ROA - I believe your child does not quality for RoA & Chinese nationality, but I concur with qhank that you should submit an application just to confirm. As I said before, you can submit in HK or in the UK via the Chinese embassy since this is going to take a while.
Naturalisation - the officer is correct as one needs RoA first. The whole naturalisation process is subject to the discretion of the Immigration Dept so it is not something you can challenge.
Dependent visa - officer is wrong / you need to reframe your situation differently. In lieu of a job, the sponsor only needs some savings. It was like HKD100K years ago but probably a bit more now. As for accommodation, you can ask a family or relative in HK to write a letter saying they will provide accommodation for the child here.
I will visit the immigration tower again to check about the dependent visa; the staff told me that because I am not living in Hong Kong, I cannot sponsor anyone as dependents until I get a job in Hong Kong or lease a place, I will ask again to see whether savings would be sufficient.
If we do end up having to go down the 7 year path, when does the 7 year residency actually starts? Is it on the day of visa approval or the day when you first arrive in Hong Kong after obtaining the visa? Based on my research it's important to make sure to always renew the visa on time and not allow it to lapse + never leave Hong Kong for over 6 months at a time, anything else I am missing?
I think I am getting ahead of myself, let's see what happens once I lodge the ROA application for my child and go from there.
The 7-year residency starts the day you enters HK on the visa.
Re: naturalisation, not sure why you are so keen or do you mean just getting RoA. If you really mean getting Chinese nationality and HKSAR passport, there is an issue regarding your child's case. Naturalisation, when approves, requires one to renounce all other nationalities. However, British citizenship can only be renounced after 18 years of age, so your child will still need to wait till then even after getting RoA.
whats of the point of a residency visa for the child if the child is not going to reside in hong kong?
Turns out my child doesn't have British citizenship as the British passport application was rejected (long story, the child wasn't born in the UK), so there might be a possibility of getting through the naturalisation process as a child if it comes down to that.
Last edited by skyearth; 21-08-2023 at 09:51 PM.