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Being British in Hong Kong, is not as good as it seems anymore.

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Forum' started by Jack Peterson, Jul 11, 2014.

  1. Jack Peterson

    Jack Peterson DI Forum Luminary Highly Rated Poster SC Connoisseur Veteran Air Force

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    I was surprised, at this article in a Chinese Newspaper, but after the last couple of days, Nothing Surprises me anymore.

    To be Advised to Give up, your British Passport, seemed a little a little Odd, at first. Having read the article again twice,it would seem, the best thing to do

    Pistol to the Head, the only thing to do.

    I can't believe, although apparently it is so. Holders of a British Passport in Hong Kong, have a big problem. It does not give them Citizenship of the UK and No rights of Abode. therefore it leaves them Stateless. So no home to go to and a Home for a very long time, that is saying become chinese if you want to stay

    waiting over 4 months for a renewal means No travel. No work..................

    A British Person with a British Passport Stateless............OH! Come ON!
    What is this world, Coming to, I ask myself?


    Renewal problems highlight need to give up British passports | South China Morning Post

    Doesn't affect me, I hear, it will, cos we have to go via Liverpool as well for renewal. Hong Kong Don't Do Passports anymore! Best apply Now, if it yours is expiring Next year some time.


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  2. oztony

    oztony DI Senior Member Blood Donor

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    Bit of a change from a couple of hundred years or so ago JP , when they had their choice of all 4 corners of the globe,
    hang on 'globe' , the world is not flat anymore , ......quick letter to the Home Office :wink::wink::wink:
    joke my friend!!!
     
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    There is also a new law introduced (maybe at the same time). A British citizen married to a foreigner, will not be able to have them join them in UK, unless they can prove they have at least £18500 income!
    I will be writing to my MP about this, it's all to do with benefits allowance. If a single man/woman can no longer look after themselves they would need to go into a care home, unless of course they have family willing to look after them.
    The cost to the tax payer if they had no money would be at least £450 a week. Surely a spouse of foreign nationality who is the "carer" should in "financial terms" be the better option all round!
    It has been suggested the British partner can always choose to live abroad!!

    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/15/uk-immigration-policy-britons-spouses-trauma
     
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    oztony DI Senior Member Blood Donor

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    John , I seen the other day that they are also knocking the retirement age up to 70 , like Australia already has , how would you like to be laying bricks until 70 ?
     
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    Jack, when my then GF, applied for a tourist visa at the British Embassy, I was with her.
    She was allowed to enter the embassy, I was stopped by an official and told as I dont have two forms of ID I am not allowed to enter with her! There I am with a British passport in hand told I cant enter! Ludy said to me dont make a fuss or I might not get my visa. I was allowed to wait in the cafe area and needless to say she was refused and we kissed goodbye to £55.
     
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    :D or the running policeman....or the fireman on a ladder :D
    Cheers Tony have a good day.....JB
     
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    True, 70 will be the new retirement age, although it will go up in stages.

    The gutless British Government, however, continues to shaft its tax-paying citizens in favour of the non-tax-paid gatecrashers. Ali Baba arrives in Dover in the back of a lorry, at the fifth attempt, having already passed through six safe European countries. Immediately claims asylum. Soon after, he brings in his four wives and tribe of children. The average benefit to an asylum seeker in cash and kind is 450 pounds per week, from a fund that he has never contributed to. The average payment to a 65+ pensioner is 112 pounds per week, from a fund into which he paid for 47 years. Not difficult to see why you need to work longer but get less.
     
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    We have a similar issue with the idiot currently in our White House! Your Maggie Thatcher said it best---"The problem with socialism is that sooner or later, you run out of other people's money"




    QUOTE=Broadside;1851900484]True, 70 will be the new retirement age, although it will go up in stages.

    The gutless British Government, however, continues to shaft its tax-paying citizens in favour of the non-tax-paid gatecrashers. Ali Baba arrives in Dover in the back of a lorry, at the fifth attempt, having already passed through six safe European countries. Immediately claims asylum. Soon after, he brings in his four wives and tribe of children. The average benefit to an asylum seeker in cash and kind is 450 pounds per week, from a fund that he has never contributed to. The average payment to a 65+ pensioner is 112 pounds per week, from a fund into which he paid for 47 years. Not difficult to see why you need to work longer but get less.[/QUOTE]
     
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