:

Are there any nationalities who do not qualify for the right of abode in 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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