Frequently Asked Questions:
How long does the application process take?
Once in possession of an employment visa, am I free to work in
Hong Kong for whomever I wish?
depends on several factors, the type of visa required the history
of the person or company and the timely submission of all the required
documentation. The general rule is 3-6 weeks for an employment visa
and between 2-6 months for an investment visa
How do I apply to become a permanent resident of Hong Kong?
No. An employment visa is specific to the
employer / sponsor who provided support for the initial application.
If you wish to change employers, you must apply for a change
of employer / sponsor before taking up employment with them. It is
illegal to work for another company before you have completed this
You need to have been ordinarily
resident in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than seven
years, and have no outstanding tax liabilities in Hong Kong, and pose
no security threat to Hong Kong. The process of becoming a permanent
resident involves applying for the Right of Abode, which is detailed
on the appropriate page of this website.
I have been absent from Hong Kong during the past seven years,
and wish to apply for the Right of Abode. Can I still do so?
If you have any questions which you think should
be posted on this page, please do not hesitate to contact
us and we shall update accordingly.
Yes. You may still apply for permanent residency
in Hong Kong if you have not been absent from Hong Kong for a period
of more than six months in any one year during the past seven years
of continuous residence. In some cases, your application for Right
of Abode will still be considered if any one absence exceeded six
months, as along as the appropriate supporting information and explanation
If there is any subject regarding
immigration issues in Hong Kong that you wish to discuss further or
need clarification on, we are always happy to help and provide an initial
consultation free of charge.