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    Quote Originally Posted by tink29:
    No not yet.....I haven't left Vietnam yet!! I've been told that it's best to get there and find a job when I arrive and then sort out the Visa?
    What passport do you hold? If you're Vietnamese then you need a major rethink because Vietnamese cannot get employment visas here.

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    Oh.. here we go...


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    Quote Originally Posted by tink29:
    Ok thanks......yeah i'm sure I'll manage when I get there and I don't have any qualms about living in a high rise as I'm sure it will be a new and exciting experience....for a while anyway, however I just wanted to see what the options were!!! But I think you're right - best to suss it out on arrival. I'll keep my eyes peeled. A couple more questions - which part of the city do you recommend to stay in on arrival - I'm talking youth hostels with good access to the city centre? Also, what's the job market like for expats? Is it relatively easy to find work or hugely competitive? I have experience in English teaching, nannying and sales/administration. I'll need to get a job fairly lively as I don't expect my budget to stretch for very long!!!
    There are official (as in YHA) youth hostels and then there are general hostels, such as Yes-Inn.

    The job market depends on the job you are going for and your experience in that field. It can also depend on whether you need sponsor of an employment visa, i.e. if you are not a Hong Kong permanent resident you will need an employment visa. Not all employers are willing to sponsor said visas so you will be discounted on that score. Basically, employers need to show ImmD that you have a skill not readily available in Hong Kong among its permanent residents.

    English teaching - plenty of tutor mills here, as well as excellent English centres. The latter will require teaching/English qualifications and experience, for the most part. The former will likely rip you off.

    Nannying - we have Foreign Domestic Helpers (FHDs) here who are imported labour from Thailand, Philippines, Indonesia, etc. to take care of a family's kiddies. Full-time nannies, e.g. Norland, will be properly qualified.

    Sales/administration - the overwhelming majority of companies in Hong Kong are Chinese-owned. Even multi-nationals will probably require Chinese language skills in addition to English. These positions may be on the lowered end of the salary scale and might not meet the requirements of employment visa sponsorship.

    What special skills can you bring to Hong Kong so we can steer you in the right direct?
    Last edited by Claire ex-ax; 02-09-2013 at 11:05 AM.

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    Haha I think I'll be alright, my passport is registered under 'Her Majesty' the Queen of England!!!


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    Incoming lecture about you're an illegal immigrant since you can't legally reside here without a valid visa blah blah blah.

    So prepare yourself tink!


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    Quote Originally Posted by tink29:
    Haha I think I'll be alright, my passport is registered under 'Her Majesty' the Queen of England!!!
    Interesting - I've not come across an English passport before...

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    Quote Originally Posted by tink29:
    Haha I think I'll be alright, my passport is registered under 'Her Majesty' the Queen of England!!!
    While the Queen may have helped you pre-97 when you didnt need a work visa, post 97 you have to bow down to CCCP and accept their rules that your red colored pport needs a proper visa just like most other nationalities.

    See point #4 from here : http://www.immd.gov.hk/en/services/h...ry-permit.html

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    Thank you Howard and I am aware of the Visa situation......but that was not the question that Gruntfuttock asked!! The question was - what kind of passport do I hold? Why you ask? In order to determine the possibilities of being granted work in HK! :P


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    Cheers Claire..............uuurhhh depends what you mean by 'special skills' but I have the necessary qualifications and experience to teach English so I don't think that will be a problem. I also have relevant nannying experience and have registered with a website for hiring expat-English speaking nannies so I may get something through that. The Admin thing is probably going to be more tricky as I can't speak Cantonese so unless it's a 100% foreign company who does not require Cantonese then I'm screwed. I used to do account management back home a couple or years ago but I'm don't mind really what I'm doing as long as it gets me by and I enjoy it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by tink29:
    Salary.......anything that will get me by, there's no point living there if I'm going to be struggling for cash every month but obviously the higher the salary the better.
    Well you said it yourself... there is really no point in you living here if you're going to be struggling for cash every month. I have years of experience teaching English, a masters in language, came here with a visa, and have found "well paying" jobs with post-secondary education institutions.... and yet I could just very well forget about going out on my own.

    So you'd be better off in Vietnam than HK if you don't want to struggle with cash! But given that you seem comfortable with living in a hostel for some time, perhaps you have different ideas of how much cash is necessary...
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