Tuition fees for Hong hong University (for dependant visa holder)
I'm Holding a dependant visa sponsored by my spouse (local HKPRID CARD HOLDER). So I'm allowed both to work and study freely.
I have been in hk working and paying my taxes jointly with partner for the last 4 years.
The next academic year I'm planning to take some courses in hong kong uni. I was checking how much are the tuition fess, found out that Unis apply different tuition for local and non-local, so I checked what uni considers local/non-local, much to my surprise, I found out that I was considered a non-local and have to pay international student fees, here a link from CITYU explaining more:
Student fees for local apply to those below among others:
-Document of Identity / One-way permit for entry to Hong Kong
-Dependant visa / entry permit (for students who were below 18 years old when they were issued with such visa / entry permit by the Director of Immigration)
-Full-time employment visa / work permit (for part-time study)
-Visa / entry permit for Quality Migrant Admission Scheme
-Visa / entry permit for Capital Investment Entrant Scheme
So me, who is married to a local/working/paying taxes are considered
non-local and the full time employment visa holder, quality migrant, capital investment is considered local?!
So I see it this way, the only way for me to be considered a local and pay only as much a local for uni is to switch from dependant visa to employement visa,then from there I will be considered a local by Universities here. And its confusing are employement visa holder even aloowed to study and work simultaneously when holding and employment visa?!!!!
Have anyone went through similar situation!?
please advice how did you approach it.