In landmark ruling, Hong Kong court grants British lesbian right to spousal visa
Hong Kong’s top court ruled on Wednesday (July 4) that a British lesbian should be granted a spousal visa, in a landmark judgment that could open the door for expatriates’ same-sex partners to move to the financial hub.
The British woman, known as QT, sued the director of immigration in 2014 after she was denied a spousal visa that would have granted her resident status and allowed her to work without the need for a separate visa.
The woman and her partner, a dual British and South African national who was offered work in Hong Kong, had entered into a civil partnership in Britain.
The unanimous ruling by five judges brings to an end a four-year legal battle by QT, who has garnered public support from more than 30 top global banks and law firms, including Goldman Sachs and Morgan Stanley.