Have you met Pinterest?

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You’ve probably heard the phrase “pin it” a million times. And we are sure you’ve heard of Pinterest. But just in case these words have not peaked your curiosity, we are happy to give you a short tour. Started in 2010, Pinterest is a virtual…well, pin board. And just like a pin board in the offline world, Pinterest allows you …

A Good Way to Start Your Day

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A few days ago I heard and interesting piece of advice that I would be happy to share. The advice was – wake up one hour earlier. Does not sound too fun, does it? But think about getting one extra hour in your day and using it for something that will help you prepare for all the work ahead: –       …

Family Comes First Or How to Get Your Loved-Ones to Hong Kong?

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Who can you invite to Hong Kong as your dependents? If you hold the Right of Abode or unconditional stay – you can bring to Hong Kong: –       your legal spouse –       unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 –       and your parents who are 60 or older If you hold any other visa (employment/investment/training/capital investment/student/etc) you can bring …

Planning a trip to Mainland China? You might want to read this!

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No doubt, traveling between Hong Kong and China is quite common among HK expats.  So it is important to stay up to date with all the entry and exit policy changes. And speaking of the devil, the State Council of the People’s Republic of China has announced new immigration  regulations, effective as of September 1st, 2013. The KEY changes are: …

WORKSHOP: Effective Use of Linkedin To Grow Your Business

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November 27th brings us a wonderful opportunity to grow as networkers and online marketers. Learn more about Linkedin – the biggest business networking tool with over 230 million members at a FREE workshop, organized by HKTDC. How can Linkedin boost your business? Are you making the best of your presence in the network? How to make yourself visible to potential …

Shenzhen Experience: Investment Visa Talk by Stephen Barnes

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Yesterday, on November 14th centre o and the one and only Stephen Barnes held their first visa talk in Shenzhen, at the cozy Boathouse restaurant in Shekou. After the formal presentation, where Stepehen described in detail the process of getting a Hong Kong investment visa on your own, came the Q & A section. The excited audience fired questions at …

Capital Investment Entrant Scheme, or “CIES” – No more real estate. So what to invest in?

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As of October 14th 2010 the threshold for investment under CIES is $10 million HKD. Furthermore, real estate has temporarily been suspended as a permissible asset under the scheme.  So what can you invest in? You can invest in stock, equities or debt securities (from an approved list) or a combination of the qualifying criteria. You must be able to …

Are you starting or joining a company in Hong Kong? Here’s what you will need to consider.

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The difference between investment and employment visas for new entities is that you will need to be a holder of company shares (the number of shares is different for each case). What you will need to show: You must possess the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to benefit the company. The company must demonstrate that the new entity is potentially …

Are You Applying For A Hong Kong Employment Visa? Get Ready For Show And Tell!

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Here are a few helpful tips. First, what does this visa cover? –       intra-company transfer –       new hire –       training –       investment  What is there to consider? There are three main points to think about: the sponsoring company, the applicant and the vacancy. What questions need to be answered? How long has the sponsoring company been around and how well …