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Old Aug 31st 2004, 3:15 pm
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Question sponsorship process...

Is their anything we can do, except for the usual cover letter and CV, or a process we (or companies) have to follow that may help us gain sponsorship from a company to live and work in Hong Kong? We are hoping to move in April.

And do we have to gain sponsorship before we apply for our visa's or can we apply and are then given a certain amount of time to find work before we enter Hong Kong?

It would be good to hear from others who've gone through the process.

Thanks in advance.
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Old Sep 4th 2004, 1:46 am
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Originally Posted by hk_explorers
Is their anything we can do, except for the usual cover letter and CV, or a process we (or companies) have to follow that may help us gain sponsorship from a company to live and work in Hong Kong? We are hoping to move in April.

And do we have to gain sponsorship before we apply for our visa's or can we apply and are then given a certain amount of time to find work before we enter Hong Kong?

It would be good to hear from others who've gone through the process.

Thanks in advance.
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I'm not an immigration expert by any means, but I'll tell you all I know about the process.

A couple of friends have gone through this recently, apparently you can not apply for a Work Permit as an individual, the application can only come from an established company (unless you are going to establish your own company?).

Anyway, well established firms don't seem to have many problems getting Work Permits, but they still have to justify to the Immigration Dept. why they need an expat and not a local. Sometimes Immigration ask for accounting documents from the company, if they are a small operation for example.

There are several Immigration Specialist Law Firms here which you can find in the Classified bit of the South China Morning Post, they could obviously give proper advice.

Of course there is nothing stopping you from coming here and entering as a tourist (as a British citizen you will be given 6 months entry), and then you could go networking and seek a company willing to employ you, many have done this and it has worked!

Hong Kong is truely a wonderful place, and with all the low taxation and relatively high salaries its a great place to 'stash the cash' and enjoy some fantastic Chinese culture.

May I ask why you are attracted to Hong Kong?

Good luck! and please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anymore assistance.

Cheers.
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Old Sep 5th 2004, 1:53 pm
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Originally Posted by paddythepilot
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I'm not an immigration expert by any means, but I'll tell you all I know about the process.

A couple of friends have gone through this recently, apparently you can not apply for a Work Permit as an individual, the application can only come from an established company (unless you are going to establish your own company?).

Anyway, well established firms don't seem to have many problems getting Work Permits, but they still have to justify to the Immigration Dept. why they need an expat and not a local. Sometimes Immigration ask for accounting documents from the company, if they are a small operation for example.

There are several Immigration Specialist Law Firms here which you can find in the Classified bit of the South China Morning Post, they could obviously give proper advice.

Of course there is nothing stopping you from coming here and entering as a tourist (as a British citizen you will be given 6 months entry), and then you could go networking and seek a company willing to employ you, many have done this and it has worked!

Hong Kong is truely a wonderful place, and with all the low taxation and relatively high salaries its a great place to 'stash the cash' and enjoy some fantastic Chinese culture.

May I ask why you are attracted to Hong Kong?

Good luck! and please do not hesitate to contact me if you need anymore assistance.

Cheers.
Hi Paddy,

Cheers for the response. It's good to hear someone say getting work there is possible!

As for why we want to come to HK, Asia has always held some mystery for us and the fact that HK has probably got better employment prospects for the both of us seemed to be the best option despite not being like any other part of Asia (although other Asian cities are certainly catching up very quickly). It is also a great doorway to visit other parts of Asia for short breaks. Also, my girlfired has some friends there which is always a great help for basing ourselves while we find the flat, etc. without having to rush into renting a dump, of which there are plenty of in HK.

My girlfriend's sister lived there for a while back in the easy days and so visited a couple of times. She loved it instantly. We both went (my first visit) for two weeks at the beginning of this year for a long holiday but also to scout out whether we would both like to live there. And we are both in agreement that it would definately be a great place for a couple of years to "stash cash", have fun, enjoy a totally different but welcoming culture, and use it as a convenient gateway to other parts of Asia.

We have our hearts set on it, but the immigration laws these days may make it difficult. My girlfriend has a list of engineering and environmental company's she will apply for (she is an environmental consultant for an engineering firm). We're assuming she shouldnt have too much difficulty in her profession?

I'm working for myself in the uk as a web communications consultant, my background is web design. I'm assuming I will have more difficulty finding sponsorship due to my profession but have a small list of company's to apply for as well.

Other than that all we are really doing is hoping we are successfull. We want to start sending CV's and covering letters out in November and notify people we will be in Hong Kong in January for a week for interviews (if this is a good way to go about it?) and hopefully they will see us. Our aim is to arrive for good in April...

Do you mind me asking how you've found it? How long have you been out there?

Cheers,
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Old Sep 7th 2004, 5:41 am
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Hi Paddy,

Cheers for the response. It's good to hear someone say getting work there is possible!

As for why we want to come to HK, Asia has always held some mystery for us and the fact that HK has probably got better employment prospects for the both of us seemed to be the best option despite not being like any other part of Asia (although other Asian cities are certainly catching up very quickly). It is also a great doorway to visit other parts of Asia for short breaks. Also, my girlfired has some friends there which is always a great help for basing ourselves while we find the flat, etc. without having to rush into renting a dump, of which there are plenty of in HK.

My girlfriend's sister lived there for a while back in the easy days and so visited a couple of times. She loved it instantly. We both went (my first visit) for two weeks at the beginning of this year for a long holiday but also to scout out whether we would both like to live there. And we are both in agreement that it would definately be a great place for a couple of years to "stash cash", have fun, enjoy a totally different but welcoming culture, and use it as a convenient gateway to other parts of Asia.

We have our hearts set on it, but the immigration laws these days may make it difficult. My girlfriend has a list of engineering and environmental company's she will apply for (she is an environmental consultant for an engineering firm). We're assuming she shouldnt have too much difficulty in her profession?

I'm working for myself in the uk as a web communications consultant, my background is web design. I'm assuming I will have more difficulty finding sponsorship due to my profession but have a small list of company's to apply for as well.

Other than that all we are really doing is hoping we are successfull. We want to start sending CV's and covering letters out in November and notify people we will be in Hong Kong in January for a week for interviews (if this is a good way to go about it?) and hopefully they will see us. Our aim is to arrive for good in April...

Do you mind me asking how you've found it? How long have you been out there?

Cheers,
Sorry I took a few days to reply......life here is prety busy.

Anyway, I have been here for about 15 years and I still love it!

Judging from your qualifications & attitude I don't think you'll find it difficult in securing jobs and those 'coveted' Work Permits. In fact I'm sure you will both be very employable.

You are correct, Hong Kong is a fantastic place to be based and to explore the rest of Asia, combined with good jobs and some cash savings, it is the place to be!

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.

Good luck.
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Old Sep 8th 2004, 1:27 pm
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Originally Posted by paddythepilot
Sorry I took a few days to reply......life here is prety busy.

Anyway, I have been here for about 15 years and I still love it!

Judging from your qualifications & attitude I don't think you'll find it difficult in securing jobs and those 'coveted' Work Permits. In fact I'm sure you will both be very employable.

You are correct, Hong Kong is a fantastic place to be based and to explore the rest of Asia, combined with good jobs and some cash savings, it is the place to be!

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to ask.

Good luck.
No worries, hope your not too busy.

I guess there's not much more info we could get really. t's now up to us to finalise our lists and send of cv's and so on and take it from their.

Cheers for all your advice so far.
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