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    Im Lost but want to move to HK permanently

    Hey guys never been on a forum site before let alone one for moving abroad.
    I am a UK citizen and my wife has a HKSAR passport. we want to move to Hong Kong Permanently however i have become confused looking at the HK Gov website, i know i have a 180 day visa/free visit on landing but if im looking to stay permanently do i need to do anything before i land in HK or am i able to things when i am in HK, i will not want to keep flying back and forth so would appreciate any step-by-step guide for what i need to do in order to get right of abode in HK, her parents have a flat for us and are happy to support us throughout.
    Kyle


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    You need first to apply for a Dependant Visa with your wife as your sponsor; this gives you the right to live and work (or study) freely in Hong Kong. Then you need to move to Hong Kong and keep it as your primary residence for a continuous period of 7 years; the 7 years only starts when you enter HK with your Dependant Visa - time on a visitor visa doesn't count. Then you can apply for Permanent Residence in your own right.

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    You don't have to apply for the dependency visa before you come. You can come right away on your tourist visa. Let your wife get a job then apply for the dependent visa while you're here, or have over 100000HKD in the bank, less than £10k, (that's how I did it). When the visa comes through you'll have to skip over to Macau and back to activate it, then the 7 year bit as PDLM said.

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    Thankyou both for taking the time to reply,

    Does my wife have to work in order to get the Visa because her parents have said that they want to fund everything for usand would put the Hong Kong flat in our name.

    For the first year they wouldnt want us to work as they would prefer to spend time with us as a young family.
    Kyle


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    Your wife just signs the forms as supporting you. We applied previously from abroad without a job in HK or a HK flat in our name. Visa was approved with no problems.


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    My wife wasn't working as we had a new baby and she is a stay at home Mum! We just proved we had enough cash to support ourselves, well, that she had enough cash to support me, lol! Anyway, about £8k in our bank account and an ATM slip and that was it!! They are really only concerned whether you have the means to support yourself... As seen above, often they don't ask for anything, I was just randomly checked! If your wifes family is behind you you're not going to have any problems!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by baumber_k:
    Thankyou both for taking the time to reply,

    Does my wife have to work in order to get the Visa because her parents have said that they want to fund everything for usand would put the Hong Kong flat in our name.

    For the first year they wouldnt want us to work as they would prefer to spend time with us as a young family.
    Kyle
    Do they want to adopt a 53 year old and his family? They could just put money into her bank account to show she is capable of supporting you. That together with a flat in her name would be more than sufficient I would have thought.

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    Just know what you are getting into. How traditional is your wife and your lifestyle in the UK? Are you ready to be thrust into a "local Chinese" family - because if you take up their offer and get their support, you will be bound to them in a way you might not realise. If you know all that and are ready, then fine, but if you are a "traditional brit" you might find it abit stiffling!


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    Quote Originally Posted by MovingIn07:
    if you are a "traditional brit" you might find it a bit stifling!
    I nominate this for "Understatement of the Day".

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    Quote Originally Posted by baumber_k:
    For the first year they wouldnt want us to work as they would prefer to spend time with us as a young family.
    Run away!!

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