Our Hong Kong office offers high quality and cost-effective global mobility and immigration support across the APAC region.
Our immigration and global mobility lawyers have in-depth experience in handling large scale transfers of staff, global secondments and expatriate assignments throughout the APAC region. Our lawyers’ have first class technical ability and understand the cultural sensitivities that may impact an assignment. We can advise clients in a range of languages including English, Mandarin, Cantonese and Japanese.
Our international immigration and global lawyers add value by deploying expert knowledge in all key jurisdictions, providing you with a single source of advice and a direct contact for the coordination of staff transfers. Working closely with you, we can help you map out your project and manage it effectively ensuring that you can place your people in the right jurisdictions at the right time.
Our lawyers can also provide APAC based businesses and individuals with advice on UK and European global mobility/immigration issues.
Hong Kong Government tightens laws on Occupational Retirement Schemes21 May 2019
A bill to amend the Occupational Retirement Schemes Ordinance (Cap. 426) (the “Ordinance”) was introduced to the Legislative Council on 17 April 2019. The bill aims to: ensure there is a genuine employment relationship for participants in an occupational retirement scheme; and enhance enforcement powers of the Mandatory Provident Fund (“MPF”) Schemes Authority which acts as the Registrar of Occupational Retirement Schemes.
Lewis Silkin’s Hong Kong team win Immigration Firm of the Year award10 September 2018
Market-leading employment and immigration law specialist Lewis Silkin has won the ‘Immigration Law Firm of the Year’ award at the Macallan ALB (Asian Legal Business) Hong Kong Law Awards 2018.
Diversity in the workplace across Asia Pacific16 January 2018
Following the landmark Hong Kong Court of Appeal decision in QT v Director of Immigration, now is a particularly relevant time to be debating diversity and equality in the workplace.
Court of Appeal orders Hong Kong’s Immigration Department to accommodate same-sex partners as dependants26 September 2017
In a unanimous decision made on 25 September, the Court of Appeal ruled that the Immigration Department’s refusal to issue a dependant visa to the lesbian civil partner of a British expat was not rational.
Busting Brexit25 September 2017
At the Shifting World Dynamics and the Evolving Workplace: Global labour law conference which will be held in Hong Kong on 6th October, James Davies from Lewis Silkin will be speaking on Busting Brexit myths in our first session.
Australia - Work and Holiday visas and new six-year multiple-entry visas available for Singaporeans27 June 2017
Following the recent summit held in Singapore, it was announced that two new visa measures will come into place. These are the availability for Singaporeans to apply for Australia’s Work and Holiday Visa programme and the new six-year multiple-entry visa for business and tourism in 1 August 2017 and 1 January 2018 respectively.
Changes to Chinese visa applications11 April 2017
Effective immediately, the Chinese consulate in Hong Kong has advised that all females between the ages of 16 to 40 and all males between the ages of 18 to 55 must now provide previous passports in addition to current valid passports for application of all Chinese visas if their current passport was issued after 2015.
Indian nationals must now apply for visit visas directly to the HKSAR Department of Immigration03 April 2017
Effectively immediately, Indian nationals who require visit visas must do so directly by post to the Immigration Department in Hong Kong instead of submitting applications to the nearest Chinese diplomatic or consular post.