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Winning a Hong Kong Right of Abode Approval in Record Time – Just 4 Days!

June 28th, 2012

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


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The Hong Kong Immigration Department come under fire, in our view somewhat unfairly quite often times, when in reality they truly are a customer-focussed governmental agency.

In June of 2012 we had a client who needed to secure his Hong Kong Right of Abode in a hurry. A combination of factors conspired to work against his application being submitted in sufficient time to expect his application to be approved efficiently and quickly.

However, as you will learn in this Case Study from our files, the Immigration Department bent over backwards to assist our client and his application was finalised and approved in just 4 business days case processing time and with just 3 days left before the clock was due to run down on his essential eligibility for a Permanent Identity Card the first time around.

Normally, it takes a minimum of 4 weeks to complete such a Hong Kong Right of Abode application!

Related Posts for Further Reading

The twists and turns of an unusual Hong Kong permanent residency application

Losing the Right of Abode and then using the e-Channels

STOP PRESS – Hilter’s HKSAR passport application has been refused!

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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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