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Current employment visa will expire before extension with change of employment processed

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    Current employment visa will expire before extension with change of employment processed

    I'm hoping someone can help me..

    I changed jobs in HK recently so I need to apply for an extension of my employment visa with change of employment (which I have done, last week). My existing, current employment visa expires in a few weeks. It is likely that the visa extension with change of employment will not be processed by the time my current employment visa expires. Do I need to exit HK for a day and return as a visitor while the extension paperwork is being processed? Or can I go to Immigration Dept, explain my case and request a visitor visa? I don't want to have to pay to go to Macau if I don't have to as money is a bit tight at the moment. Does Immigration typically allow residents to remain in HK while paperwork is processed, or will I have to leave when my current visa expires and then come back once the paperwork is processed and I have my new sticker? I'm hoping this is not the case!!

    I know I am not allowed to work until the paperwork is processed.

    Thanks in advance!


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    Suggest you contact immigration. If paperwork is being processed they should be able to let you know what to do.

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    Yeah, like pin said, just have a chat with Immigration, they'll either rush it through, give you an extension or come to some other arrangement depending on how straightforward your application is, their workload, etc.


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    ok, thanks for the suggestions! I'll give them a call.


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    Immigration will sort it out - if your new employer has recently employed other people on Employment Visas then a transfer of sponsorship sometimes only takes 2-3 weeks. If you're thinking of staying here long term then you don't want to spend any time on a visitor visa since that would reset the PR clock.


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    From what I have seen if you have already applied for extension/transfer of visa, you don't have to exit the country, even if your current visa expires before new visa comes in, but, yes you can't work without visa.