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How Can I Best Manage the Hong Kong Work Visa Implications of Changing Employers When I Have Just a Few Weeks Remaining On My Current Limit of Stay?

December 13th, 2021

Posted in Employment Visas, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Your Question Answered /


Hate your job and seeking a change? How is your Hong Kong work visa affected if it will be expiring soon?


I am working for a company and I really have had enough and want to change jobs.

The reasoning being is the work I signed up for is not the job I am doing now (too much travel plus I hate the role).

I have started interviews with other companies and I estimate it will take 2-3 months to find something else.

Another problem is because of the travel I need to undertake for my current employer makes it hard to confirm interviews dates and times as I have to travel at short notice.

My current Hong Kong work visa runs out in early November this year.

My main questions are:

(1) If I left my present employer now, what is an acceptable time frame to the Hong Kong Immigration Department to allow me to find another job?

(2) What are the processes I need to follow to stay within in the law and not end up with a black mark against my name?

(3) Also what happens if I have not found a role when my current Hong Kong work visa expires?

All other advice greatly received.

Thank you for this service

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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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