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  1. Immigration barriers must come down

    Posted Apr 27th 2005, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... to that used in Australia should be considered. This would award would-be immigrants points for different characteristics, including their age, experience, qualifications and the extent to which we ... for the benchmarking of such teachers, which will help activate the importation scheme. But that would miss the wider point. The reality is that we are still reluctant to bring down the immigration barriers ...

  2. 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 ...

  3. Immigrant children need more help

    Posted May 20th 2006, 12:00am by Katherine Forestier

    ... Katherine Forestier Policy of keeping students in lower forms because of their poor English ability is working against them Hong Kong is failing to cater for the needs of immigrant children who are falling behind their local peers at school, according to a major international study. New immigrants perform about two-thirds of a proficiency level less well than native children ...

  4. Mainland numbers up sharply as HK turns back on Australia

    Posted Jan 22nd 2005, 12:00am by Geoffrey Maslen

    ... Geoffrey Maslen Hong Kong students are turning away in droves from studying in Australia whereas the number of mainlanders seeking places there continues to increase sharply. Latest figures from the Australian Immigration Department show that the number of student visas issued to people in Hong Kong fell by almost 8 per cent last year compared with 2003. Overall enrolments ...

  5. Scheme may scrap foreign residency rule

    Posted May 25th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Simpson Cheung simpson.cheung@scmp.com The Immigration Department will consider next year whether to seek removal of a requirement for mainlanders to have foreign residency before seeking ... stopped in 2010 to cool the property market. Assistant principal immigration officer Benson Kwok Joon-fung said the mainland's exchange and exit controls required its citizens to gain foreign ...

  6. Business - Banking & Finance - MR. SHANGKONG

    Fluency in Chinglish doesn't count as World City yardstick

    Posted Dec 16th 2013, 04:28am by George Chen

    ... a staff member to tell him about the matter, Ho said. "He replied: 'Oh, I have returned from Australia. I think it (the notice) has no grammatical mistake. If I can understand, I believe ...

  7. News - Hong Kong

    Immigration staff cannot cope with extra visitors, unions say

    Posted Sep 01st 2012, 12:00am by Ada Lee

    ... Ada Lee ada.lee@scmp.com Border workers demand extra staff Frontline immigration officers have warned border controls are at a "critical point" and need an extra 400 staff before the influx of visitors that a relaxation of entry- permit rules in Shenzhen will bring this month. Four unions representing immigration officers gave the Immigration Department's assistant ...

  8. Immigration proposal sparks debate

    Posted Jun 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... the government's say in who can immigrate under the one-way permit scheme. Critics said the proposal by University of Hong Kong Professor Paul Yip Siu-fai would not be successful if the government did ... monitoring immigration issues. 'I have doubts about how effective the proposal would be under existing circumstances.' In an interview earlier this month, Yip, a demographics expert, called ...

  9. Chambers eager to cash in on work visas

    Posted May 25th 2007, 12:00am by Anita Lam

    ... programme. They see it as a golden opportunity to attract skilled workers while they are still young but say more should be done to encourage the scheme. But the Immigration Department warned ... a greater contribution,' he said. The comments came as it was learned that working holiday agreements signed with Australia, New Zealand and Ireland found few overseas takers. Stanley Lau ...

  10. Letters

    Posted Mar 16th 2012, 12:00am

    ... What is root of violence in junior sport? As a long-time coach and mentor to young sportspeople in Hong Kong and previously in Australia, I am extremely dismayed at the actions displayed ... for buses and minibuses and right-turn lanes for all side roads and developments. Guy Shirra, chairman, Friends of Sai Kung Amend the Immigration Ordinance People have expressed different views ...




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