Residence Permit in Hong Kong
Residence Permit in Hong KongUpdated on Thursday 19th May 2016
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Immigrants in Hong Kong
A foreign national can obtain a residence permit in Hong Kong regardless of their nationality but only under certain circumstances. The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China has an Immigration Ordinance and also uses provisions of the Basic Law to regulate the manner in which foreigners may obtain permanent residence in Hong Kong or other types of visas.
If you are a foreign investor in Hong Kong or an employee who wants to work in the city, our law firm in Hong Kong can provide you with personalized assistance for obtaining the required visas or permits.
Permanent residence in Hong Kong
According to law, there are several categories of individuals who are allowed to become permanent residents in Hong Kong:
- Chinese nationals born in Hong Kong or those who have been living legally in the city for 7 years;
- Chinese nationals born outside of Hong Kong but one of their parents was a resident at the time of the birth;
- foreigners who have lived in Hong Kong for 7 years and for whom the city is the permanent place of residence;
- foreigners under the age of 21 who have a Hong Kong resident parent (however, after the age of 21 they must apply for a permit themselves);
- individuals with no right of abode anywhere else than Hong Kong.
A foreigner who is not a Chinese national applying for a permanent resident status in Hong Kong may need to comply with various other requirements, like providing proof that he or she has paid the taxes in Hong Kong during the time spent in the city. The Immigration Department is the authority in charge of all the applications for permanent residence. If you wish to apply for such a permit, our lawyers in Hong Kong can help you submit the required documents.
Other types of visas in Hong Kong
In general, any individual must obtain a visa before coming to Hong Kong for employment, training or study purposes. Employers in Hong Kong risk large fines if they fail to provide their employees with the appropriate work permits. The types of visas for expatriates in Hong Kong include:
- employment visa;
- study visa;
- training visa;
- visa for investment as entrepreneurs;
- dependant visa.
The representatives at our law firm in Hong Kong can give you more details about these types of visas as well as the fees for visas or applications for the extension of stay. You can contact our lawyers in Hong Kong if you have questions.