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Hadley Says

Your Employer Must Help You Get Your Hong Kong Employment Visa!

June 25th, 2012

Posted in Employment Visas, Hadley Says…, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /


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Most employers in Hong Kong understand that getting an employment visa is a 2 party process and usually help their foreign national employees get the visa they need to start work here.

But sometimes an employer will seek to divorce themselves from the process and say to their new employee “you have to sort the visa situation out by yourself”.

This is not a great way to go about getting an employment visa approved because you’re both going to have to engage in the process.

It’s as simple as that.

The employer needs to know that they will have to provide, at the very least:

• Business information
• Company financial information
• Details about current staff (including what they are paid), and
• Sponsorship, including an undertaking to fund the cost of your repatriation if you need to be removed from Hong Kong for any reason.

Your employer’s fears can be assuaged to some degree by them agreeing to supply sensitive information required to support your application in a sealed envelope to the HKID directly against your official file reference number (and away from your ‘prying ‘ eyes!)

But they are going to have to play ball!


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The 7 things to tell your employer about Hong Kong employment visa sponsorship

I’ve lost my job – what about my employment visa – will I get kicked out of 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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