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  1. Immigration 'hit by staff crisis'

    Posted Apr 03rd 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Loretta Fong Frontline workers in the Immigration Department say they are facing a staffing crisis and desperately need recruits to ease the workload and reduce stress. The chairman of the Immigration Department Rank and File General Union, Alex Chu, rebuked the department and urged it to step up action to relieve staffing shortages. Mr Chu feared that the present tight manpower levels ...

  2. Immigration office seeks to hire its first clinical psychologist

    Posted Oct 20th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But The Immigration Department hopes to hire its first clinical psychologist soon to take care of the mental health of more than 6,500 workers. A recruitment notice was published ... An official for the immigration officers' union welcomed the move, citing mounting pressure on frontline staff because the number of visitors has surged in recent years. Department figures ...

  3. Cook alleges Immigration 'in contempt'

    Posted Aug 25th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... identity documents has accused the Immigration Department of contempt of a court that had acquitted him of the alleged offence. Choi Ka-tak, alias Mo Tuen-tak, is seeking a judicial review ... the Immigration Department that the director had decided to declare his identity card invalid and enforce a removal order against him. In May this year an appeal by Mr Choi against the removal order ...

  4. Professor's intelligent computer system wins international award

    Posted Aug 10th 2007, 12:00am by Colleen Lee

    ... Colleen Lee An intelligent computer system which will help the Immigration Department automate the processing of more than 100 forms has won an international award. The system, developed by associate professor Andy Chun Hon-wai, of City University's department of computer science, won the Innovative Applications of AI Award from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial ...

  5. Lack of publicity blamed for poor response to quality migrant scheme

    Posted Aug 30th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But Despite bringing in two world-renowned pianists- Lang Lang and Li Yundi- to the city, the Immigration Department said its Quality Migrant Admission Scheme had seen only 963 ... were classified as ineligible while 233 were being processed. Department assistant director Helen Chan Wing-mui admitted there was 'not a vast number' of applications and blamed lack ...

  6. Investor immigrant hits jackpot in one year

    Posted Feb 09th 2007, 12:00am by Martin Wong

    ... Martin Wong An applicant's HK$6.5 million placed on a single stock became HK$44 million One successful applicant under the government's investor immigration scheme saw the HK$6.5 million minimum investment increase to HK$44 million in a year after putting it on a single stock, the Immigration Department said yesterday. The canny punter was one of almost 1,000 people ...

  7. Welfare subsidies no cure-all for poor, immigrant mother says

    Posted Oct 17th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Joshua But The Social Welfare Department cares only how subsidies are distributed, says a mainland immigrant, who has a daughter in kindergarten and a chronically ill husband. The woman surnamed Chan said her family's move to the city seven years ago had been a nightmare. They had rented a cubicle and shared a bathroom and kitchen, but the lack of space had made her ...

  8. Officers acted properly in missing girl case, immigration chief says

    Posted Jun 04th 2007, 12:00am by Agnes Lam

    ... Agnes Lam The immigration chief has defended the department's frontline officers after a 10-year-old girl disappeared after crossing the border at Lo Wu alone last week. Speaking publicly about the case for the first time, Director of Immigration Lai Tung-kwok said it was impractical to question every child at border checkpoints. 'Thousands of schoolchildren cross ...

  9. Our investor immigration scheme is based on complete fallacies

    Posted Feb 12th 2007, 12:00am by Jake Van Der Kamp

    ... with Jake van der Kamp 'One successful applicant under the government's investor immigration scheme saw the HK$6.5 million minimum investment increase to HK$44 million in a year after putting it on a single stock, the Immigration Department said yesterday.' SCMP, February 9 OTHER PLACES SEEK to attract doctors or nuclear physicists but in Hong Kong we have landed ...

  10. In Brief

    Posted Nov 08th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... 20 held after immigration raid Nineteen men and a woman were arrested for unauthorised entry into the city, overstaying visas and failing to produce identification documents in a four-hour joint operation by police and the Immigration Department in Chungking and Mirador mansions on Nathan Road, Tsim Sha Tsui, which ended at 2am yesterday. HK$360m in voucher scheme About HK$360 ...




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