How can I enter and become a permanent resident in Hong Kong? This is a question that keeps lingering in many people’s minds who consider Hong Kong a paradise for residence and great for business. In this post, we outline the main groups of people who are eligible for Hong Kong permanent residence.
Chinese citizens with roots in Hong Kong
- If you are a Chinese citizen, who was born in Hong Kong prior or after formation of HKSAR (Hong Kong Special Administrative Region)
- Chinese citizens who have stayed in Hong Kong for more than 7 years
- Chinese citizen born outside Hong Kong to Hong Kong parents
Unlike citizens of Chinese descent, those who have entered Hong Kong using valid documents can also qualify for permanent residence after staying for 7 continuous years. During this period, the applicant must have established Hong Kong as the permanent residence before applying for the right of abode.
To be granted the right of abode, the applicant is required to make a declaration to the immigration department indicating that he has taken Hong Kong as the permanent residence. If you are less than 21 years, the declaration will be made by the parent/guardian. The immigration department requires the applicants for Hong Kong permanent residence to provide all info demonstrating they have taken Hong Kong as Home. These details include habitual residence, whether the members of the nuclear family are all in Hong Kong, and financial capability to live a decent life.
One important component the immigration department emphasizes so much is the applicant’s commitment to paying taxes. You must appreciate the Hong Kong law and particularly the need to pay taxes to IRD. Note that the right of abode is not granted until you get communication from the authorities.
A person under 21 years of age born to parents who are permanent residents
If you are 21 years and born to Hong Kong parents who were permanent residents or only one parent has the right of abode, is considered a permanent resident. However, once you are past 21 years, the permanent right of abode ceases. Therefore, you have to apply for Hong Kong permanent residence from the immigrations department.
People who had right of abode before establishment of HKSAR
If you lived in Hong Kong and had a right of abode before the establishment of HKSAR, you qualify for permanent residence. However, you are required to make an application to the immigration department and include all supporting documents.
You are also expected to make a declaration that you were a permanent resident before HKSAR was established. If the person under consideration is less than 21 years, it is the guardian/parent who makes the declaration.
A person who have entered Hong Kong through achievement based point test
For people with special talents such as athletics, Hong Kong provides the direct right of abode. However, you must apply for right of abode and proof financial capability to support yourself and dependants you intend to take.
Besides, you must provide certifications by national/ international authorities and demonstrate all the awards you have won. The department will also want to know how you will use the talent to help grow the Hong Kong economy.
So, what is the solution?
Because of the complexity that involved annexation of Hong Kong from China by British during the colonial times, many people have found it increasingly difficult to get right of abode. However, you should always check with the immigration department to establish your eligibility for Hong Kong permanent residence. Besides, Hong Kong is always encouraging people who can make positive contribution to economy to apply for visa and get right of abode after 7 years.