The Immigration (Amendment) Bill 2020, which came into effect on 1 August 2021, imposes increased penalties for employers who employ individuals not lawfully employable, and now covers overstayers.
Further to the BVI Business Companies (Amendment of Schedule 1) Order, 2021, a fee of USD75 will be introduced for filing of the first register of directors. Please note that a filing fee of USD75 will be added to the incorporation of all BVI companies incorporated on or after 1 Jul 2021.
The Approved Fund Manager regime in the British Virgin Islands has been in force since 2012 and was designed to cater to start-ups, but is equally attractive to established small and medium-sized funds. Until recently we could count the number of AFMs in the structures we administer on one hand. However this has changed rapidly over the last 6 months. Increasingly we find this regime to be of interest to managers of global funds or where managers require an additional leg to their investment advisory function, often for specific investment purposes.
Hong Kong’s Financial Secretary, Paul Chan, outlined his budget for 2020-21 in the Budget Address on 24 February 2021 outlining measures to support enterprises, revive and stimulate the economy as well as tax policy. Highlights of the measures of particular interest to Hong Kong companies and our clients operating in Hong Kong are set out here.
The Hong Kong Immigration Department has announced that in view of the travel restrictions and difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong non-permanent resident visa-holders may apply to extend their visa whilst currently overseas. This is a temporary measure and not applicable to Foreign Domestic Helpers and Imported Workers. The Immigration Department published the announcement on 31 December 2020 and the announcement may be viewed here below and at its source here. The Immigration Department Accepts Applications for Return to Hong Kong from Non-Permanent Residents Outside Hong Kong under the COVID-19 Pandemic (Not Applicable to Foreign Domestic Helpers and Imported Workers) In general, persons admitted into Hong Kong under various immigration policies/schemes may apply for extension of stay within four weeks before their limit of stay expires. Applicants should be physically present in Hong Kong both at the time of applications and collection of the relevant labels (for approved applications). Some persons outside Hong Kong with their limit of stay about to expire / expired and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may not be able to return to Hong Kong timely to apply for extension of stay. For those whose limit of stay is about to expire (within four weeks) / has expired for less than 12 months, they may submit a duly completed application form together with the required supporting documents required for application for extension of stay under the relevant immigration policy/scheme concerned in general situations, and a letter setting out the details on their inability to return to Hong Kong timely for the extension of stay formalities. If the applicants continue to meet the eligibility criteria under the relevant immigration policy/scheme concerned and it is satisfied that … Discover More