Your immigration status affects whether you can live, work and study in Hong Kong. It depends on three main factors:
- Whether you have Right of Abode (also called "permanent residency") or previously had it;
- Whether you have Chinese Nationality (also called "Chinese citizenship");
- What sort of visa, if any, you hold.
You may have a different immigration status from your parents, your spouse or your children.
Common Myths about Hong Hong ImmigrationEdit
- Myth: You have to be Chinese to have Right of Abode in Hong Kong. Fact: Right of Abode and Chinese Nationality are separate. You can have Right of Abode but not Chinese Nationality, or the reverse.
- Myth: Right of Abode means having a Hong Kong Identity Card (HKID). Fact: You can have Right of Abode without a HKID; or the reverse.
- Myth: Overseas-born Hong Kong Chinese have Right of Abode. Fact: You may have a different immigration status from your parents, your spouse or your children. It can depends on a number of factors, including when and where you and your parents were born, what nationality you hold and what time you have spent in Hong Kong.