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http://www.hongkongvisahandbook.com - this is the Factsheet on the Hong Kong same sex partner 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.
Same sex partner – summary. Unfortunately, Hong Kong only recognizes traditional legal dependents, that’s spouse and unmarried children under the age of 18, when they issue dependant visas. Consequently, same sex partner family members need to be creative in their circumstances. For example, will you qualify for permissions under one of the other visas categories in your own right. If not, and your partner as the principal visa holder is able to demonstrate capacity to support you whilst you remain in Hong Kong, the only real option is with a right for a prolonged visit visa. This status is what we have coined a ‘slippers and pipe’ visa in so much as it allows the holder to remain in Hong Kong for an extended period of time to avail residency that doesn’t provide permissions to work, join in or establish business nor undertake or perform a course of study.
Application for prolonged visitor visas by same sex partners come be simply an uphill struggle. The Immigration Department are naturally enough looking to see that the typical types of criteria that the client in relation to normal legal dependent visa situations are also applicable in a same sex partner scenario. So, they will certainly be looking for proof of the relationship and that is they expect to see a pre-existing cohabitation overseas and you will need to be able to prove it or that you have undergone a civil ceremony in your home country if such are available to you and that your marriage has been recognized at law in that jurisdiction.
The Immigration Department will be expecting to see that the Hong Kong resident’s partner will have the means to be able to sponsor the partner that they will be holding the prolonged visitor visa and this is really a function of being able to show that you can put a roof over his or her head and you can put food on his or her table. Because the status that comes for same sex partners in the situation is prolonged visitor visa which by the way is the same status as available for heterosexual de facto spouse type scenarios, it is a status that only avails residency but not much more. You will not be able to establish or join in a business or you will not be able to take up employment under this immigration status. So, this is very much a ‘slippers and pipe’ type immigration status, but it will give you residency.