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Hong Kong Investment Visa Wrongly Applied For – Clearing Up the Confusion & Getting the Correct Employment Visa Instead

July 6th, 2012

Posted in Case Study, Employment Visas, Family Visas, Investment Visas, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Visitor Visas /


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This case study looks at the problems which arise when an applicant for a Hong Kong employment visa mistakenly applies for an investment visa in light of the fact he is an intercompany transferee establishing his employer’s business operations in Hong Kong from scratch. The applicant, a 14 day Visitor visa national from the Ukraine, found himself (and also his family) in a whole array of grief before we were able to sort out the resulting confusion, going on to get their residence visas approved after we received our instructions very late in the day.

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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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