Hi, I hope anybody can help me with this rather tricky situation:
I'm currently working in the UK for a UK company, with all the work being done online.
I'm hoping to move to HK in February and will be getting married there in June to my girlfriend, who is a permanent resident. I know that sorts me out for a dependent visa after the marriage, but here's the tricky bit:
As I work purely online, I can keep my current UK employment when I move to HK in February. I was going to stay on a tourist visa until the wedding and "secretly" work online, but it recently occured to me that I may run into some tax problems.
When I leave the UK I will be classed as living abroad and the UK taxman won't touch my money. I am then meant to contact the HK tax authorities to arrange payment of HK income tax - but I obviously don't want that to happen until I have something other than a tourist visa. And I fear that period of 'nothing' between February and the June wedding may land be in trouble with both HK tax and immigration people.
Is there a way my small UK employer could get me a visa allowing me to work from HK during that period? Or would I be better off not declaring myself moved out of the UK until after my marriage?
Any input would be much appreciated!