HK's Top Court Rules Against Filipino Domestics

Hong Kong's top court  on Monday ruled against two Filipino domestic helpers seeking permanent residency, the final decision in a case that affects tens of thousands of other foreign maids, reports The Court of Final Appeal unanimously sided 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. The decision means Evangeline Banao Vallejos and Daniel Domingo are not allowed to apply to settle permanently after living at least seven years in Hong Kong.