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changing visa's while in HK...

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  1. #1

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    changing visa's while in HK...

    Hi all,

    My fiancee and I are moving to HK in July as I've been offered a job out there. With exams looming at the end of June, along with other preparations, it's come at a really awkward time for my fiancee to apply for work before leaving.

    So, a couple of questions:

    1 - Can she apply for work and transfer her visa while living in HK?
    2 - Does she require an extended visa or can she stay up to 6 months on her British Passport?
    3 - Can we marry in HK and transfer her status to dependent?
    4 - Do you think it would be better to get married before we go?

    thanks all!
    Very excited to getting out there!


  2. #2

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    1. If you are married then to her, she can apply as a dependent. Unfortunately no real way around that. But I imagine she could also apply for employment visa as well in her own right, if you don't want to marry yet.

    2. If she's British, yes 6 months typically allowed as a visitor. If she wants to stay longer she will have to apply for an extension of stay or do a "visa run", which may have risks involved, unless she can get a visa to live there.

    3. Yes, this seems to be a common story here on Geoexpat.

    4. Probably, but doesn't appear to be ultimately necessary.

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  3. #3

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    thanks mate, you're a proper guru! I think everything you've posted that I've read so far has been useful!

    another Q: Can she apply for work while living with me in HK?

    I think we'll try and do that, if possible, and if it's looking ropey get married after a few months.. .

    Also, will there be any problems on arrival with her 'open-return' flight?

    Thanks again!


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    She cannot legally live with you in Hong Kong without a visa. Whilst on a Visitor Visa she must, in principle, have her primary home somewhere else.

    Yes, in practice (even if legally it's a bit of a grey area), she can come on a visitor visa and look for work that would enable her to be sponsored for an Employment Visa in her own right. Remember: no free health care whilst doing this, so make sure you have travel insurance which covers you for extended trips like that (most don't).

    In practice, I have never heard of anyone with a British passport entering on a visitor visa being asked to show a return ticket. And certainly and open-dated return ticket would be fine.


  5. #5

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    If you decide to get married do it in hk! faster and cheaper !