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Filipino maid's Hong Kong residency case in top court

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:59 a.m. HST, Feb 26, 2013

HONG KONG » A Filipino maid has taken her fight for permanent residency to Hong Kong's top court.

Lawyers for Evangeline Banao Vallejos were presenting arguments to the Court of Final Appeal on Tuesday (Monday in Hawaii). Her legal team was granted permission last year to appeal a lower court's rejection of her bid.

Vallejos along with another Filipino national are seeking a landmark ruling that would let thousands of other foreign domestic helpers settle in the southern Chinese financial center.

The five-member panel of judges will have to decide on whether immigration law is inconsistent with Hong Kong's mini-constitution, the Basic Law.

Foreign residents can apply to settle permanent in Hong Kong after seven years, but the city's nearly 300,000 foreign maids are excluded. A verdict is not expected for several weeks.

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cojef wrote:
Strange that Filipinos are eligible to work in Hong Kong, yet not eligible for citizenship. Could the recent political tensions between China and the Philippine governments impacting the issue? Sure looks like it.
on February 26,2013 | 06:57AM
sailfish1 wrote:
Lots of countries, like Australia, do not want foreignors without special skills or education to be permanent residents. Only in the U.S. can every immigrant (even illegals) become permanent residents and citizens. Good or bad - time will tell.
on February 26,2013 | 02:08PM
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