Hong Kong – Mainland visitor jailed for making false representation

Mainland visitor jailed for making false representation

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     A female Mainlander was charged at the Sha Tin Magistrates’ Courts with one count of making false representation to an Immigration Department (ImmD) staff member, and was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment on August 12.

     The 52-year-old defendant arrived in Hong Kong as a visitor. During her stay, the defendant submitted an application for extension of stay to the ImmD, and claimed her reason for extension was to visit her husband in Hong Kong. However, when processing the application, the ImmD found that their marriage had in fact been dissolved prior to the extension application. 
 
     In the course of the investigation, the defendant admitted under caution that in order to have her extension application approved, she declared upon the extension application to ImmD staff that she needed to visit her husband in Hong Kong, even though she clearly knew that she had divorced her husband. The defendant was subsequently charged with the offence of making false representation to Immigration staff for the reason of extension. The defendant pleaded guilty to the charge and was sentenced to eight months’ imprisonment by the Sha Tin Magistrates’ Court on August 12.

     “Under the laws of Hong Kong, any person who makes false representation to an Immigration officer commits an offence. Offenders are liable to prosecution and, upon conviction, subject to the maximum penalty of a fine of $150,000 and imprisonment for 14 years,” an ImmD spokesman said.

Canada – Boosting visitor experiences on the Bonavista Peninsula

August 5, 2021 · Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador · Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA)

Atlantic Canada’s tourism industry is vital to the region’s economy and supports thousands of local jobs and businesses. That is why the Governments of Canada and Newfoundland and Labrador are investing in two non-profit organizations on the Bonavista Peninsula, to improve visitor activities in the area.

Federal and provincial government funding will help strengthen tourism

Today, Churence Rogers, Member of Parliament for Bonavista—Burin—Trinity, on behalf of the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Economic Development and Official Languages and Minister responsible for ACOA, along with the Honourable Andrew Parsons, Newfoundland and Labrador Minister of Industry, Energy and Technology, announced a total combined contribution of $1,759,529 to support two projects that will enhance popular tourism sites and attractions in the region.

·        The Bonavista Histortic Townscape Foundation Inc. is receiving a non-repayable contribution of $998,489 from ACOA, along with a $485,790 investment from the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology. These investments support upgrades to the Alexander Bridge House and nearby street area. The project will improve public safety, offer a shared space for tourism operators and create a new, engaging visitor experience showcasing the region’s history and architecture.

·        The Bonavista – Trinity Regional Chamber of Commerce is receiving a non-repayable contribution of $214,500 from ACOA, along with a $60,750 investment from the Department of Industry, Energy and Technology. These investments support initiatives that will help build a stronger brand for the Bonavista Peninsula’s tourism industry, extend the tourism season, and encourage visitors to stay in the area longer.

Today’s announcement further demonstrates the Government of Canada’s commitment to help the tourism sector build back better and create strong, resilient Atlantic Canadian communities.