Hi people. I tried to apply for HK ID april 2004.
I am a Australian citizen born in Aust, my father is a permanent HKresident, my mother is from Vietnam. Both my parents are now Australian citizenships. A overseas Right Of Abode application for my sister and I was sent the same date I travelled from Sydney to Hong Kong 14 April 2004, So i am unaware of what Documents and Informations was included in the application. After 5 weeks from arriving in hong kong and still no word about my application or a reference letter, I called immigration to check the status of my app, Immigration replied me by phone and email stating application takes times to proceed :end of email. Eventually I started another application for right of abode at the immigration tower 25th Floor , only applicable to applicant currently in HK, all information and documents were provided by my family in Sydney FAXED directly to the case officer handling my new application, for convience and less confusion i will call this apllication CASE 2. After 7 weeks of waiting and continuous hassling about the status of my first original overseas application ( named to CASE 1 ), they eventually responded and said they have started to process my overseas application(CASE 1). 2 Days past by and in the early morning durning my sleeping time ( CASE 2 ) officer contacts me and asked me MR (Kbokusan KAY) your application for right of abode is not applicable, due to the reason you are applying under the sponsor of your father MR [Vincent KAY] a valid HK permenant resident, But your registered BIRTH CERTIFCATE states your father is not MY[ Vincent KAY] but a different name MR [jeffrey LEE], Confused and shocked after hearing this information I pondered for awhile on who to to call ,my mother or father. Very akward postion to be woken up in a zombie state and to be told your father for 22 years might not be your registered father. I ended up just calling home and ask whoeva picked up first, my mother answered and the whole story telling begins. My mother had a Australian citizenship, while my father stayed in Aust with a expired BNO Visitor VISA. My father began to use fake alias to apply for driver License and to register as my father on my birth certificate. 3 years after I was born my parents married just before my mother had given birth to my sister. Then after my father received perment visa to stay in Aust using his original name Mr [Vincent KAY]. REGISTRY OFFICE believed this statement and changed my birth certificate name from (kbokusan LEE) changed to (kbokusan KAY) but not being able to change my registered fathers name, THis is why I grew up not knowing I had a name change and a differnet father name. So very long and complicated story.
1 year after the begining of my first intended application date, After showing all my parents original passports and and marriage certificates and other documents, my parents and immigraition have contacted many times by phone fax and email. Immigration (both CASE 1 and CASE 2) still decides I either do a DNA TEST requiring my father to come to Hong kong to do this $3000+HKD TEST at wan chai, or NO APPROVAL for right of abode. BASED on due to my birth certificate problem [ not able to prove the relation connection between MR [Jeffrey LEE] and my father MR [Vincent KAY].
april 2004 to june 2005- after over 1 year of time spent unable to do anything except for spending lots of money on living and CONTINOUS visa extensions at $135HKD each time, I've had 11 extensions approximately 1 extension per month. This was the result i was waiting for.
Anyways thats my grief story and 1 years spent on life in HONG KONG.
I eventually decided to marry my 4year relation girlfriend in hong kong, and apply for dependent visa as my wife as sponsor .
started the application 2 weeks ago, Hope everything works out.
I wish i found this forum earlier, I could of have saved myself lesser trouble
[P.S - names included in this post are not original and are altered for privacy and protection purpose.]