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If I Have Spent Less Than 180 Days in Hong Kong During the Last Three Years Will it Affect My Application for the Right of Abode?

April 27th, 2023

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What happens if you work for a Hong Kong company but are stationed the majority of your time outside of Hong Kong?

Less than 180 days in Hong Kong during the last three years – impact on PR eligibility? The answer may be somewhat different from what might you expect, especially given the challenges Covid19 had on folks’ ability to spend time in Hong Kong under their residence visas.


I studied in Hong Kong for 4 years, and when I graduated, I got an offer from a Hong Kong company.

However, my assignment is in mainland China.

For the remaining 3 years, I stayed in mainland China most of time (which means my stay in Hong Kong is less than 180 days in the remaining 3 years).

Will it affect my application for Hong Kong PR?

Thanks for your help in advance!

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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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