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The Hong Kong Immigration Department Are Out to Deny – Not Approve – Visa Applications (Aren’t They?)

August 30th, 2012

Posted in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Visitor Visas /


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It is often said that the Hong Kong Immigration Department are out to refuse visa applications rather than approve them.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

The HKID  have a huge job of work administering the population records and immigration status needs of our fine city and it is churlish to anticipate that they see their mission to thwart the desires of foreign nationals seeking to take up residence, for whatever reason, in the HKSAR.

The bottom line is that if you genuinely qualify for immigration status you are seeking, the Immigration Department will grant it to you.

But remember, the onus is on you, the applicant, to have all your application ducks lined up a row, your documents in good order and your dealings with the Department timely and efficient.

Somewhere among the 200,000 entry visas, 52,000 visitor visas (not issued at the airport or boundaries) and the more than 250,000 visit permit applications received from Taiwanese residents annually, falls your Hong Kong visa application!

Each year, from out of this melee emerges 25,000 employment visa approvals, 5,000 non-local graduates visas, 200-300 business investment visa approvals, 18,000 family visa approvals and 7,500 permits issued under the Mainland Talents and Professionals Scheme.

And this doesn’t even count the  Capital Investment Entrant Scheme applications.

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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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