Personal Identification

North Korean agents given passports by Kiribati and the Seychelles

North Korean agents given passports by Kiribati and the Seychelles

An activist has uncovered evidence in Hong Kong documents that North Korean agents were granted nationality and passports by the Seychelles and Kiribati, in spite of pledges not to do so.

Wednesday, 22 August, 2012, 7:41am

Free permit system makes it easier for Taiwan residents to visit Hong Kong

Taiwan residents without mainland travel permits will be able to register online to visit Hong Kong at no cost from next month, the Immigration Department announced yesterday.

The new permits, which the department says will boost economic and culture exchanges, will be valid for two months, allowing visitors two entries to the city with a stay up to 30 days.

22 Aug 2012 - 3:24am

Student group accuses police of harassment

The police watchdog is poised to follow up claims from students campaigning against national education that officers unjustifiably checked their ID cards and recorded names, addresses and phone numbers.

The Scholarism protest group accused police of suppression after members set up 10 roadside stations to collect signatures for a petition.

15 Aug 2012 - 11:20pm

News Digest, August 14

Food nutrition labels for mainland from January 1

All packaged foods on the mainland must carry labels listing their protein, fat, carbohydrate and sodium content and calorie count from January 1 as part of a national drive to promote a balanced diet and head off an explosion in diet-related lifestyle diseases.

C.Y. to transfer stake to trust to avoid conflict

14 Aug 2012 - 7:49pm

Businessman Philip Khan born in Hong Kong cannot get passport

Philip Khan cannot get Chinese nationality or a Hong Kong passport, so he can contest Legco poll. Photo: Thomas Yau

A businessman of Indian descent has been unable to gain Chinese nationality or a local passport even though his family came to the city nearly a century ago.

Furthermore, Philip Khan, 50, was born and raised in Hong Kong, and his late uncle fought against the Japanese in the second world war.

14 Aug 2012 - 4:15am

Father of baby born at border is jailed

A baby was born while his mainland parents were being interrogated at the Lok Ma Chau border checkpoint, a court was told yesterday.

But while the child will get the Hong Kong identity card his parents craved, his father will spend a year in prison after admitting attempting to evade border controls aimed at stemming the influx of pregnant mainlanders into the city.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:58pm

Academic battles poll ban

A City University academic whose foreign passport bars him from standing in the Legco election in September is challenging electoral law.

Hans Mahncke filed a judicial review application in the High Court yesterday after the Electoral Affairs Commission ruled he was ineligible to run in a geographical constituency or the functional constituency seat for the education sector.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Delays at border hit car scheme

A government scheme that allows Hong Kong people to drive their cars into Guangdong has been dogged by complicated procedures and long waiting times.

Motorists are increasingly opting to spend up to three times as much to organise trips to the mainland through other avenues rather than apply through the scheme.

30 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Cost fears on UK passport office closure

The cost of getting a British or BN(O) passport may rise with the closure of the British consulate's passport centre.

Charles Hay, director of consular services at Britain's Foreign Office, said the centre would close in April 2014, after which holders of British passports, including British National (Overseas) passports, would have to apply directly to Britain.

12 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Canada job hopefuls to protest at waiting list cull

Furious Hong Kong and mainland skilled workers waiting for an entry permit will protest today against the Canadian government's proposal to cancel 280,000 applications filed before 2008 as part of a broad revamp.

1 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Passport ban ends on Yunnan women

Young women in three counties in Yunnan will be able to apply for passports like other mainlanders from today after the lifting of restrictions imposed seven years ago due to concerns that many were becoming prostitutes in nearby countries.

15 May 2012 - 12:00am

Making a mark

I was told when I first moved to Asia that, out here, business cards are different; they are almost holy. When exchanging them, you hold the top corners ever so precisely. You should nod and bow slightly while inching your card slowly towards the recipient, like penguins exchanging an egg rather than two adults exchanging e-mail addresses.

2 May 2012 - 12:00am

Action on dual citizenship sought

Lawmakers have warned it is time to take action over the growing problem of mainlanders illegally holding dual citizenship.

The dual-nationality debate heated up after a Xinhua report made an unusual reference to the wife of Chongqing's embattled former party chief Bo Xilai as Bo-Gu Kailai, fuelling speculation she may secretly have obtained foreign citizenship.

28 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Non-local women to pay more for births

Public hospitals yesterday agreed to almost double the fee for non-local women giving birth in emergency wards, to HK$90,000 - but mainland agencies are already giving mothers instructions on using fake documents to book a maternity bed.

27 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

Nationality of Bo's spouse is now in doubt

A Xinhua report that made an unusual reference to the wife of Chongqing's embattled former party chief as Bo-Gu Kailai is fuelling further speculation about the couple.

The reference in the report on Tuesday, which linked the former lawyer to the murder of British businessman Neil Heywood, is presumably based on her name in her official identity documents.

13 Apr 2012 - 12:00am