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Is it True that Getting Your First Hong Kong Employment Visa is the Hardest then Afterwards It’s a Cinch to Swap Over to Any Other Employer?

January 4th, 2022

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Is there are truth at all in this Hong Kong employment visa “proposition”?



I am a French national who has just moved to Hong Kong.

I am finding it very difficult to understand the visa process in Hong Kong.

My friend passed me your contact saying that you will surely be able to help me. 

I would like to ask you the questions below, hoping that you can provide me a brief answer and explanation.

Is it possible to transfer a Hong Kong employment visa visa from one employer to another?

Why was I told by an employer that if I already had a working visa they would be willing to sponsor me otherwise they could not.

What is the difference between the first visa application and the others? 

To explain myself better i will make you an example:

Just yesterday I sat an interview and I was asked about a visa. I made clear that I needed a sponsor and the interviewer said that he was not able to provide sponsorship, however, he said that if I managed to get a Hong Kong employment visa he could transfer it over.

Is it possible?




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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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