Hong Kong Certificate of Identity

Abode rules have served HK well

Right of abode, along with democratic development, must rank as one of the most controversial issues to have dogged Hong Kong in the past quarter of a century.

Sunday, 28 August, 2011, 12:00am

Courier jailed for possession of false travel documents

Updated at 6.23pm: A 49-year-old Hong Kong resident was jailed for 20 months for possessing 10 false Hong Kong (HKSAR) passports and nine false Japanese passports, an Immigration spokesman said on Thursday.

Howard Wong Kwok-kuen pleaded guilty in the District Court to one count of possession of false documents.

22 Sep 2005 - 12:00am

Residency rules

Why should Hong Kong require expatriates applying for permanent residence to demonstrate that they will make their home here ('Expats face new rules on residency', August 4)?

Suppose the governments of Canada and Australia had had the same requirement for all the Hong Kong people who applied for foreign passports before the 1997 handover.

8 Aug 2003 - 12:00am

Complicated process

In the letter headlined 'Only Chinese citizen can get an SAR passport' (South China Morning Post, November ) C. P. Chan, for the Director of Immigration, said only a person with Chinese nationality can apply for an SAR passport.

27 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Only Chinese citizen can get an SAR passport

I refer to the letter from 'Name and Address Supplied' headlined 'Born in Hong Kong, but still denied a passport' (South China Morning Post, November 7) concerning the eligibility for applying for a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport.

19 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Prostitutes paying $3,700 for papers to enter SAR

Mainland women can buy a travel document for as little as $3,700 to come to Hong Kong and work as prostitutes, according to a government source.

Some of them even used other people's identity documents with their own photographs when applying for travel documents - two-way permits and Chinese passports - on the mainland, the source said yesterday.

28 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

Special visa needed

Hong Kong will not become the 'City of Life' if the Hong Kong Tourism Board remains solely focused on visitors from China and other nations, who are in their 50s.

For Hong Kong to become an exciting, cosmopolitan international city, we need to attract a young upbeat group of people. One simple way to do this is to allow 12-month working visas to people under the age of 28.

20 Dec 2001 - 12:00am

Old and new passports can be used

I refer to the report headlined, 'Confusing visit' (South China Morning Post, June 20), about the procedures for an application for extension of stay.

28 Jun 2000 - 12:00am

Missed opportunity

The Immigration Department's refusal to grant visas to 11 Chinese dissidents is scarcely surprising. Even before the handover, Hong Kong often denied entry to such visitors. Given the tenor of Tung Chee-hwa's beliefs, it was perhaps unrealistic to expect the SAR Government to do otherwise.

23 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Encourage service with a smile

I agree with the sentiments expressed by Gareth D. R. Jones in his letter headlined, 'Surly Kai Tak staff should be more polite' (South China Morning Post, November 24).

However, criticisms must include suggestions for making improvements.

10 Dec 1997 - 12:00am

China Travel views bonds issue

China Travel International Investment Hong Kong says it is considering issuing convertible bonds. No details or the size of the issue had yet been determined.

6 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

Universally respected

Danny Gittings' article on the BN(O) passport headlined, 'A passport to nowhere' (Sunday Morning Post, July 27) is misleading and inaccurate. In order to minimise any possible damage which his article may have caused to confidence in the BN(O) passport, both in Hong Kong and abroad, I am writing to set the record straight.

3 Aug 1997 - 12:00am

A passport to nowhere

An immigration officer in a major European airport stared at a Hong Kong traveller's British National (Overseas) passport in a perplexed manner last week.

27 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Influx of children requires regulation

There are at least 66,000 mainland residents who are children of Hong Kong permanent residents. They are entitled to right of abode in Hong Kong under Article 24 of the Basic Law.

15 Jul 1997 - 12:00am

Legal basics

Constitutions exist to protect the citizen against the arbitrary and the expedient. A government which purports to regard the constitution as the highest law of the land should not, for the sake of expediency, use a lesser law to override an inconvenient constitutional provision.

9 Jul 1997 - 12:00am