Can I Easily Return To (and Then Remain In) Hong Kong as a Visitor Once My Current Employment Visa Has Expired?
Posted in Employment Visas, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered /
First Published September 3, 2013
Sometimes, people find themselves in a state of ‘administrative flux’ as one employment visa ends and the circumstances for a new employment visa have not yet, for one reason or another, materialised. The question is, however, can you easily return to / be in Hong Kong as a visitor whilst these wrinkles get ironed out over time?
I have been living and working in Hong Kong for the past three years on a valid employment visa which has expired yesterday (2/9/2013).
I finished my employment earlier in the month (I am not continuing with them) and went to Canada for a holiday.
I returned to Hong Kong last night (2nd), hoping to enter on a visitor visa, however I arrived in HK at 10:00 pm they said I could only enter under my employment visa (as it was still valid for another 2 hours).
Therefore this morning, at Immigration Tower I was told I was a technical overstayer (by one day) and they have gave me another 2 days to exit Hong Kong which I plan to do tomorrow via Macau and stay for one night.
On my return on Friday I hope to be given a 3 month visitor visa.
My questions to you are:
(1) Do you think they will allow me to come back in once I have left?
(2) Do you have any advice on what I should say to the admissions officer?
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