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Will Extended Time Spent in Hong Kong as a Visitor Between Employment Visas Negatively Impact Any Future Application I Make to Work Here Again?

April 17th, 2022

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First Published October 4, 2017

What do ImmD make of foreign nationals who hold an employment visa for a period of time, then remain here as Visitors again for a protracted time, then apply once again for an employment visa?


I was previously employed in Hong for a number of years, but have been not been working here for the past 2 years, so have had to make multiple re-entries into Hong Kong as a Visitor (consecutive re-entries over a span of 2 years). 

Hong Kong Immigration has never rejected my re-entry as a visitor into Hong Kong, nor have I over-stayed any visits. 

I have family ties in Hong Kong, and would like to remain here. 

I also have financial/bank accounts in Hong Kong. 

I was wondering if I were to get sponsored by an employer to work in Hong Kong again, would Immigration look at my work visa application unfavourably as a result of my previous years as a “visitor”?

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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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