HONG KONG – Use of business visas for speaking engagements clarified

Employers and individuals are reminded that business visa activities are strictly limited and any activities outside the prescribed conduct may require an employment visa.

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What is the change? Hong Kong’s immigration authorities have clarified their policy on the use of business visas for public speaking engagements.

What does the change mean? Speaking engagements are permitted on a business visa if they are unpaid and if only one speaking event lasting no more than one week occurs during a single trip.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Visas/permits affected: Business visas.
  • Who is affected: Foreign nationals conducting public speaking presentations in Hong Kong.
  • Business impact: Companies and employees should be mindful of the restrictions on using business visas and make sure that any speaking engagements conform to the rules.

Background: Though speaking engagements were previously allowed under business visas, immigration officials recently clarified the limitations.

BAL Analysis: Employers and individuals are reminded that business visa activities are strictly limited and any activities outside the prescribed conduct may require an employment visa.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Hong Kong. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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