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http://www.hongkongvisahandbook.com - this is the factsheet on the Hong Kong Visa Application Reconsideration process 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
Until 1999, section 53 of the Immigration Ordinance was widely used as a means of final appeal for a large number of refused visa applicants as the mechanism allowed the applicant to remain in Hong Kong as a visitor pending the final review process which often took 12-24 months. This liberal application of policy was almost inevitably abused. It had the effect of enabling employment visa applications from people who really didn’t have much chance of satisfying the approvability test but came to Hong Kong as visitors, applied for a change of status while in Hong Kong, and then used the fact of their application pending as a means to secure a de facto extension to their visitor visa all throughout. For some nationalities, particularly those from the subcontinent, this manipulation of the processing and consideration mechanisms meant that often two to two and half years would pass before the entire application consideration process from initial submission through to final review report was finalized. In this time, such applicants were physically present in Hong Kong and the temptation for them to breach their conditions of stay by taking up employment unauthorized by the Immigration Department was manifest. Some might say the process was simply misused by the applicants. Nevertheless, at a stroke, one day in 1999, the Immigration Department changed the policy and no longer extended the visitor visas to applicants who are undergoing section 53 review. These had the effect of diminishing the role of section 53 considerably for disgruntled employment visa applicants and consequently tends not to play a significant part in the practice of Hong Kong Immigration advisers these days.