I am graduating this semester (Mid December) and have landed a graduate role in the finance industry in HK. I'm suppose to start mid-late February but the work visa requires me to have my graduate certificate ready which I won't receive till late Feb-early March next year. I am a New Zealand citizen so not sure if that will help at all.
The issue is:
1. Assuming I submit the work visa once I receive my graduation certificate, it will still need 2-3 months apparently due to the slowed down work process which means I won't be able to be in HK till near mid 2021 (a 4-5 month delay from my original start date)
2. As a graduate, there will be a lot of back and fourth between the visa office and my firm (maybe me too) about why they can't find an individual in HK and what skills I possess that deserves this work visa.
The firm has expressed, I could apply for a working holiday visa first so that I can get there first and work with them and sort out my work visa while I am in HK.
My worry right now is if I apply for a working holiday visa and then apply/convert to a work visa, will this look bad for me in the eyes of the visa officer determining my application or will it not matter much?
Any advice will be great! I'm really worried I won't be able to secure my visa and forgo this role