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Can a Hong Kong Sole Proprietorship Form the Basis of a Self-Sponsored Change of Sponsorship Hong Kong Work Visa Approval?

July 18th, 2022

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Can you get a self-sponsored change of sponsorship Hong Kong work visa? Fantastic question this which took me 10 minutes to think the answer through for!



As an expat, I currently work for a company that sponsored me in Hong Kong for my work visa

I now no longer want to work exclusively for the company but as a consultant. 

My wife has registered a business, a sole proprietorship in Hong Kong, to which I want to move my employment.

My former company will give my wife’s company a consulting contract. 

Can I transfer my work permit to a sole proprietorship? 

We also are looking to hire one person. 

Can a sole proprietor make hires in Hong Kong?  

Another wrinkle is that my wife’s visa is attached to my employment visa, what happens to her dependant visa if I change my sponsor?

Thank you

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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.

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