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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

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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 your own behalf.


I have work permit granted to me (I was hired as a professional here in Hong Kong in my last employment).

Now, I am in job transition and I would like to do some freelance. 

Must I form a company here in order for me to do business with clients?

Can I issue invoice under my personal name, without a registered company here 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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