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Immigration issue - husband sponsoring me

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    barbwong_130 is offline Registered User
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    It might be more work but you could consider getting a dependent visa for yourself before arriving (this might make you feel more comfortable when you arrive) and then applying for your baby once you are here. Even with the dependent visa you will need to go and get an ID card once you arrive.

    I had my third child in England and it was really easy to get the documents he needed once we arrived in Hong Kong. On entry he was given a tourist visa for three months. I had to go down to the immigration and get him the correct documents. The woman who served me was very kind and made an early appointment because I had the baby with me.

    When you go to the local medical clinics in Hong Kong they will ask for the mother or father’s ID card/passports rather than the baby’s. Babies are given 42 days to register in Hong Kong (and only get ID cards at 11 years old) and so often the babies have no documents when they first go to the clinic.

    Another issue you might not know about is getting a BCG injection for your baby. All newborns have this in Hong Kong because tuberculosis is so common here. Babies have to have this within 21 days of birth or they have to have addition tests. You might want to discuss this with the baby’s doctor before you come.

    Best wishes with everything,
    Barb

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    Vix
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    We won't be able to get a passport without having a birth certificate.
    It looks like our time scales will be :

    In the UK....
    - Get birth certificate a few days after baby is born
    - Take certificate to passport office and leave with them for 1 week
    - Get passport & birth certificate back after 1 week

    This will leave us with 4 or 5 days before we leave for Hong Kong. If we courier the birth certificate and forms to HK immigration, which might take 3 or 4 days to arrive, they will only have 1 day to process the application and give the baby a visa before we arrive !

    It looks like a tourist visa will be our only option :-(

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    Vix
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    Thanks for your message Barb, it is very helpful. I think we will take up your suggestion.

    This site is a Godsend !

    Vicky

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