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  1. #1

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    Potential Move to Hong Kong

    Hi All, First time I have used this so please be nice

    I have been offered a transfer with my company to head up our new APAC division based in Hong Kong, however I have a few questions if anyone can help.

    1) is 150k HKD a month a good salary, can I live pay bills ect on this, I have NO idea?
    2) Does me and my fiancee have to be actually married for her to get a working visa?
    3) Where is best to live for a small, 20mins ish, commute, enough expats, lively but not to hustle and bustle
    4) What is is actually like living in HK?

    I know some of these questions are mega broad but any help would be much appreciated!


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    1. Yes, you can live comfortably on that.
    2. Yes, you need to be married to bring her on a dependent visa. There are very few exceptions to this rule, mostly for gay couples.
    3. Somewhere quiet in mid-Levels probably, if your office is in Central
    4. Come and visit to get a place for the place. Some love it, others hate it.


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    You're clearly not real.


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    OP have you actually looked at any other threads on all the topics you're asking about?


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    1) If you dont spend like a fiend, you should be able to save a good chunk of it.
    2) Fiancee can get a working visa if fiancee can find a job and the employer is willing to sponsor. If you want fiancee to have dependent visa, you're gonna need change the status to spouse
    3) Different ppl like different neighborhoods. Many like Happy Valley.
    4) Its great. The people who dont like the place usually leave very quickly leaving us HK lovers here for long term stays. Come and try it. If you hate it, you can leave fairly easily and quickly.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Satay Sue:
    OP have you actually looked at any other threads on all the topics you're asking about?
    Clearly not!

    Here's hoping OP is not another finance professional that doesn't know how to research

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    You state that this is your first time posting and asked that people be nice so that implies to me that you've been reading GEO for a while. That being said, surely you know that $150K HKD is a lot of money to live on for most people. It makes me wonder if you are a troll. Have you not done any research? Or are you on here to brag about how much money you will be making?


    BTW - The Brit and Howard Coombs have provided good responses / advice to your queries.


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    Quote Originally Posted by easto:
    I have been offered a transfer with my company to head up our new APAC division based in Hong Kong, however I have a few questions if anyone can help.

    1) is 150k HKD a month a good salary, can I live pay bills ect on this, I have NO idea?
    -> You can pay bills (well depends on the bills of course). Do you have kids or it is only you and your fiance? if no kids, 150K will go a long way.
    2) Does me and my fiancee have to be actually married for her to get a working visa?
    -> not a working visa but a Dependant Visa. Yes, need to be married.
    3) Where is best to live for a small, 20mins ish, commute, enough expats, lively but not to hustle and bustle
    -> Where will you work? if we assume Central then the top of Mid Levels, Happy Valley (cab ride), upper part of Wanchai
    4) What is is actually like living in HK?
    -> It's what you make of it, so it depends on YOU and YOU only.
    See my replies in BOLD.

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    HK150k per month is not that unusual. Give him a break. Yes, its plenty unless you are used to a very lavish livestyle or want a big (more than 1500sq ft perhaps) place to live that is centrally located.


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    Many expats are on 150K or around. Nothing very surprising.


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