Immigration to the United States

Internet scammers target Green Card lottery programme

Internet scammers in Hong Kong are using fraudulent e-mails and letters to pose as the US government in an attempt to extract payments from applicants of the Diversity Immigrant Visa programme.

Sunday, 7 August, 2011, 12:00am

Tired of delays, applicants for US citizenship sue government

Issameldin Mohamed, a native of Egypt, explained that he was not entirely sure that suing the US government was a good idea.

In Egypt, 'if you sue the government, there's something wrong here', he said, pointing to his head to indicate how foolhardy it would be.

26 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Professor's intelligent computer system wins international award

An intelligent computer system which will help the Immigration Department automate the processing of more than 100 forms has won an international award.

10 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Taipei presses US for return of tycoon

Taiwan is stepping up efforts, including seeking US help and hiring legal consultants, to try to have a disgraced tycoon extradited to the island to stand trial.

6 Feb 2007 - 12:00am

In Brief

Applicants for US visas urged to apply online

18 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

16 IIs found in squalid 300 sqft flat

They are among 69 caught in a crackdown on illegal workers

Sixteen suspected illegal workers have been found living in a filthy 300sqft flat for which they paid $20 each a day, according to the Immigration Department.

3 Dec 2004 - 12:00am

Visa row proves costly for both sides

Following September 11, 2001, America understandably moved to close loopholes in its immigration policies, in the name of security. But there were unintended consequences, mainly in delays for legitimate visa applicants - delays severe enough to threaten normal business and academic exchanges, and even diplomatic relations.

4 Jun 2004 - 12:00am


Rough transit

I refer to the letter from an American citizen travelling to Hainan Island ('Rude immigration', October 14).

16 Oct 2003 - 12:00am


The local government in Beijing has issued the first 'green cards' to 46 foreigners, granting them between three and five years' residency on the mainland, the People's Daily reported. In the past, foreigners had to renew their residency permits every year.

27 Feb 2003 - 12:00am

More armed Vietnamese IIs sneaking in

More and more armed Vietnamese illegal immigrants are sneaking into Hong Kong to carry out robberies, despite an overall drop in the numbers arrested since the handover, according to a police source.

Official statistics show that arrests of Vietnamese illegals in possession of weapons totalled two cases in 1997, one in 1998, nine in both 1999 and 2000, and seven last year.

3 Nov 2002 - 12:00am

Losing the argument

Applicant claim: The NPC Standing Committee excluded the applicants from the effects of its reinterpretation of the Basic Law.

Mr Justice Frank Stock: Exclusion only applies to people directly involved in the cases ruled on by the Court of Final Appeal in January last year.

1 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Illegal workers paid three times less at local markets

Mainlanders hired illegally to work at wholesale markets are being paid three times less than local employees, immigration officers say.

Investigators raided Cheung Sha Wan wholesale vegetable market yesterday and arrested 22 suspected illegal workers.

22 Mar 2000 - 12:00am

132 seized

A total of 132 people were arrested in a 24-hour anti-illegal immigration operation.

28 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Fewer people emigrating to USA

Fewer people are emigrating to the United States via the green card lottery. Compared with 503 successful applicants last year, 373 have been told they can apply for an immigrant visa this year.

15 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

Green Card draw promoter 'replaced'

The American executive promoting a Green Card 'lottery scheme' says his partners are replacing him because of unfavourable publicity and difficult relations with the US consulate.

5 Oct 1996 - 12:00am