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http://www.hongkongvisahandbook.com - this is the Factsheet on the Hong Kong Defacto Spouse visa as found in the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. On the Hong Kong Visa Handbook website you will discover every possible resource required to effectively finish a Hong Kong visa application at the Hong Kong Immigration Department.
Unfortunately, Hong Kong only recognizes traditional (legal) dependent spouse and children under the age of 18 when they issue dependent visas. Consequently, de facto spouse partner family members need to be creative in those circumstances. For example, do you qualify for permission under one or the other visa categories in your own right? If not, then your partner who is a principal visa holder must be able to demonstrate capacity to support you as you remain in Hong Kong. The only real option is to apply for prolonged visitor visa. This status is what we have coined as a ‘slippers and pipe’ visa in so much is it allows the holder to remain in Hong Kong for extended period of time to avail some residency, but it doesn’t provide permissions to work, join in or set up a business or undertake a formal course of study. Unmarried children of the defacto relationship under the age of 18 will be treated as legal dependents and therefore able to secure dependent visas.
When the Hong Kong Immigration Department look to provide a visa solution where there is a de facto spouse situation, there are four key areas of consideration. First is that the parties will have to show that they are in a loving committed relationship; and because they will be living together in Hong Kong, the Immigration Department will expect to see proof that there was a pre-existing cohabitation overseas before coming to Hong Kong.
The Immigration Department will expect that the sponsoring defacto spouse resident in Hong Kong will have sufficient means to be able to support financially the prolonged visitor visa holding partner. Somewhat ironically, the Immigration Department expects that the parties will undertake in writing that their relationship will eventually lead to a legal marriage and prolonged visitor visas in these circumstances are usually granted for a period of no more than 6 months; and when you go through the process of extending your prolonged visitor visa, you will simply have to submit another undertaking to the effect that your relationship to the best of your belief will eventually lead to legal marriage. This said, they won’t be asking you to get married in the next 6 months; and as noted, because we are only getting a prolonged visitor visa, the status that comes with the visitor visa allows residence but does not allow you to join in a business or take up employment. So, it’s very much a ‘slippers and pipe’ type immigration status.