Hi, I'm from Ghana. I'm rexford. I'm sorry this comes off lengthy, but its something i've faced before so wanna bring it up.
To enter many countries ( I don't know yet for Hong Kong), the embassy requires the bank statement of the inviting organization or the organization funding the scholarship awardee aside the awardee's personal bank statement.
The bank statement is basically required so the embassy knows that the organization taking you out of your base country is worthy of caring for you during the timespan of your stay in the new country of stay. Irrespective of how big or small the inviting organization is, the bank statement is really essential for the consulars
Last year, I that wasn't available for me from WMDC for 2012 Wikimania.
I want to learn if WMHK has any arrangement for releasing banks statements - if not their global bank statement - at least with respect to the awardee, indicating specifics (eg, allocated funds for the person with respect to accommodation food, transport, sightseeing(if any) etc)
Some countries are very critical about that (UK, US and other developed countries (I presume Hong Kong is similar) - Though they won't tell you directly that's why you were not accepted for Visa, in their eyes, it counts a lot.
I'm sure WMHK will send to the scholarship winners who wish for visa application assistance some letter(s). Seriously, such letters in certain parts of the globe, like my country, hardly counts. I will emphasize that, consulars in certain parts of Africa, including Ghana don't take letters seriously, after all, letters are today writable and signable by anyone anytime from anywhere. To that effect, such types of letters sometimes loose their weight and intent though they might be/or are legitimate. Its is very critical because of the number of fraudulent cases reported at such embassies.
I ask, is there no other authoritative means whereby the WMF or WMHK can directly correspond with the local embassy from where the awardee is coming from other than just a sheet of white paper with black ink? Their corresponding with the local embassy is NOT to decide for them as to allowing their invitee to come around, but rather, to re-emphasize the fact that its true the invitee is really invited by an organization for blah blah blah.
I believe that will rather be a practical visa assistance, if one will wanna call it that.
Many organizations intercede for their invitees when they lose acquisition of a visa to travel. Their follow ups aren't meant to challenge with the local embassy, rather to impress on them and try to explain in clear and direct means what their inviting the person all has to do.
It happened to me last year, thus my concerns. I couldn't attend WMDC 2012
I wish to be enlightened more.