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  1. Immigration eases entry for Taiwanese

    Posted Jun 10th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... of the 'Mainland Travel Permit for Taiwan Residents', commonly known as tai bao zheng, which entitles its bearer to enter the mainland, the Immigration Department said. Under the new policy Taiwan residents holding this permit can enter Hong Kong for up to seven days, provided normal immigration requirments were met, the department said. An Immigration Department statement said the change ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/552251/immigration-eases-entry-taiwanese
  2. Boom in outbound travel over Easter break

    Posted Apr 11th 2006, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... agent reporting a 10 per cent increase in bookings and the Immigration Department predicting a 7.6 per cent increase in cross-border traffic. Hong Thai Travel director Jackie Wong See-sum said ... and travel packages were full a week ago. The Immigration Department expected the number of incoming and outgoing travellers to reach 4.77 million during the four-day holiday, which starts on Friday. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/544322/boom-outbound-travel-over-easter-break
  3. 80 couples register to marry at own venues

    Posted May 13th 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... exercised their new rights. The news came as the Immigration Department announced it had approved another 126 celebrants to conduct civil marriages, bringing their number to 258. A list of civil celebrants is on the department's website at www.immd.gov.hk and is available from all marriage registries. For registry addresses and telephone numbers, call 2824 6111. By Thursday it had ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/548552/80-couples-register-marry-own-venues
  4. Department admits dead can fall off the radar

    Posted Feb 28th 2006, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... of people's lives and deaths and the movement of records between different government departments, including the Immigration Department, the Hospital Authority and the police. But legislator Leung ... days to qualify for it. Theoretically, the department should be alerted by the Immigration Department if recipients do not return. But a source said a mismatch of data can occur ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/538307/department-admits-dead-can-fall-radar
  5. Immigration rules set for shake-up

    Posted Jan 24th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... the existing scheme. It is expected that between 1,000 and 2,000 people each year would be granted Hong Kong residency under the new scheme. The Immigration Department said mainlanders and people from ... of a year to find jobs or start their own businesses in Hong Kong could be introduced within six months, the immigration chief said yesterday. The existing admission scheme requires applicants ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/534116
  6. Immigration charges set to increase

    Posted Apr 05th 2006, 12:00am by Felix Chan

    ... Felix Chan The Immigration Department has proposed raising 30 service charges by up to 21 per cent this summer to achieve full cost recovery by 2013. Under the plan, an ordinary visa ... to recover the full cost of providing the services,' a department spokesman said. 'The fee increases are moderate and should have little impact on the daily life of the general ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/543486/immigration-charges-set-increase
  7. Immigration acts to ease e-channel failure fears

    Posted Jun 30th 2006, 12:00am by May Chan, Norma Connolly

    ... wrangle. The Immigration Department said it did not expect a collapse of the system- touted as a possibility during a legal battle between the contractors who supplied the technology- but would ... the Singaporean subcontractor that supplied the technology for the system. This would have meant the e-channel could shut down if the firm was not paid by today. The Immigration Department ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/554833/immigration-acts-ease-e-channel-failure-fears
  8. Devil's in the detail for eagle-eyed immigration officer

    Posted Oct 03rd 2006, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... something fishy was going on,' said the officer, who has been with the Immigration Department for 12 years. 'I was hiding in another toilet cubicle opposite them and I got down ... Agnes Lam Senior immigration assistant Ng Wai-ming recalls some potentially dangerous situations, such as when she challenged two women exchanging fake travel documents in a toilet last ...

    http://www.scmp.com/node/566232
  9. New immigration points system targets 'top quality' applicants

    Posted Jun 29th 2006, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to do so. Applicants who know both English and Chinese- either Putonghua or Cantonese- would be given 20 points in the tests but the Immigration Department said the arrangement was not aimed ... provided on the Immigration Department website. The department was confident the scheme would be attractive to foreigners despite similar programmes overseas, given Hong Kong's edge in areas ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/554712/new-immigration-points-system-targets-top-quality-applicants
  10. Illegal immigrants open new route into city

    Posted Nov 18th 2006, 12:00am by Clifford Lo, Norma Connolly

    ... Figures from the Immigration Department show that foreign visitors (excluding mainlanders) arrested for working illegally in Hong Kong had almost tripled in two years, from 40 in 2003 to 116 last ... suspected illegal immigrants were seen jumping into two urban (red) taxis at Bride's Pool Road, near Kai Kuk Shue Ha. After a 2km car chase, the two taxis were intercepted by three police vans ...

    http://www.scmp.com/article/571965/illegal-immigrants-open-new-route-city

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