I have been working in HK for five months now and would like to get a credit card. Hang Seng, with whom I have an account, has just refused my application. Apparently they only issue cards to permanent residents - and I am not quite patient enough to wait 7 years to get that status in order to have one of their cards.
I have searched the forum on this topic and have seen that some people who have had difficulty getting a card have had success with BEA, BOC, and HSBC. However, I did see on the application form for BOC and BEA that they too require permanent residency. Is there anyway around this? Do all banks state that requirement but then overlook it on a case by case basis?
Does anyone have any suggestions on where I would have the most success applying for a card?