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    erya2153 is offline Registered User
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    Moving helper from Singapore to Hong Kong

    Hi,

    We are relocating from Singapore to Hong Kong. Would like to bring my filipino helper with us. Can any one rec any agency in HK to help with paperwork?

    Many Thanks

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    Julian O'Connel is offline Registered User
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    Erya

    It should not be too hard if she is Filipina.

    My wife is Filipina and worked previously in HK, she would know more about this than me, but from what I know -

    You will likely just need to re-employ her under the HK domestic helper standard employment contract. Once she has that she can get an employment visa easily enough, and you are sorted.

    When are you are going there? (we are going back there ourselves to live and work in August!)

    If you have time, and want to sort out the paperwork in advance of travel then you might give Lloyden a call. They are a small immigration specialist company, run by an ex- HK immigration official. I don't have a number to hand, but their address is 28 Lockhart Road, Wanchai HK.

    They did some work for me before and were okay. However they will charge a fee naturally and give you proper professional advice. Though I recall I had to do most of the form filling and running around myself!

    Another option here in SG would be call to Lucky Plaza on Orchard Road - there are a variety of specialist maid recruitment agencies up stairs, some of which specialize in placing maids in HK. Why not start with them?

    In any case you can likely do it cheaper, if not for free, yourself after you get there. The paperwork is not too complicated, providing you already have your own employment visa and HKID card in place already.

    Filipinos get 2 weeks automatic tourist stamp on arrival in HK. She might however need to exit HK while the paperwork is processed.

    There is a right Filipino maid 'mafia' in HK, and there are loads of agencies that can help you and her get sorted up in HK. Most are located in Worldwide House in Central, which is like a small suburb of Manila - full of PP shops, restaurants, and shipping services.

    Sorry bit of a rambling response, but I think I have covered some of your options.

    Regards

    Julian

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    mummymoo is offline Registered User
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    There's no great options in HK. I've gone with Emry's agency but they are slow, slow, slow..... Arrowes agency tend to prefer finding a helper for you rather than organising a direct hire (from what a good friend of mine told me when she went there to organise a direct hire but ended up taking one of their girls on their books, the procedure for the direct hire was extremely onerous, and in the end it was simply easier to go with one of their girls).

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    I did this last year. She will have to leave while her visa is processed. Do NOT use Emrys, it took 11 weeks - immigration did not receive the papers until over 3 weeks after the agency got them. The two weeks visa-on-arrival is strictly that. Some dumb friend of our helper managed to convince her she could come in on two weeks and stay while waiting. Immigration made it very clear when we went to try and extend that only in extremely special circumstances can a 14 day visa be extended and even then it has to be applied for before a Filipina is in the country. She also cannot work for you while on that 14 day visa.
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    Have to add that if I moved countries again I'd do a direct hire, it was a massive headache even using an agency! Was told it should take 4-6 weeks and also you have to be in HK with a proper address to start the process.
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    Honkyblues is offline Registered User
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    Unless your current helper is absolute gold, I would not bother and just hire again when you get here. The paperwork is a huge hassle, the wait is long and then we found that after a month our helper wanted to return to Singapore to get a job there because she found HK too cold (it was Oct/Nov) and she didn't have any friends here.

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    You do need to sort out your own ID cards and housing before you can apply for a helper. You will need to supply this info on the Helper's Application. According to the Consulate website, they only accept Direct Hires from the following:

    The Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO) today announced that endorsement for exemption from the ban on direct hiring of HSWs will be limited only to employers covered under the following categories:

    Members of the diplomatic corps;

    Members of International Organizations;

    Immediate members of the family of heads of state/government;

    Ministers, deputy ministers and other senior officials of the host country; and

    Employers residing in countries where foreign agencies do not operate.

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