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Will A Criminal Record Impact On Your Application For A Hong Kong Residence Visa?

March 5th, 2024

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


UPDATE: March 5, 2024

This article tries to clarify the impact of a criminal record on your application for a Hong Kong residence visa

Used to be no – but now the game has completely changed.

Criminal records now must be disclosed across all visa types.

Every now and again the question of criminal convictions and the impact they have on the Hong Kong visa process raises its head. Hadley here waxes lyrical on this subject and surprisingly, has quite a lot to say!

Criminal Record Impact On Your Application For A Hong Kong Residence Visa – Is Your Conviction Already Spent?

Of course, the million dollar question right now is will the existence of a prior criminal conviction automatically disqualify an applicant? If not, what is the threshold? Will ‘spent’ convictions need to be disclosed?

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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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