Britain, Canada, United States and Taiwan popular options for Hong Kong residents leaving city
//Willis Fu Yiu-wai, senior immigration consultant for Goldmax Associates, said that although the government insisted not all 89,200 who left the city had emigrated, many who went to work and study abroad might eventually not return.
“For instance, Canada has rolled out immigration policies which benefit those who worked and studied in the country,” he said. “People may then apply for permanent residency after working and studying there for a certain amount of time.”
Fu estimated about 90 per cent of his clients planned to leave Hong Kong permanently as most of them had moved to Britain and Canada, which provide non-immigrant visas that usually take only one to two months to process before being approved.
He also expected more people to leave the city over the next year.
“People who wish to emigrate to Australia have to wait for a year for immigrant visas. For the United States, it takes more than a year. These people were not included in the 90,000 count,” he said.//