Is the Travel Pass as Good as a Hong Kong Employment Visa?
Posted in Hadley Says…, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Visitor Visas /
The Travel Pass is designed for frequent visitors to Hong Kong who have a current, pre-existing employment outside of the HKSAR that is going to continue in the future.
Moreover, The Travel Pass requires that your frequent visits here will be of benefit to Hong Kong.
You also need the support of a local contact who can vouch for your bona fides.
Essentially, then, if you can satisfy these three key elements it is reasonable to expect approval.
Of course, in order to get out of the starting gate, you need to have made three trips to Hong Kong in the 12 months immediately prior to submission of your Travel Pass application and you have to be a citizen of a country that is provided with visa-upon-arrival privileges.
It takes 4-6 weeks to finalise a Travel Pass application and, if successful, your prize is quick and easy clearance through immigration each time you arrive, a 2 month limit of stay granted ‘no questions asked’ and get three years of trouble-free to-ing and fro-ing between Hong Kong and your current country of residence (or any third country for that matter).
But it is NOT a visa to live in Hong Kong and so you cannot transfer your employment here on the strength of your Travel Pass, cannot get a Hong Kong ID Card, cannot sponsor your family for dependant visas nor employ a foreign domestic helper.
So, for those of you who are looking for pseudo-residence permissions in Hong Kong it’s close, but no cigar!
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