Rep office working visa and Invest. visa both granted

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    well, on ImmD website they state "contribution to HK economy"
    but when talking and checking around forums and with immigration agents, you realize Hiring locals is the main component of that.

    If you can seriously show that your job will create jobs and strongly back up that with documents ( ImmiD is all about documents...) it may be fine. the easiest thing to confirm it is to write or call immigration or invest Hk which are very helpful in those matters.


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    The situation is that I have a former client in the UK who is very keen to expand over here, but not in a position to employ me. They would want me to work as an agent for them - try to set up the deal, and pay me a fee on success. If successful they would then set up a business over here that would employ numerous locals and be a significant investment. The nature of what they do is very specialised and needs a detailed understanding in order to "sell" the idea to potential JV partners, hence why they couldn't just use an existing agent here. I've worked with them for a number of years so have this knowledge. I could certainly get an instruction in writing from them, and in a business plan would show that I'd also target other clients.

    What do you think? I guess wouldn't really know until I'd tried!


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    that's tough.
    if u go for investment visa, you will have to explain in details how the business works ( business plan), and what benefits HK will get from you working there.
    if u can get tyour former uk client to contract with the company you will create for the Investment visa, it is already a good thing. However, i strongly advise you to get others contracts or letter of intention before sending your visa application.
    You have to show how serious you are and how this business can be successful.
    you shall contact InvestHK and get a chat with them. they are helpful people on those matters.

    cheers

    Matt


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    Thanks for the advice Matt.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthN
    you can find 6 months contract at 2000HKD a month.
    Where did you find this office?

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    "... it is important coz you need to show Immigration that the person who apply for visa is the key person of the company."

    This is not exactly accurate. The real issue as I understand it is why this person should be in the role versus hiring local. I think you are misstating this somewhat. HK Immigration don't dispute there are many, many qualified people around the world, the case to get an individual granted a work investment visa includes proving that this person's special skills cannot be found in a local person. This is more than a simple distinction without a difference. Again this is just one of the cornerstones they use to evaluate an application.

    As PDLM says, it gives the person one year and then you apply for an extension and that means progress against the business plan.

    The danger of course is that we all post what we think is helpful including my narrow post here which excludes a lot of the foundation criteria on which they evaluate the application.


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    Hi Alfeno

    found the office on internet. the company is Maui and they own an other one called Solo Office. you can bargain the rates. however, for the cheapest price, you will get a very small room with one table and one chair, and no windows...


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    Football 16
    we are talking about an investment visa and not a standard working visa.
    for me the difference is as follow :
    working visa : the company has to justify why it should hire a foreigner instead of a local for the job
    Investment visa : you create your own company so you are the main staff of that company, and ImmD, to grant u residency is looking if that can contribute to HK economy and create local jobs

    The most accurate source of information remains Immigration website and check list of course


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    Quote Originally Posted by MatthN
    Football 16
    we are talking about an investment visa and not a standard working visa.
    for me the difference is as follow :
    working visa : the company has to justify why it should hire a foreigner instead of a local for the job
    Investment visa : you create your own company so you are the main staff of that company, and ImmD, to grant u residency is looking if that can contribute to HK economy and create local jobs

    The most accurate source of information remains Immigration website and check list of course
    Absolutely, the Immigration website is the best.

    You can always set up a company in HK but the work investment visa application is a separate process.

    However, just to be very clear that is exactly what I have done with some HK local business partners - set up a business and then as I am not a local, I then applied for the working investment visa which is not a slam dunk. The company of which I am owner still had to justify why I should be the CEO and work in the company despite me being one of the owners and at right now I am in the process of applying for an extension.

    You are missing something if you think just because you are an owner of a company, you get a work investment visa as everyone without an employment offer who wanted to come here would do the same thing. It is not about you being the key person in the company either- it is about the special skills you personally bring that cannot be found in a local person. If all you have to do is prove you are the key person you can say that and say you will hire a secretary but it is far as you note yourself. I am simply saying that the person getting the work investment visa is a bit trickier than your posts imply. People going down that path need to understand this or it will could cost them a lot of money and time and without the desired result.

    Now it will be a slam dunk I am sure if you are the principal and one year later you have met all your business objectives and have hired lots of local staff members.

    The reason I am posting this clarification is not to be argumentative but to ensure that those who think they can just set up a company with themselves as the key principal - it is not all that simple. The cornerstones of a work investment visa must all be met and you must meet them all.

    I have met a number of folks who have over simplified this and sadly they got screwed and I know of some who have simply left.

    Remember that in one year's time you are applying for an extension.
    Last edited by Football16; 10-10-2009 at 06:56 PM.

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    Just to be clear, ImmD defines "Investment Visa" and "Employment as a Professional". ("Work investment visa" is undefined) You mean the former I assume?


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