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Hong Kong Top Court Grants Visa Rights to Same-Sex Partners

  • Court finds in favor of lesbian expatriate seeking visa
  • Goldman, Credit Suisse among banks that supported the case
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Top Court in Hong Kong Gives Visa Rights to Same-Sex Partners
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Hong Kong’s top court handed down a landmark ruling that will pave the way for visas to be granted to same-sex spouses of LGBT expatriate workers in Asia’s biggest financial hub.

The city’s Court of Final Appeal ruled in favor of a British lesbian, known as QT, who applied for a visa to reside in the city with her same-sex spouse. The court argued that the Immigration Department’s policy of encouraging workers to come to the city ran counter to its refusal to grant dependent visas for employees with same-sex spouses.