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    We generally tell people not to say "looking for a job" if asked by ImmD the purpose of visit at the border. But this Stephen, he has this from the horse's mouth (ImmD)?


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    You can look, but do not touch a card board here, especially not in SheungShui area.


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    Sounds like you're enjoying Hong Kong! Good on you!


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    Hi Jared! are you still in HK?


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    Found more relevant information

    Quote Originally Posted by JaredHK:
    @Sanders
    Greetings from a Fellow Texan..also from Dallas

    Firstly you cannot look for work/ work here without a work visa. I have checked this with the HK Immigration recently and they have confirmed this. The officers urged us to report people who sought work with us with tourist visas. I don't think they enforce it but its best to be aware of this.

    Most landlords will ask you for a HKID or they will not rent you any premises.

    You might want to research your job prospects here thoroughly as it is not that easy to find work unless you speak Cantonese. Either way I wish you the best and hope to see you more active on the forums.
    Hi Jared, actually since i have been here, i have managed to secure employment and it is a VISITOR visa not a TOURIST visa. It is not illegal to look for work as long as I don't volunteer or actually get paid to work.. see below from Stephens website
    http://www.hongkongvisageeza.com/is-...-to-hong-kong/

    Is it Better to Apply for Your Visa Before or After You Move to Hong Kong?
    Posted May 1st, 2012 by The Visa Geeza. 2 Comments
    This is an important question!

    As a matter of fact there are some types of Hong Kong immigration status where the rules are very strict about where you have to be on the day your application is formally submitted.

    For example, if you are applying for permanent residency, then you MUST be physically in Hong Kong on the day you file your application.

    On the other hand, if you are making an application under the Admission of Mainland Talents and professionals scheme, then you HAVE TO be outside of Hong Kong when you submit your application paperwork to the Hong Kong ID.

    But, for the most part, it doesn’t really matter where you are when your application is lodged, at least not from the perspective of approvability or whether the Immigration Department will look MORE or LESS favourably on your case.

    If you decide to come to Hong Kong and apply whilst you’re here, there is an advantage if you are a ‘90 day national’. By this I mean, your nationality is granted a 90 day visitor visa upon arrival in Hong Kong (or, if you’re British you even get double this).

    You see, as the HKID typically need 7-8 weeks to finalise a residence visa application, the 90 days you get as a visitor will see you through the entire process so it is a relatively easy experience sitting out the time it takes for you to receive the result of your application. No sweat.

    On the other hand if you are a 7, 14 or even 30 day national and have filed for your residence visa whilst you find yourself in Hong Kong, the Immigration Department will not grant you any special treatment if you apply to extend your visitor visa whilst you seek to wait out the time to case finalisation.

    So, in this case, you’re going to have to do the Shenzhen Shuttle to get a defacto extension to your limit of stay as a visitor – and each time you run the gauntlet of a possible refusal of entry – not a particularly pleasant experience.

    No matter what nationality you are or how long the visitor visa permissions you get, if you have applied in Hong Kong, especially if you’re trying to get an employment visa, it is absolutely vital that you stick closely to the conditions of your visitor status. Do not be tempted to start working for your future employer as that will be unlawful if your visa is not yet approved.

    There is ‘Catch 22’ though, if you are applying for a business investment visa, which I discuss in detail elsewhere in this Blog (and also in the Hong Kong Visa Handbook) so I recommend you check out those resources too before you make a decision about the best way start your application.

    In any event, if your visa is approved, the way you activate your new status is to receive a visa label from the HKID, leave (if you’re here as a visitor – and you can go to Macau or China, it doesn’t matter – the key is to terminate your visitor status as you go) and then enter Hong Kong with your new visa label affixed inside your passport. This will then activate your new visa and start your period of stay as a resident.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gordonsanders:
    No matter what nationality you are or how long the visitor visa permissions you get, if you have applied in Hong Kong, especially if you’re trying to get an employment visa, it is absolutely vital that you stick closely to the conditions of your visitor status.
    Indeed - amongst which conditions are that you may not "reside" in Hong Kong.

    You were illegal. You got away with it. I wouldn't gloat about it if I were you, especially if Gordon Sanders is your real name! ImmD giveth and ImmD can take away!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo:
    You can't 'reside' here whilst on a tourist visa, Which I assume you were doing for the past year.
    Anyway congratulations on finally making it.
    "reside" is such a wishy-washy word. I was able to rent a room in flatshare at 4K per month in North Point providing my Passport. Went to china on student visa, then macao, then china again after getting multi entry visa.

    As far as a PERMANENT address.... always use parents. Everyone has someone in another country they can use to get mail.

    Any reason why you tend to see the dark side of this issue? I hope I am seeing it wrongly though

    AND IT ISNT A TOURIST VISA!!!!!! it is a Visitor Visa!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gruntfuttock:
    Indeed - amongst which conditions are that you may not "reside" in Hong Kong.

    You were illegal. You got away with it. I wouldn't gloat about it if I were you, especially if Gordon Sanders is your real name! ImmD giveth and ImmD can take away!
    I am not gloating at all, and i hope it never came off that way. I was here as a visitor ... made trips to Singapore as a visitor, came back. There was no abuse of any privilege.

    And the best things is through my activities of paddling DragonBoat, Hiking, Networking, etc... i met the right people to put me in a job. I couldn't have done that staying in the States.

    As they say, most people hire people they know, regardless of experience. But they have to know you first. I wish you the best in chasing your dreams.

    And yes it is my real name... easily googleable.

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    Reside is where you are situated or live... you permanently reside may be elsewhere but what the guidelines are hinting is you can not live here.

    I doubt immi would class a flat share as a visitors accommodation but on the other hand before I got my dependants visa my then gf and I were going to live in HK. This would have been similar to your situation so...welcome to Geo.

    Never ended up staying as we had a wedding to plan in the end after getting sprung for a shiny thing.


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    Hey Congrats! I just sent you a PM

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