Virginia, US

Magdalene is a Partner based in Fragomen's Hong Kong office.

She has in excess of 20 years experience in providing both in-bound and out-bound immigration services to individuals and multinational companies.

Prior to joining Fragomen, she worked in Big 4 CPA firms in Hong Kong for over 15 years heading their Visa & Migration Departments.

Magdalene’s career in immigration began with the Australian Government where she worked for the Australian High Commission in Hong Kong and initiated the Immigration Section of the Australian Embassy in Beijing.

Magdalene speaks English, Cantonese, Mandarin and Shanghainese.

Education


Australian National University | Bachelor of Commerce

Awards

Finance Monthly Immigration Professional of the Year, Hong Kong - 2014

Professional Accomplishments / Memberships

Member, The Hong Kong General Chamber of Commerce

Member, Hong Kong Business Women Owners Association

Member, APAC Leadership Committee, Worldwide ERC, The Workforce Mobility Association

Magdalene headed the Fragomen team who on behalf of an international theme park, processed and obtained for its cast members, employment visas for the park’s opening and on-going operations.

Magdalene personally handles a number of the firm’s more sensitive cases such as those involving common law and/or same sex relationships which are not recognized by some of the Authorities within the jurisdictions in which she operates.

Magdalene has handled a range of cases from CEO’s of multi-national corporations to start-ups, investors and individuals including applicants under various special immigration categories.

Magdalene has successfully handled appeals against decisions made by the Director of Immigration of the Government of the Hong Kong SAR.

Magdalene has worked with the Hong Kong Authorities in devising and implementing a new assessment procedure for obtaining work authorizations for certain employment categories in Hong Kong.

Publications and Lectures

Magdalene is a popular speaker on Hong Kong immigration-related matters. Amongst others, she has appeared on television and been interviewed in the Hong Kong press.

Presenter, “Sending Chinese Employees to Overseas including Hong Kong, Macao and China.” Presentation, Fragomen Worldwide Seminar, Shanghai, China, May 2015.   

Presenter, “Asia Pacific: The Opportunity on our Door Step.” Presentation, Fragomen Worldwide Private Client Practice, Global investor Summit, London, United Kingdom, October 2014.   

Presenter, “Penalties and Consequences of Non-Immigration Compliance in APAC.” Presentation, Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Hong Kong, June 2014. 

Presenter, “Business Immigration Basics and Best Practices: Focusing on China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.” Presentation,  Worldwide ERC, The Workforce Mobility Association, Hong Kong, October 2013. 

Presenter, “Employer Best Practices Towards Effective Immigration Compliance.” Presentation, Association of Corporate Travel Executives, Hong Kong, March 2013. 

Presenter, “Immigration Focus on Hong Kong, Taiwan and China.” Presentation, Worldwide ERC, The Workforce Mobility Association, Hong Kong, January 2013. 

Presenter, “Important Immigration Compliance Issues for Employees Sending Staff Around Asia.” Presentation, The Lighthouse Club, a construction industry charitable organization, Hong Kong, May 2010.