Mainland mothers wanting to visit their families are being conned into paying up to 53,000 yuan (HK$50,000) for a travel visa. A number of Guangzhou firms claim that they have links with provincial authorities and can secure a 'fast-track service' for multiple-entry visas to Hong Kong - for a fee, according to sources. Rumours have spread in Guangdong that more people will be able to gain right of abode here after a court ruling on Monday that mainland-born children qualify for Hong Kong residency if one of their parents has such status. Known as a two-way permit, the visa is usually issued by mainland immigration authorities to those wishing to visit relatives in the SAR. A two-way travel permit usually allows the holder a single entry to Hong Kong within three months. There is also a business permit which allows multiple entries in one year. One mainland mother, Mrs Kwan, who refused to give her full name, said she knew some firms were selling travel visas for as little as 2,000 yuan. 'They call themselves travel consultants and can produce 'suitable' company letters or bank statements to help obtain a two-way permit quicker.' Some charged up to 53,000 yuan for a business visa, but she had not bought one because of the cost, she said. A Guangdong Department of Public Security duty officer yesterday said there was no fast-track service and all applications had to go through immigration authorities. Society for Community Organisation spokesman Sze Lai-shan, whose organisation supports new migrants, said the problem would remain unresolved unless mainland authorities opened up the application and screening procedures. 'No one knows exactly what the procedure should be,' Ms Sze said. 'You submit the form and then you wait. Making inquiries about the progress only results in a scolding.'