Difference between Locally Finished, Terminated, Break Contracts, and Overseas/ Newly Apply
The simple differences are that, “finished contract” means that the helper completes the full two-year contract, “break contract” means that the helper quit the job earlier, and “terminated” means that the employer fired the helper.
To the Immigration Department, the distinction between these three types also has huge significance.
A “finished contract” helper can apply for an extension of stay visa and delay her annual leave at the end of the contract, and “finished contract” Filipino workers can also deal with the hiring process herself without using an agency. “Break contract” or “terminated” helpers can have a record in the Immigration Department (except terminated contract with good reasons), and they might be rejected a visa in Hong Kong if they have broken their contracts or have been terminated multiple times.
Helper’s contract status and current location will also affect the hiring cost to the employer and the time needed to process the visa application.
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Finished contract status means that the helper has already finished his/her two-year contract in Hong Kong. A helper will be counted as “finished contract” 28 days before the end of his/her visa. Application process can start one month before the work visa under the previous contract ends or with an early release letter.
Terminated contract status means that the employer terminates/ fires the helper’s contract within the contract period (the helper hasn’t finished her 2 year contract). Terminated contract helpers might receive a bad record from the Immigration Department. They might be rejected if their contracts are terminated multiple times.
Termination due to Good Reasons: Employer Relocation/ Financial Problem/ Passes Away
Not all terminated contracts are negative. Terminated with good reasons means that the helper is being released or terminated due to the following 3 reasons:
Employer relocation：Reference letters from previous employers must be provided.
Employer passed away：Proof must be provided.
Employer’s financial reasons：Reference letters from previous employers must be provided.
Termination with good reasons can be processed similar to a finished contract helper.
Break contract status means that the helper is currently in Hong Kong and he/she does not want to continue his/her two-year contract. Break contract helpers might receive a bad record from the Immigration Department. They might be rejected if they have broken their contracts multiple times.
Overseas/ Newly Apply
Overseas hiring status means that the helper is currently not located in Hong Kong. If the helper is located in countries other than his/her home country, he/she must return to his/her home country before coming to Hong Kong.
On helperfamily.com, you can filter helper’s current contract status. Contact us at Help Center, if you need further help.