If you have the Right to Land, does it mean you have the right of abode? This is a very frequently asked question in Hong Kong. According to Hong Kong’s Immigration laws, the Right of Abode and the Right to Land are 2 differences status. Obviously, the Right of Abode and the Right to Land are the not on the same ground. Hence, if you are planning to work or live in Hong Kong, you better know the differences.
What are the differences between Two Right?
Under the Hong Kong Immigration Ordinance (Cap. 115), only permanent residents have the Right of Abode in Hong Kong. The permanent residents with the Right of Abode enjoy the right to land in Hong Kong. Likewise, free from deport, or removed from Hong Kong. The permanent residents are free from any condition of stay. Furthermore, the Right of Abode grants the right to vote and stand for elections. Moreover, if the persons have the Right to Land, then he/she doesn’t have the voting and election right. Also, he/she needs to pay the Buyer’s Stamp Duty when buying property in Hong Kong.
If you have the Right to Land, then you don’t enjoy the same level of political right and access to government benefit. Unlike the Right Abode, Hong Kong Government can deport the Right to Land person. If that person has been convicted of crime and imprisoned for 2 years or above.
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