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ImmigrationEdit

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.