Director of Immigration

ICAC chief faces credibility hurdle

Simon Peh Yun-lu, the new chief of the Independent Commission Against Corruption, is likely to have proven his hard-nosed credentials by keeping out of the city people whom Beijing has deemed as persona non grata.

Monday, 9 July, 2012, 12:00am

'Constitutional duty' to enact Article 23 law

Hong Kong people 'owe the central government a constitutional responsibility' to enact the national security legislation, outgoing secretary for security Ambrose Lee Siu-kwong said yesterday.

He refused to say whether he thought the law, required under Article 23 of the Basic Law, should be passed during the term of incoming chief executive Leung Chun-ying.

22 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Maid fights expulsion for buying boss illegal smokes

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.

16 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Mobile travel alert service starts on Monday

2 Dec 2010 - 12:00am

In Brief

Last supper for residents of Tsoi Yuen Tsuen

7 Feb 2010 - 12:00am

Watchdog looks into immigration data leak

The privacy watchdog said yesterday it was trying to get more information on how 11 Word documents from the Immigration Department appeared on a file-sharing site on Sunday. 'We have to see if the concerned files were leaked before or after an undertaking was signed,' a spokesman for the privacy commission said.

8 Jul 2008 - 12:00am

Retiring immigration chief won't rule out security minister's job

Outgoing immigration chief Lai Tung-kwok has not ruled out the possibility of becoming secretary for security but says joining the private sector is not an option.

Mr Lai, who has held the post since 2002, said he had achieved targets set six years ago and it was the right time to hand over to a successor.

4 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Deputy steps into top immigration post

A 30-year veteran of the Immigration Department, deputy director Simon Peh Yun-lu, was appointed to the department's top post by the State Council yesterday. Mr Peh will take over from Lai Tung-kwok, 56, who is retiring, starting from April 7.

29 Mar 2008 - 12:00am

Immigration chief to take early retirement

The decision by the Director of Immigration, Lai Tung-kwok, to retire in April has raised concerns about the appointment of a successor.

Although Mr Lai was due to retire in November this year when he turned 57, a government source said Mr Lai wanted to take pre-retirement leave and quit in April.

7 May 2015 - 5:14pm

Regular visitors to get quicker entry and exit

An automated immigration clearance system for frequent visitors to Hong Kong will be tested in the second half of this year.

Acting Director of Immigration Peh Yun-lu said tourists would be able to register for the e-channel system by providing travel document data and personal particulars. Fingerprints and photographs will also be stored.

1 Apr 2007 - 12:00am

Immigration process 'irrational'

It is 'astounding' that frontline immigration officers deny visitors entry to Hong Kong solely because they are listed as a security risk, a High Court judge said yesterday.

23 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Visa laws keep couples apart

Spouses of permanent residents are being subjected to an unfair immigration system which gives officials the power to bar them from Hong Kong, according to human rights lawyers.

They criticise the policy for its lack of written guidelines to spell out the specific criteria for obtaining a dependant's visa.

24 Mar 2003 - 12:00am

Office burdens unlikely to trigger tragedies, says director

The immigration chief said yesterday he did not think pressure of work in the department was so great it would lead to staff committing suicide.

Director of Immigration Lai Tung-kwok was speaking after attending a service for Lai Chun-ting at St Anthony's church in Pokfulam. Lai leaped to his death from his 10th-floor flat in Mount Davis Road, Pokfulam, on Sunday.

22 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Top immigration official jumps to his death

An assistant director of the Immigration Department took his own life yesterday. Lai Chun-ting is believed to be the most senior civil servant to commit suicide in Hong Kong.

The 46-year-old did not leave a note but a police investigator believed he had been under pressure at work. Lau, who had just started two weeks' sick leave, jumped to his death from his 10th-floor flat.

21 Oct 2002 - 12:00am

Department does not act in racist manner

I refer to the report headlined 'Novelist claims detention was racist' (South China Morning Post, April 19).

The Indian writer Amit Chaudhuri said he was detained inexplicably by immigration officials at Hong Kong airport for an hour. It was suggested that the alleged detention was motivated by racist considerations.

9 May 2002 - 12:00am