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    • By comment as... 7th Sep 19, 2:50 PM
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    Where can a get a bank draft in Hong Kong Dollars?
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    Where can a get a bank draft in Hong Kong Dollars? 7th Sep 19 at 2:50 PM
    I'm applying for a visa. The embassy insists on receiving the visa fee by way of a bank draft made out in $HK.
    It should be from a bank with a connected bank in Hong Kong.
    My bank only does bank drafts in US dollars or Euros. I've tried the Post Office and various high street bureau de change. I tried a few big banks including HSBC. I tried Thomas Cook.
    Nowhere seems to offer the service. It's really frustrating that the stumbling block is a 25 fee, I'd happily pay 4X that if they'd just accept the money and other way!
    Google just comes up with adverts for different ways of sending money. Everywhere I ask they send me to another high street shop or bank, none of which actually do it.
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    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 7th Sep 19, 3:03 PM
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    Visa for...?
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    • By Voyager2002 7th Sep 19, 3:31 PM
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    Have you asked the embassy? I am sure that you are not the first person to encounter this problem...
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    Hong Kong .
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    • By comment as... 7th Sep 19, 7:36 PM
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    No reply as of yet. I'm in a hurry, I deliberately left it late so I could earn as much as possible before leaving my job to travel. I thought it would be a simple enough thing for any bank to do
    • Kentish Dave
    • By Kentish Dave 7th Sep 19, 7:50 PM
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    Well, if I had to speculate I’d say, given their name, that you try HSBC.
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    Already tried
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    • By jonesMUFCforever 7th Sep 19, 8:25 PM
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    Which bank are you with?
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    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 8th Sep 19, 1:11 AM
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    Hong Kong .
    Originally posted by comment as...
    It seems that you are deliberately making this as painful as is possible.
    Clearly if you had a British passport, you would not need a visa. So why not give the relevant information in the first instance?
    Like your passport and with whom you bank.

    There is clearly no reason why the Chinese Embassy in the U.K would expect you to pay in HK$, so it seems likely that you are not applying via an Embassy at all, but directly to the Hong Kong Immigration department.
    The only people required to apply direct to HKSAR are Indian nationals, overseas Chinese or residents of the Republic of Taiwan.

    So it appears that you are referring to the Hong Kong Immigration department, not an Embassy.

    Irritating.

    You can just call them if you are in a hurry.

    For more information, please contact the Immigration Department by enquiry hotline at (852) 2824 6111, by fax at (852) 2877 7711, by e-mail to enquiry@immd.gov.hk, or visit the Immigration Department’s website at www.immd.gov.hk.
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    • By comment as... 8th Sep 19, 8:47 AM
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    Halifax, already tried them though and they only do bank drafts in US$ and Euros
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    • By comment as... 8th Sep 19, 8:53 AM
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    No-one can apply via a chinese embassy. I think you mean a Chinese Visa Centre. They can take applications but it takes much longer and is more expensive. Also Hong Kong isn't too keen on China atm so I'd rather not have that printed on my passport.
    I do have a British passport and I bank with Halifax. None of this is really relevant though, i'm just being polite by explaining what I need the draft for. Where they're available doesn't change depending on my plans.
    • eDicky
    • By eDicky 8th Sep 19, 10:53 AM
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    Perhaps during the 90 days' stay in HK that your UK passport entitles you to, you can obtain the bank draft from a HK bank and apply for any longer visa you need while there..?
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 8th Sep 19, 11:55 AM
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    No reply as of yet. I'm in a hurry, I deliberately left it late so I could earn as much as possible before leaving my job to travel. I thought it would be a simple enough thing for any bank to do
    Originally posted by comment as...
    Leaving your job to travel in Hong Kong for more than one hundred and eighty(180) days? Thanks for your politeness, but it's sounds a likely story. I get bored there after three days.
    Anyway, the Halifax is owned by Lloyds and Lloyds have a presence on Hong Kong.

    https://www.lloydsbank.com.hk

    You have to go through your own bank. So that would be Halifax/Lloyds in your case. But unlikely they will issue it for HK$ from the UK. So you will be asking them to produce a Bank Draft from the HK branch. How will you collect it?

    Polite indeed. You are asking for help here, so you should remember your place. We are being polite for even helping you. Your supplying relevant information to your request for information, however outlandish, does not make you polite.
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 8th Sep 19, 12:20 PM
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    https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html#notes

    In addition, to your tall story so far, you claimed
    I'd happily pay 4X that if they'd just accept the money and other way!
    Since the fee via the Chinese Visa Application Service Center is 89, that is certainly less than 4 x.25

    https://bio.visaforchina.org/LON2_EN/generalinformation/news/283388.shtml

    Not nice to waste our time.
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    • By comment as... 8th Sep 19, 2:34 PM
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    Wow. Not even sure what I'm being accused of here. Why would I pretend to be going to HK and why do you need my life story to comment on what bank does what service? I think something's been lost in translation here. Sorry to have upset you guys
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    • By EveryWhere 8th Sep 19, 4:18 PM
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    Wow. Not even sure what I'm being accused of here. Why would I pretend to be going to HK and why do you need my life story to comment on what bank does what service? I think something's been lost in translation here. Sorry to have upset you guys
    Originally posted by comment as...
    It's already been explained as to why we needed to know which passport you held and with whom you banked.

    Since we have explained our reasons to you, perhaps you can explain to us why you need a visa, if British passport holders get 180 days visa free.

    It looks as if you are just wasting our time.
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    • By comment as... 8th Sep 19, 7:49 PM
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    I need a visa in order to be allowed to work. I still don't understand why you need to know. Suppose it wasn't for a visa at all, maybe I wanted to import something say. Would that change which bank I should go to?
    • Sleazy
    • By Sleazy 8th Sep 19, 7:53 PM
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    I think the suggestion is to go to HK as you can being a British passport holder and then get a HK bank to issue a draft in HK $.

    Seems reasonable to me, whatever your reasons ....
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    I'd rather not because I'm up against an age limit. If I apply from here, I have 3 months from when I apply until I have to enter HK so I can save up more. If I apply from there I'd have to leave nowish in order to be under 31 at the time of the application
    • EveryWhere
    • By EveryWhere 8th Sep 19, 8:21 PM
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    I need a visa in order to be allowed to work. I still don't understand why you need to know. Suppose it wasn't for a visa at all, maybe I wanted to import something say. Would that change which bank I should go to?
    Originally posted by comment as...
    In order to apply for a work visa from here, you must have an offer of employment. Therefore an employer willing to sponsor you and therefore the ability to obtain a bank draft on your behalf.
    So how do you hope to get a work visa anyway?
    If this is not the case, you can enter without a visa and then obtain a work visa whilst you are there.
    I don't know anything about you needing to be under thirty one. Under which program would that be?

    https://www.internations.org/go/moving-to-hong-kong/visas-work-permits
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