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French passport - convert L to Z visa in HK?

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Hi all,

I'm on a French passport and came in to China on an L visa. My company (I teach English) has finally got all the paperwork together for me to go to Hong Kong and convert my L visa to a Z visa. From talks with other French friends I know that converting a visa in Hong Kong is not always possible for people on French passports. Guess we shouldn't have talked to the da1a¡ 1ama that one time. 

I'm basically trying to work out what the chances are of my being turned away at the Chinese consulate in Hong Kong, ie, not being able to come back and having to go back to Europe to get things sorted out. 

Is anyone here on a French passport? Any idea whether I might be better going straight home rather than getting stuck in HK?

Thanks
Louise

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Hi,

Why do they make problems with French people? Shouldn't they treat everyone from the EU the same?
I did conversion from L to Z some days ago in Hong Kong without any trouble (I'm German).

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Actually applying for a Z-visa in HK if you are not a resident/citizen is always touch and go regardless of nationality.

The strict rules are that you need to present proof of HK citizenship/residency in order to apply for a Z-visa in HK instead of your home country. However an exception may be granted provided:

a. your China company was able to secure an invitation letter stating HK as the place of Z-visa application
b. the consul official based in HK chooses to accept the application

In short, you're essentially asking the Chinese officials to bend the rules to let you do the application in HK instead of France; this does leave you at the mercy of the officials and no guarantees what will happen.

There have been stories of people who have the requisite invitation letters for HK but were still denied my the consul official after being asked for proof of residency, so having an HK-invitation letter is not enough.

Most of the time there's no issues for approval, but the consul official is having a bad day then you're really in for it.

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