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Foreign Maids Lose Court Fight for HK Residency

25 March 2013

Hong Kong’s top court ruled against two Filipino domestic helpers seeking permanent residency on Monday, the final decision in a case that affects tens of thousands of other foreign maids in the southern Chinese financial hub. The Court of Final Appeal was unanimous in its ruling, siding with the government’s position that tight restrictions on domestic helpers mean they don’t have the same status as other foreign residents. Lawyers for the two had argued that an immigration provision barring domestic workers from permanent residency was unconstitutional.—AP