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Will the Hong Kong Immigration Department Tell You Why a Visitor Visa Application Has Been Refused?

February 28th, 2018

Posted in Refusals & Appeals, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza, Visitor Visas, Your Question Answered /


Will the Hong Kong Immigration Department ever tell you why a Visitor Visa application has been refused?


One of the more frustrating aspects of dealing with the Hong Kong Immigration Department is the almost total lack of visibility on why applications get refused. No more so when it relates to a ‘limited purpose’ application for a visa to visit Hong Kong.



I applied for my customer a visitor visa who is a Pakistani passport holder, which has been refused. How do I obtain information or minutes, reason etc from Hong Kong Immigration. I understand there is a way we can ask them, if it could be advised.

Thanks with appreciation. 

Laws and Statutory Instruments Referenced in the PodCast Answer

[Hong Kong Personal Data (Privacy) Ordinance]

[Code on Access to Information]

[Guidelines on the Application of Code on Access to Information Relating to Immigration Cases]

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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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