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  1. Immigration Department suspends Nepalese visa applications

    Posted Jun 03rd 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ZHUANG PINGHUI Updated at 4.35pm: As part of a routine review of visas, the Immigration Department on Friday announced it would suspend visa applications by Nepalese nationals from next ... declined to give specific reasons on the change- saying the department was simply doing its routine reviews of visas. 'The department regularly reviews its visa policies and will take social ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/503031/immigration-department-suspends-nepalese-visa-applications
  2. Immigration Department warns of demands of Lunar New Year holidays

    Posted Jan 06th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... ROBIN KWONG Updated at 4.57pm: People wanting to travel overseas during the Chinese New Year holidays should apply for travel documents as early as possible, an Immigration Department ... and all Immigration branch offices. Applications for HKSAR passports can also be placed in drop boxes or submitted by post to the department. The normal processing time for a HKSAR passport is 15 ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/484353/immigration-department-warns-demands-lunar-new-year-holidays
  3. 50pc boost to spending on police intelligence

    Posted Apr 14th 2005, 12:00am by Felix Lo

    ... for Security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong said most concerned the loss of travel documents. Legislator Lau Kong-wah called on the Immigration Department to set up a branch in Shenzhen, home to many Hongkongers, but Mr Lee said this was not being planned. 'Setting up a branch requires a lot of work from a number of departments. Is assisting Hong Kong residents a sufficient reason to set up ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/496579/50pc-boost-spending-police-intelligence
  4. Immigration on IT mission

    Posted Aug 15th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... BIEN PEREZ The Immigration Department, backed by a new entry-exit processing and record system, will make big push over the next 12 months to step up work on the ambitious, six-year revamp ... immigration workload and to enhance security. 'IT has always been mission-critical for our department,' said Raymond Wong Wai-man, assistant immigration director for information systems. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/512167/immigration-it-mission
  5. Migrant hits back after media crime accusations

    Posted May 07th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... against him carried by the mainland media. The migrant, Wu Yonghong, is facing possible deportation after the Immigration Department was said to have refused his application for permanent ... faces on the mainland. The Immigration Department yesterday declined to confirm or deny whether Mr Wu, a Fujian native, had been denied permanent residency, saying it did not comment ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/499590/migrant-hits-back-after-media-crime-accusations
  6. Leap in number who think there's luck in a new name

    Posted Feb 20th 2005, 12:00am by Patsy Moy

    ... Patsy Moy The number of Hongkongers changing their names by deed poll has risen as people resort to superstition to change their fortune. The Immigration Department received 1,578 ... of applications received by Immigration Department to change names: 2004- 1,320; 2003- 1,578; 2002- 1,011; 2001- 943 Applications are rarely rejected unless changes are unusual and unreasonable, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/489682/leap-number-who-think-theres-luck-new-name
  7. Immigration on IT mission

    Posted Aug 16th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Bien Perez Department to step up its systems revamp with aim of having new networks in place by 2007 The Immigration Department, backed by a new entry-exit processing and record system, ... project (ISS-2) is slated for completion by 2007 to meet Hong Kong's growing immigration workload and to enhance security. 'IT has always been mission-critical for our department ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/512280/immigration-it-mission
  8. Travellers are all thumbs at the immigration gates

    Posted Jan 29th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... or inserting their smart identity upside down. Some people have placed their entire palm on the screen. The Immigration Department said yesterday that the dry winter weather had also made fingerprints ... their thumbs for scanning. And if everything failed, the department has kept manned immigration clearing booths open to serve travellers, including those unlucky ones whose damaged fingerprints ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/487365/travellers-are-all-thumbs-immigration-gates
  9. Immigration process 'irrational'

    Posted Sep 23rd 2005, 12:00am by Jonathan Li

    ... on the Immigration Department's watch list. In the absence of such information, the decision by officers to deny entry would become 'irrational', the judge said. Mr Justice Hartmann, ... Department's watch list and posed a security risk to Hong Kong. The four were granted leave in April 2003 to conduct a judicial review of the director of immigration's decision to deny them entry ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/517408/immigration-process-irrational
  10. Undercover officers sell passports in immigration sting

    Posted Mar 07th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the passports were recovered and returned to the officers. It is the first time the Immigration Department, of which the agency is part, has revealed details about the operations, in which three ... Benjamin Wong As part of an undercover operation, immigration officers sold their own passports to syndicates that make as much as $30 million a year by reselling them to international ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/491605/undercover-officers-sell-passports-immigration-sting

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