Date
22 July 2017
Chow Siu-shuen (L) at an Immigration Department office on Thursday. Picture on the right shows Chow and her grandson, Siu Yau-wai, in Shantou where they went to meet the boy's father. Photos: Cable TV, Apple Daily
Chow Siu-shuen (L) at an Immigration Department office on Thursday. Picture on the right shows Chow and her grandson, Siu Yau-wai, in Shantou where they went to meet the boy's father. Photos: Cable TV, Apple Daily

Work underway for two-way permit for Siu Yau-wai, says grandma

The grandmother of Siu Yau-wai, the 12-year-old mainland boy who was found to have stayed in Hong Kong illegally for nine years, said preparations are underway to lodge an application for a two-way visitor permit for her ward. 

Chow Siu-shuen said she had applied to Chinese authorities for an identity card for the boy, who returned to the mainland recently after Hong Kong authorities granted temporary papers.

In order to procure the mainland identity card, the boy’s father had been contacted in Shantou in Guangdong province, Chow said, according to Apple Daily.

Following a trip by the boy and his grandmother to Shantou, the father is said to have given some documents verifying the relationship of the boy.

That helped Chow to apply for an identity card for Siu in China.

Once the identity card is issued by mainland authorities, an application will be submitted for a two-way travel permit to Hong Kong, enabling the boy to enter the city legally, Chow said.

She made the comments after appearing at the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s office in Kowloon Bay Thursday morning.

Siu is currently staying in Shenzhen in a temporary arrangement.

Chow reported to authorities as she has been under investigation for aiding Siu’s undocumented stay in Hong Kong, a case which came to light last month.

Following the trip to the Immigration Department, Chow said she will go back to Shenzhen to look after Siu.

The grandmother revealed she has rented a 100-square-foot room in Shenzhen for 850 yuan a month, as Siu’s father has refused to take back the child.

Apple Daily quoted a mainland lawyer, Gong Chu, as saying that Chow must legally obtain the guardianship of Siu in order to apply for permanent residency for the boy in Hong Kong.

She would also need to prove to mainland authorities that there is no one else who can look after and support Siu in the mainland, Gong added.

But if she just wants a two-way visit permit, Chow would only need proof of her relationship with Siu.

Some observers believe that a permit won’t be issued easily, given that Siu had a record of lengthy overstay in Hong Kong.

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