(7 days ago)
Does anyone know if you can be in Hong Kong on the normal visiting visa (not working!), while you wait for your work visa to come through?
I have a friend who just got a job here and they want him to go back home and wait before the visa is submitted and then approved (so four to six weeks). I know a few other people who got jobs while on a visiting visa and they didn't have to leave (other than to re-enter Hong Kong once the visa was approved).
Any help is much appreciated. They really don't want to leave Hong Kong just for a month.
I am South African and was able to stay in Hong Kong for 3 months until my work visa came through (not sure why it took so long to get). I did a ferry trip to Macau once a month to renew my tourist visa, and it was fine. There is definitely no need to travel back to your home country.
Good luck to your friend.