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http://www.hongkongvisahandbook.com - this is the Factsheet on the Hong Kong dependant 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.
If you hold the Right of Abode or unconditional stay, you are eligible to sponsor dependant visas for your legal spouse, unmarried dependent children under the age of 18, and your parents who are age 60 or above. If you hold any other kind of visa – employment, investment, training, capital investment, business investment, Quality Migrant Admission Scheme or student but not for domestic helper, you are eligible to sponsor dependent visas for your legal spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 only.
This type of application is all about being able to demonstrate that the sponsor can put food on the table and roof over the head of the sponsor’s dependents; but principally, before we get that far, the Immigration Department would want to make sure that the partners represent themselves are in a loving committed relationship. So, is this a real relationship, is this a real marriage? Will the Immigration Department be satisfied that there is a reasonable proof for a genuine relationship between the two parties.
Where there are children involved, the ability for them to secure dependant visas is limited to their own marriage status. They must be unmarried and they have to be 18 years of age or under. This is different if the sponsor is a long stay or permanent resident, that is they are on unconditional stay or they have the right of abode or they have the right to land. And ultimately, the Immigration Department will be seeking proof that the sponsor does have the financial means to be able to financially support their dependents while they are in Hong Kong.
Interestingly, whilst the dependant visa does come with the right for the spouse to work, they will not be able to articulate the fact that they will be working after they have been granted the dependant visa as some sort of contribution to the financial arrangements that the family expect to have in place after the dependant visa is approved because the approvability test is all about proof of dependency. It isn’t about what comes by way of approval in relation to immigration status in the wake of an immigration approval.