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  1. Maid fights expulsion for buying boss illegal smokes

    Posted Jun 16th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Chris Ip chris.ip@scmp.com A domestic helper told to leave Hong Kong after being convicted of buying illegal cigarettes for her employer is challenging the Immigration Department in court. ... did not leave and 'lawyers cannot do anything' to help her, the paper says. The Guidebook for the Employment of Domestic Helpers from Abroad, which specifies immigration department ...

  2. Immigration queues an hour long at airport

    Posted Jan 01st 2012, 12:00am

    ... for overseas visitors and Tien says it is hindering Hong Kong's drive to be Asia's 'world city'. The Immigration Department says it is tackling the problem and claims that while ... and only three officers were working, which is unacceptable in an international airport.' The Immigration Department declined to give an interview on the subject but said in a statement ...

  3. Well in control of your future

    Posted May 26th 2011, 12:00am

    ... are sent to work in different departments. Work prospects The Immigration Department is divided into six main branches: Control; Enforcement and Torture Claim Assessment; Information Systems; ... the rotation allows them to have more exposure to the department's operations. Law has been with the Immigration Department for 27 years. He started off as an assistant at the control points in Lo ...

  4. Rust problem means ID cards are not so smart

    Posted Apr 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... channels supposed to hurry people through the border. The Immigration Department said about 28,560 smart identity cards had been reported damaged because of chip failure since 2003. The malfunction ... be a possible way to clean those stains from the chip,' he said. The Immigration Department said an external consultant had conducted a review of the system and saw no immediate need to launch ...

  5. Training stepped up after assaults against immigration officers rise

    Posted Aug 01st 2011, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com The Immigration Department has stepped up self-defence training for its frontline officers after a drastic rise in assaults by travellers ... three-week training course for officers after the Castle Peak Bay Immigration Centre returned from the Correctional Service Department to the Immigration Department last year. The centre is used ...

  6. Hunger strike man tells of failing health

    Posted Sep 25th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Department, the detention centre at Tuen Mun holds up to 400 inmates who have committed immigration, rather than criminal, offences such as overstaying their visas. They are also held there while awaiting deportation. An Immigration Department spokesperson said all of the hunger-striking inmates had also eaten bread, despite refusing proper meals. The spokesperson said yesterday ...

  7. Severe stress forces immigration officers to seek medical help

    Posted Mar 05th 2011, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Department figures show there were 54 new psychological distress cases in 2009 and 30 last year. Three-fifths of the requests for psychological help in 2009 and half last year were from immigration assistants. Immigration assistants are junior frontline officers who check documents at the border. In 2007, the Immigration Department, which has 6,600 workers, had the highest percentage of staff ...

  8. New immigration boss dodges thorny issue of dissident visas

    Posted Mar 22nd 2011, 12:00am by Simpson Cheung

    ... from political dissidents, Chan replied that genuine tourists would be welcomed. He added: 'All the work in the Immigration Department will be dealt in accordance with the laws. And my ... to facilitate the movement of tourists at border control points. Chan, who joined the department as assistant immigration officer in October 1982, took up the post as deputy director in 2009 after David ...

  9. Confusing form spells trouble for parted couples

    Posted Aug 15th 2011, 12:00am

    ... in family law said more estranged couples could fall into the same trap if the Immigration Department fails to clarify one of its forms. Melville Boase, said he had handled two cases in the last two ... of 68 prosecutions by the department for making a false declaration, there were 65 convictions. People making a false statement to the Immigration Department face a fine of HK$150,000 and 14 ...

  10. Woman sold as child refused ID card

    Posted Apr 28th 2011, 12:00am

    ... time ago. It is unrealistic and unfair for the Immigration Department to use the current regulation to judge my case... I am very disappointed,' Kwok said yesterday after meeting immigration officers. Her elder sister suffers from serious asthma and has been living in a home. She was recently admitted to hospital and Kwok had to borrow a travel permit to visit her. 'If ...




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