12-Month Work Visa Issued for "Single Journey"

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    12-Month Work Visa Issued for "Single Journey"

    On May 19, 2007 I arrived in HK from the USA planning on staying for 1-2 years for work (I was transferred from my company's US office to the HK office).

    About 4 weeks before I left the USA I applied for an employment visa through my company. Yesterday I picked up my visa (12-month employment visa) from the Immigration Dept and it says "Good for a Single journey to Hong Kong valid for presentation on or before 09-10-07 provided travel document is valid."

    I travel to Shenzhen at least once a week for business. Does this mean that I should present this visa when I come back across the border from Shenzhen to HK? If so, is my visa only valid for one entry (i.e. when I come back to HK after my 2nd trip to Shenzhen, will they let me enter on my employment visa or just the regular 90-day temporary stay visa?).

    Any help would be appreciate.

    thanks,

    Dave


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    Dave,

    On arrival, your passport will be marked "Allowed to stay till Date xxxxx". You can travel freely during that time.

    I think the single journey term is misleading. I think what they mean is the visa can be activated only once NOT you're only allowed to enter HK for one time and not leave.


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    The "single journey" refers to your initial arrival to HK for residence / work (i.e. visa activation). All HK employment visas say that. Once you're in HK, you will be required to apply for a Hong Kong ID card. Once you receive the card, you will use that as your immigration document when you return to Hong Kong (while your visa is valid). Thus, once your visa is activated and you have a Hong Kong ID, you will not receive any more Hong Kong immigration stamps in your passport until your employment visa expires.


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    many thanks for your prompt and informative responses.

    dave


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    Yes Dave!, that sticker was acutally for single entry, once you enter Hong Kong in the future you will be gratned your stay up to that limit already endorse on yoru passport .eg. if you entered Hong Kong on 5july 2007 then you were permitted to remain until 5th July 2008, so until that date i mean until 5th July 2008 you can enter Hong Kong as many times you wish. And even on Hong Kong side you can only use your Identity card to enter HOng KOng you are not require to ahve passport on the auto machinese unless you use a manual counter.


  6. #6

    hi guys...would really love your help.
    My parents came over to the UK from Hong Kong on a settlement visa ( good for a single journey to the United Kingdom).

    My parent also got a certificate of naturalisation and have got a british passport.

    I was born 2 months after they came over but at that time they didnt have the naturalisation. My brther was also born and had received his passport. I applied for a first passport just over a year ago but have been refused a passport.....
    I have provided the certificate of naturalisation of my parents
    their passports
    marriage certificate,
    my birth certificate
    the visa certificate thing.
    I cannot think of anythign else and why they are still refusing to give me it. I am a full time student studying for an economics degree and work and pay my taxes, I am a law obiding citizen and frankly deserve a british passport. I find it ironic hoy my four older sisters and older brother along with my parents have a british passport and yet, i was born here and i dont.

    Any suggestions on what i should do??

    Much appriciated...Anh =]


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    Hi

    I feel for you but think you may be asking this question in the wrong place, as the forum is for expats in Hong Kong.

    Suggest you try a UK immigration lawyer? It does seem a bit unfair that your whole family have British apart from you, but of course we don't know the full facts of your position.