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Will My Hong Kong Employment Visa be Compromised If I Leave My Job Due to Intolerable Working Conditions?

November 18th, 2022

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Should you be worried that your employment visa status in Hong Kong might be undermined if you choose to leave the employ of an unsavoury employer? QUESTION Hello, my current employer and visa sponsor is a small business, and my working conditions are intolerable – twice the amount of hours than stated on the contract, […]

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Can I Go From a Hong Kong Investment Visa to an Employment Visa and Back to an Investment Visa Again?

November 12th, 2022

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

Entrepreneurship is a fluid beast! QUESTION Hello, I was on an investment visa for a year when I started my own business and then took on a full time role with another company.  I was transferred to an employment visa.  I am now considering leaving this role and going back to actively work in my […]

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I Want to Change Jobs With a Significant Reduction in My Base Salary – How Will this Impact on My Hong Kong Employment Visa Change of Sponsorship Application?

October 14th, 2022

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QUESTION I currently hold a Hong Kong employment visa with a company where I am receiving a monthly salary of HK$50,000 (fixed salary, no bonuses), and have been working with this company for the past 4 years. My contract, and visa, are due to expire soon so I am in the process of looking for a […]

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Half Way Through the Process, is it Possible to Cancel One Hong Kong Employment Visa Application to Start a Second One Instead?

September 10th, 2022

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It sometimes happens that 2 job offers emerge in quick succession and you prefer to accept the 2nd one but the visa application for the first one has already started. So what happens in a situation like this? QUESTION I am currently in Hong Kong and about to sign a contract with a company who […]

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Can the Company You Have Just Left Contact Hong Kong Immigration And Make Your Visa Expire Immediately?

August 20th, 2022

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

Contact Hong Kong Immigration and make your visa expire? This question comes up often enough for it to warrant another explanation of the arrangements which prevail (current ImmD practice)… QUESTION Dear Visa Geeza,  I’m under the impression that when you leave a company that has been sponsoring your employment visa or if you are fired, […]

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Can You Remain in Hong Kong Under an Employment Visa Sponsored by an ex-Employer & Run a Hong Kong Sole Proprietorship Providing Services Outside of Hong Kong (Mostly)?

July 29th, 2022

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

First Published November 27, 2017 Unusual set of facts in this case and a question never posed to me in this fashion previously… Remain in Hong Kong under an Employment Visa sponsored by an ex-Employer? QUESTION I have been in Hong Kong since 2011 under an employment visa but have recently quit my job. The […]

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Do I Still Need a Hong Kong Working Visa if I’ve Been Placed on Gardening Leave?

July 25th, 2022

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

You always need a Hong Kong working visa to take up employment in Hong Kong whether paid or unpaid. What about if you are serving out your notice period on gardening leave? (First Published June 4, 2015) QUESTION My friend resigned from his job with his Hong Kong employer in May and he was on […]

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Can a Hong Kong Sole Proprietorship Form the Basis of a Self-Sponsored Change of Sponsorship Hong Kong Work Visa Approval?

July 18th, 2022

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

Can you get a self-sponsored change of sponsorship Hong Kong work visa? Fantastic question this which took me 10 minutes to think the answer through for! QUESTION As an expat, I currently work for a company that sponsored me in Hong Kong for my work visa.  I now no longer want to work exclusively for […]

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What Can I Do If My Employment Contract Ends on the Same Day as My Hong Kong Work Visa and I Need to Stay Here a While Longer to Sort Out My Affairs?

July 15th, 2022

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Employment law and immigration law are often overlapping but must be dealt with separately… What can I do If my employment contract ends on the same day as my Hong Kong work visa and I need to stay here a while longer to sort out my affairs? QUESTION I am in a fix with a […]

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What Compliance Obligations Do I Have if I Hold a Hong Kong Employment Visa and Want to Start Freelancing After I Stop Working for My Employer-Sponsor?

June 6th, 2022

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

I hold a Hong Kong employment visa and want to start freelancing…   As a foreign national temporarily resident in Hong Kong on a sponsored employment visa, there are a number of different compliance issues that need to be addressed if you lose your job and you fancy embarking down the path of freelancing on […]

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