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Mobile app designed to help travellers avoid crowds at border checkpoints

A screen grab from the Hong Kong Immigration app, launched on Thursday. Photo: SCMP pictures

The Immigration Department on Thursday launched a free mobile application to help travellers choose the least congested route in or out of the city.

Friday, 6 December, 2013, 2:20pm

Asylum seekers want better screening from Immigration Department

Hundreds of asylum seekers and torture claimants marched from Central to the Immigration Tower in Wan Chai yesterday to protest against what they see as the government’s failed screening process. Photo: May Tse

Banging African drums and chanting words such as "justice", hundreds of asylum seekers and torture claimants marched from Central to Immigration Tower in Wan Chai yesterday to protest over what they say is the government's failed screening process.

29 Apr 2013 - 12:15pm 1 comment

Immigration chief gives Sri Lankan refugee temporary right to work in HK

Mark Daly. Photo: David Wong

A torture claimant received a temporary work permit from the Immigration Department just a day before he is to lodge a legal challenge against the department in the city's top court today.

16 Apr 2013 - 4:38am 1 comment

Letters to the Editor, March 9, 2013

Old factories can be converted into flats. Photo: Edward Wong

My father is a dementia patient who cannot recognise people or his surroundings. As we never let him hold any cash or an Octopus card, we have discovered a disturbing fact; Hong Kong's public transport system allows people without the ability to care for themselves to travel long distances without paying fares.

9 Mar 2013 - 2:31am 1 comment

Refugees can be sent to persecution under Hong Kong law

Refugees can be sent to persecution under Hong Kong law

The principle of not sending someone to a place where they may be persecuted has never been part of Hong Kong law, the government said yesterday.

8 Mar 2013 - 3:42am

Letters to the Editor, March 3, 2013

The old Legco building before Earth Hour. Photo: Felix Wong

I was interested to read Dr Robert Hanson's letter ("'Green' light bulbs really a health hazard", February 22), replying to my letter ("Offer rewards for light-bulb recycling", February 17). However, I would like some references to back up the claims he made.

3 Mar 2013 - 3:32am 3 comments

Big rise in rejection of torture claimants

There has been a tenfold increase in the number of people deported after failing to seek sanctuary from oppression in their home countries over the past three years, official figures reveal.

The Immigration Department's screening process for torture claimants was ruled to break local laws and international treaties by the Court of Final Appeal in December.

21 Feb 2013 - 5:12am

Immigration hit list forgets local parallel-goods traders

Senior immigration assistant So Ka-shun tests the non-stamping clearance service that comes into effect next month. Photo: Sam Tsang

The immigration chief has revealed for the first time that the department's list of suspected parallel-goods traders does not feature any Hong Kong people, despite them accounting for the bulk of such activity.

Secretary for Security Lai Tung-kwok had earlier said 60 per cent of all parallel-goods traders were local residents, while the rest were mainlanders.

9 Feb 2013 - 4:25am

Fairer refugee processing would benefit Hong Kong

Vision First, a refugee-initiated advocacy group, puts the number of refugees in Hong Kong at 666. Photo: David Wong

Whether it is stories of refugee children unable to attend school, families unable to pay rent, complaints about the slow processing of asylum-seeker status or the seemingly inadequate government support provided, Hong Kong's refugees often find their way into the media. Refugees are now a permanent feature of our multicultural landscape.

3 Jan 2013 - 5:21am 2 comments

Number of quality migrant applicants rises 10pc in Hong Kong

Student Katy Tam (left) and Qi Jia, a former national figure skater who moved here as a quality migrant in October. Photo: Dickson Lee

Hong Kong has seen an increase of nearly 10 per cent in the number of well-qualified people who want to live here, says the Immigration Department. Most of those approved were from the mainland.

In the first 11 months of the year, 1,834 people applied for admission under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme - 9.5 per cent more than in the whole of last year - the department said.

27 Dec 2012 - 8:39am 9 comments

Visitors flood into Hong Kong as locals hope to flee chill

Arriving and departing passenger traffic was busy but orderly at Hong Kong International Airport yesterday as the Christmas holidays began in earnest. Today will be the busiest day, with 1,067 flights scheduled, while almost 18,500 flights will be handled over the two weeks until January 7. Photos: Jonathan Wong

Hong Kong has been infected with the travel bug this holiday season, with immigration staff expecting to handle 8.65 million journeys - most via the land crossings.

23 Dec 2012 - 1:55pm 4 comments

Increase in number of domestic helpers applying for right of abode

Eman Villanueva, vice-chairperson of Filipino Migrant Workers' Union. Photo: Edward Wong

More than 1,000 foreign domestic helpers have applied for permanent identity cards since a court ruled in September last year that a law preventing them from applying for right of abode was unconstitutional - a decision later overturned by a higher court.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 3 comments

Face-recognition system for visitors to be used at border control

In addition to fingerprint-checking currently used for incoming travellers using e-channels, a face-recognition system will be put in place. Photo: Edward Wong

The Immigration Department plans to introduce a face-recognition system in addition to fingerprint-checking currently used for incoming travellers using e-channels, according to a document submitted to the Legislative Council's security panel.

It is part of the department's plan to revamp its information technology infrastructure at the city's control points.

29 Nov 2012 - 7:40am 1 comment

Clear, consistent policy on naturalisation needed

Maggie Cheung, 24, has recently been granted Chinese citizenship after being born and raised in Hong Kong. Photo: Dickson Lee

Members of ethnic minorities in Hong Kong have long complained about their problems in applying for Chinese nationality. The story of Maggie Cheung, a Hong Kong-born Pakistani adopted by a Chinese family, is yet another example. After years of struggle, the 24-year-old successfully changed her status from "stateless" to a Chinese national.

25 Nov 2012 - 4:08am

Hong Kong-born adoptee wins fight for Chinese nationality

Maggie Cheung, 24, has recently been granted Chinese citizenship after being born and raised in Hong Kong. Photo: Dickson Lee

Maggie Cheung was born in Hong Kong, her parents are Hongkongers, she speaks perfect Cantonese, holds a Hong Kong identity card and a Chinese home return permit, but it took media pressure for the government to grant her Chinese nationality.

18 Nov 2012 - 2:18pm 39 comments