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looseleaf



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 10:34 am    Post subject: Does this sound dodgy? Reply with quote

In the process of applying for a teaching contract for a year in HK. All seems fine so far apart from the bit where they told me about the visa.

Apparently, I'd need to arrive in HK on a tourist visa and after a week take a trip to Macau. On coming back from Macau I would be issued with a work visa and HKID.

My understanding was that this should all be sorted out before I arrive in the country. Does it sound a bit dodgy? Should I trust this company?

Any advice? Thanks.
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JoeKing



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 11:47 am    Post subject: Re: Does this sound dodgy? Reply with quote

Deleted because my comments don't really apply to HK.

Last edited by JoeKing on Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:45 am; edited 1 time in total
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looseleaf



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good advice, cheers. I'll try to find out a bit more about the company.

It's teach to travel, in case anyone was wondering.

Anyone had any experience with them?

http://www.teachtotravel.co.uk/
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Joshua2006



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 12:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the way I did it too....arrived. Got a sticker in my passport from the school as I recall. had to then leave the country to activate the visa. I don't think it is uncommon or dodgy.....but I am no expert on this.
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JoeKing



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:13 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Maybe I should add my experience is on the Mainland. But I am pretty sure that HK also takes a dim view of working on a tourist visa. Then again, you never said anything about working on tourist visa...you only mentioned coming over on a tourist visa.
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toko



Joined: 10 Oct 2011
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:37 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah, everyone does the tourist visa-work visa switch. One week is fast, though. It usually takes about a month, in my experience (unless the started processing it already with the immigration department-in which case you should get an application status number).

I just checked out the company's website, and are you really working full days for six days a week? Also, with that salary, you really should have individual accomodation. But, most people start out with a job that has long hours and they sometimes make a switch to a better offer during the year. Check your contract carefully, some companies insist on a 3-month leave notice.

The teaching year goes by really fast here. Very Happy Especially with the holidays in the second term. Good luck!
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looseleaf



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:15 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, I've been told that the working week is Monday to Friday with 3 hours on Saturday for 3 times a month. It's bearable.

Ah, so the tourist visa switch isn't too bad then? I don't think I'll be doing any actual work before I get the visa and they said they'd start the visa process before my arrival, so perhaps one week is all they need.

It's only a starting job to get my foot in the door, so to speak. I'll hopefully end up with something better by the end of the year.

Thanks for the feedback Smile
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JoeKing



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to live and work in Hong Kong, but, sadly, probably never will. Still, I find the difference in the application process from the PRC interesting.

I was wondering, if we on the mainland can go to HK for a visa, where do those in HK go?

From the About.com Hong Kong / Macau Travel site:

http://gohongkong.about.com/od/businessbasics/a/work_visa_HK.htm

"If you obtain work while already in Hong Kong, you can apply for a work visa and the Immigration Service will rarely ask questions. You will have to leave and re-enter Hong Kong to activate the visa."

So, you are not going to Macau to get a visa, you are only going there or anywhere else to activate the visa you already obtained.

Sounds much easier than the mainland.
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