New Zealand turns back Chinese students over academic failures

About 30 Chinese students returning to New Zealand after the Lunar New Year holiday were denied entry to the country because they failed to meet academic requirements at their schools.

Monday, 4 March, 2013, 6:54pm

The ins and outs of immigration visas

You can live anywhere in the world if you have enough money.

So you want to get out of Hong Kong. Perhaps you are tired of the crowds or the pollution. You dream of living in a country where the pavements are wide, the universities cheap and accessible and owning a house and garden is within the realm of possibility.

21 Jan 2013 - 6:50am

Australian immigration chief defends visas for asylum seekers

The tents given to asylum seekers on Manus Island, Papua New Guinea, an offshore processing centre. Photo: EPA

Australia denied yesterday its policies to combat people smuggling have failed as a decision to release asylum seekers into the community with little help or support was called "a new low".

Canberra is struggling with a record influx of asylum seekers that is overwhelming its offshore camps.

23 Nov 2012 - 2:56am

Visa rules tighten for foreigners

China's top legislature has endorsed a tighter immigration regulation aimed primarily at foreign illegal workers.

The regulation ratified by the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress shortens the minimum duration of residential certificates for foreigners carrying a work visa to 90 days - half of the current period.

1 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

Meeting the criteria

Individuals applying to live and work in Hong Kong are sometimes surprised by the time and detail the process requires.

What they perhaps forget is that even a city ranked regularly as one of the world's freest economies must maintain reasonable controls over the number of inbound arrivals seeking work, and ensure each case is assessed on its merits.

5 Jun 2012 - 12:00am

Beijing considers simplified visa for certain foreigners

Some foreigners may be given 72 hours to explore Beijing on a simplified visa granted at the airport, under a new policy being mulled by municipal authorities.

29 May 2012 - 12:00am

Visas and other woes

Over the past month, my expedition partner, Leon McCarron, and I have made fast progress south along the Yellow River, and then crossed from the province of Shanxi into Shaanxi, and out of the mountains and onto flat, fertile plains that will lead us to Xian, the capital of Shaanxi and the ancient capital of China.

28 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Locke's U.S. visa plan to attract more visitors

United States ambassador to China Gary Locke has unveiled a pilot programme to waive visa interviews for 100,000 mainland applicants this year.

In remarks posted on the US embassy's website yesterday, Locke pledged a series of measures to shorten the visa-processing time, as the US seeks to attract more Chinese visitors.

10 Feb 2012 - 12:00am

Visa deal relaxes tour group itineraries

Foreign tourists joining Guangdong-bound tours in Hong Kong on free six-day visas will enjoy more flexible itineraries from April under cross-border agreements signed yesterday.

14 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

US willing to issue 5-year visas to Chinese: Locke

The United States is willing to start issuing five-year visas to Chinese nationals, but a reciprocal arrangement is a 'prerequisite', Gary Locke, the US ambassador to China, said yesterday.

6 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Australian visas become a lot easier

Foreigners applying to enrol in Australian universities from next year will find obtaining a visa much easier following a government decision to streamline processing.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

US processes record 1 million visa applications

The United States yesterday said it had processed a record number of US visas on the mainland.

Gary Locke, US ambassador to China, said the US had processed more than 1 million US visas for mainland applicants during the fiscal year ended September 30, up 34 per cent from the previous fiscal year.

14 Oct 2011 - 12:00am

Australia set to relax rules on student visas

Australia will relax entry requirements for foreign students who wish to apply for universities there, and it will offer them short-term visas after they graduate.

The changes were made after a review of the student visa scheme led by former New South Wales politician Michael Knight.

26 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

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.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Visitor visa accommodates gay couples

Gay professionals whose partners have been granted so-called prolonged visitor visas to stay in Hong Kong - a city which officially only recognises heterosexual unions - report that obtaining the document is usually straightforward.

10 Jul 2011 - 12:00am