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Stuck in HK b/c of busted visa run. Looking for options.

 
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Sarcastro



Joined: 18 Dec 2010
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Location: Ann Arbor, MI

PostPosted: Fri Nov 08, 2013 3:55 pm    Post subject: Stuck in HK b/c of busted visa run. Looking for options. Reply with quote

PRC rejected my visa app. Willing to work here in HK till I can get the money to go back. Any suggestions on what places will be willing to hire ASAP? I am a US Citizen, have 3 yrs ESL teaching experience, and a BS in Secondary Ed: Hist/Social Studies.
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TeacherTim



Joined: 10 May 2005
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Location: Deep undercover

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 2:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry, but you'll also have to apply for a HK visa before coming here. Even illegal work is hard to come by because of the huge number of expat workers and their dependants.
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sistercream



Joined: 18 Dec 2010
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Location: Pearl River Delta

PostPosted: Sun Nov 10, 2013 7:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read in another HK forum that you came here on a visa run from mainland because you had been working for a new employer while still on a z visa from a previous employer (if there are two people in the same position and with the same screen name, and I've got you confused, please forgive me).

Now you want to start work illegally in Hong Kong? Same as on the other side of the Shenzhen River (and most countries in the world), you need that employer-specific employment visa firmly attached to your passport BEFORE you can start work legally. Here, for a language centre, the process after you've found an employer willing to hire usually takes 4 - 6 weeks.

Sure, you'd find unscrupulous mills who'd hire you, but you'll find yourself without redress yet again when they "forget" to apply for your employment visa, decide to employ someone else, and let you go without pay.

I think the folks on geoexpat are right - cut your losses, go home, and put this down to experience.
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Spelunker



Joined: 03 Nov 2013
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 12:41 am    Post subject: in the same boat Reply with quote

First of all sorry to hear of this. It seems the easy days of doing a visa run to HK, and now I suspect thailand are well and truly gone. How fast things change, or maybe we are getting old Rolling Eyes Embarassed

Is picking up any work in HK an option, even part time, and renting a cheap guesthouse room? Not too sure of the work visa procedure there, thought you had to have one BEFORE you go?

Good luck
A
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Perilla



Joined: 09 Jul 2010
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 13, 2013 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HK is relatively easy to get into (hence, for example, the high number of asylum seekers) but I wouldn't recommend it for an illegal TEFL stay-over. Why? TEFL rates are low (especially if dodgy) and overheads are high. Living costs and accommodation are especially expensive. Chances are you'll burn your savings before finding a good number on the side, and by then your 3 months may be up. OK a visa extension or two is feasible, but all things considered there must be better places for easy pickings.
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Spelunker



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 14, 2013 5:11 am    Post subject: good advice Reply with quote

OK a visa extension or two is feasible, but all things considered there must be better places for easy pickings.

Good points. I think HK is expensive, even for full time teflers with apartment. The OP may be better looking elsewhere Question
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