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Should You Ever Get Married Just for Hong Kong Visa Purposes?

February 28th, 2022

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


The answer is no – you should never get married just for Hong Kong visa purposes!

But if you are in a genuine, long-standing, loving committed relationship and potentially forced apart due to an unexpected, or involuntary relocation to Hong Kong for work purposes and marriage was an inevitability anyway, then…


I am a New Zealand national. I have just accepted a role in Hong Kong. My employer is about to begin my visa paperwork to sponsor me.

However, my girlfriend is Australian and I want her to come with me and ideally also be able to work.

We are both 30 almost 31.

One option is a shot gun marriage here in New Zealand. However, I was wondering what the policy is on her coming to Hong Kong on a tourist/holiday visa and once in HK with me us getting married there?

Is that possible and if so once it has been performed can I get her added onto my Visa as a spouse easily enough?

Any advice is greatly received.

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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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