My family and I plan to leave HK at the end of this month. Im a British Expat and have been employed in HK for the last 3 years. I recently resigned my position ahead of our move. I have a few questions and would greatly appreciate if anyone can enlighten me.
Immigration / Visa: My employment Visa was recently extended to the middle of 2014. My wife and two sons are here as my dependents
Question one: Do we have to inform immigration ahead of the move? If so, what's the procedure. Is there any way in which we can retain our current Visas. If possible, id like to keep the Visas as a back-up contingency option in case we ever decide to come back. Is this possible?
Tax: I know that I have to settle up with the tax man, which is fine, as i think i'm due a small refund.
Question two: Are there any implications from my first question on immigration. ie, Will the tax authorities need any evidence that my Visa is going to be cancelled in order, before they refund? Or do they not care about this?
MPF: I understand from earlier posts that I can get some of my MPF paid out to me if I declare i'm leaving. However, I also understand this will mean that I cannot get a refund a second time in the event that I were to return to HK and leave again in the future.
Question three: Is the above correct ad would I lose the new MPF contributions forever? I've also read that in the new scenario (return to HK and leave again for a 2nd time) that I could get a pay-out, but not until im 65. Is this correct?
My preference is to 1) leave now and keep out visas current as a back-up option; 2) get my tax refunded; 3) get the MPF refunded. Can I do this? Or am i trying to have my cake and eat it?
My priority is to get the tax back. If this means losing the Visa, then so be it, though id rather not if i can help it. The MPF is a lower priority and Im easy either way.
I hope all this made sense. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help shed some light!