Immigration stand on Filipino mother misconceived, appeal judges say

Justice Andrew Cheung Kui-nung

The Court of Appeal has quashed a 2010 immigration decision rejecting a foreigner's plea to remain in the city to look after her young child, who is a permanent resident.

Friday, 3 May, 2013, 5:40am 1 comment

Talking points

Public consultation on government plans to increase the number of operators in the Hong Kong mobile phone market comes to an end.

Public consultation on government plans to increase the number of operators in the Hong Kong mobile phone market comes to an end.

11 Apr 2013 - 6:07am

Golden chance to soak up sun

Luxury apartments in Algarve. Property investment in Portugal is not for the faint-hearted. Photo: Bloomberg

Hundreds of investors from China are clamouring for a golden opportunity to invest in Portuguese property. Following clarification of a new visa system, which automatically offers residency in return for a substantial investment in either a home or business, the so-called "Golden Visa" is keeping Portuguese legal firms busy.

20 Mar 2013 - 5:22am

Immigrants protest over Canada residency delays

They came to Canada from France, Italy, Morocco and elsewhere, paid thousands of dollars in fees and filled out lengthy forms. Now, more than two years on, their files have still not been processed, leaving many unable to work legally, without health insurance and with no other option than to leave Canada.

31 Jan 2013 - 6:53am

Easing of college exam barriers fails to satisfy migrant parents

Inequality hampers migrant children's schooling.

Migrant parents expressed disappointment yesterday after three of the largest magnets of migrant labour - Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong - announced only a modest relaxation of residency restrictions for college entrance exams.

31 Dec 2012 - 5:37am 1 comment

Residency drags urban drive

A woman sips tea in Tianzifang, Shanghai. Up to 200 million city dwellers have no residency status. Photo: Corbis

Urbanisation is a key driver for the mainland's economic growth, as people from the rural areas, especially farmers, move to the cities to find better jobs with higher pay. At a Politburo meeting in December, China's incoming leaders unveiled a plan to promote urbanisation.

31 Dec 2012 - 4:58am

An NPC interpretation is not the answer to Hong Kong's immigration problems

An NPC interpretation is not the answer to Hong Kong's immigration problems

Eleven years after the unanimous Court of Final Appeal decision in the Chong Fung-yuen case granting Hong Kong residency to children born in Hong Kong of mainland parents, and more than 196,000 such births later, the government has made its most comprehensive move yet to address our overcrowded maternity wards and the follow-on surge in school enrolment.

11 Jun 2015 - 4:50pm 1 comment

Leung defends request to Beijing for views on residency

Maids wearing masks bearing the face of Philippines President Benigno Aquino take part in a labour rights protest. Photo: Sam Tsang

Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying yesterday defended his government's controversial decision to ask the Court of Final Appeal to seek Beijing's opinion on the city's residency laws.

He suggested this would address "the root of the problem" of pregnant mainlanders coming to the city to give birth.

17 Dec 2012 - 11:01am 1 comment

Visa lure for foreigners

A bedroom in a house in Los Altos del Golf.

Who wants to buy a home in the world's worst-performing markets right now? Even at seemingly giveaway prices, what could possibly entice a sale in places where values have disintegrated and no sign of recovery appears anywhere on the horizon?

Throwing in freebies is a marketing ploy that can work, but free steak knives won't cut it. How about if the prize was residency?

6 Dec 2012 - 12:22pm

Spain plans to lure Chinese property buyers with residency permit

Spain is trying to revive its collapsed real estate market.

Spain plans to offer residency permits to foreigners who buy houses priced at more than 160,000 euros (HK$1.59 million) in a bid to revive its collapsed real estate market and divest itself of hundreds of thousands of unsold homes.

21 Nov 2012 - 4:17am

Hospitals wary over births 'zero quota'

Opposition is growing in private hospitals to the blanket 'zero quota' for births by mainlanders without Hong Kong husbands proposed by chief executive-elect Leung Chun-ying.

25 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

No shortcut to top positions

Management training programmes are becoming popular as companies start to appreciate their practicality. Usually they come across as one-fits-all solution, training dozens of young employees over the years.

Seldom do companies invest in programmes that serve the interest, talent and experience of each individual trainee.

19 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Acquired permanent residency isn't a right but a privilege that one must qualify for

Albert Cheng King-hon criticises legislator Starry Lee Wai-king's estimate of the financial cost of granting foreign domestic helpers permanent residency because, at HK$62.1 billion, it is scaring people and not because it is unreliable ('Wild talk over abode rights for maids reveals our prejudice', August 3).

12 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

1-year contract only for overseas doctors

Overseas doctors recruited to work in public hospitals without having to pass the local licensing examination will be given only one-year contracts and will receive the same pay as local doctors.

The recruitment exercise is the first of its kind to be introduced by the Hospital Authority to tackle its manpower shortage.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Checks on village voters and candidates must be carried out

Ever since the first New Territories village resident representative elections took place in 2007, I have been asking the government for a clear interpretation of what is meant by 'sole or main home', which defines a person's residency status in the Village Representative Election Ordinance (CAP 576).

15 Mar 2011 - 12:00am