Do I need a visa for visiting Hong Kong?
Nationals of more than 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days. For more information on visa/entry permit requirements for visitors to the HKSAR, you may refer to the "Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" webpage or a pamphlet "Do you need a visa for the HKSAR?" (ID290).
If I need to obtain a visa for visiting Hong Kong, how can I submit my application?
Completed visit visa application forms (ID(E)936 A-D) may be submitted together with the relevant supporting documents to the Employment and Visit Visas Section, Immigration Department, 24/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, either by post or through a local sponsor. To shorten processing time, application forms and supporting documents can be sent by fax to (852) 2824 1133 in the first instance. However, the original copy of the duly completed application form and the photographs required should be sent immediately to the HKSAR Immigration Department by air mail. A visa/entry permit will be issued only on receipt of an original, properly completed visa/entry permit application form. Applications submitted by e-mail will not be accepted.
Alternatively, applicants may also submit their visa applications through the Chinese diplomatic and consular missions nearest to their place of residence, where application forms are obtainable.
Do I need a visa for Hong Kong for the purposes of education, employment, training, investment and residence?
As a general rule, any person other than those who have the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong, must obtain a visa before coming to Hong Kong for the purpose of education, taking up employment, training, investment or residence. Please click here for more information.
When and how should I extend my visa?
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Are there any restrictions on dependants (including both spouses and unmarried dependent children under 18) who have entered Hong Kong under the dependant policy to study in local schools?
All dependants do not require prior permission from the Director of Immigration to study in Hong Kong.
Can dependants admitted under the dependant policy take up employment in Hong Kong?
Dependants of persons not subject to a limit of stay, e.g. Hong Kong permanent residents and those with unconditional stay or right to land in Hong Kong, are not prohibited from taking up employment. With effect from 15 May 2006, dependants of persons admitted for employment (as professionals, investors or for training) or as capital investment entrants are not prohibited from taking up employment. However, dependants of persons who have been admitted to study are not permitted to take up employment unless they have obtained permission from the Director of Immigration.
How can dependants of persons admitted for employment (as professionals, investors or for training) or as capital investment entrants currently subject to a condition of stay prohibiting employment may have this condition cancelled?
Dependants of Mainland residents and overseas residents can submit an application for cancellation of such condition of stay to Quality Migrants and Mainland Residents Section and Extension Section respectively. Dependants of persons admitted as capital investment entrants can apply to Other Visas and Permits Section (Address : 5/F (Extension Section), 7/F (Other Visas and Permits Section), and 9/F (Quality Migrants and Mainland Residents Section), Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong). The application is free of charge and can normally be determined on the same day of application.
Can dependants of persons admitted for employment (as professionals, investors or for training) or as capital investment entrants currently subject to a condition of stay prohibiting employment take up employment without having such condition cancelled?
Persons subject to the said condition of stay are not permitted to work. They must apply to the Director of Immigration for cancellation of the condition before taking up employment in Hong Kong.
Is there any time limit for making an application for cancellation of a condition of stay prohibiting employment by dependants of persons admitted for employment (as professionals, investors or for training) or as capital investment entrants who are currently subject to such a condition?
There is no time limit for making the application. Dependants who do not have a plan to take up employment before expiry of their current limit of stay may choose not to submit an application now. Such condition will be cancelled automatically when their next application for extension of stay is approved.
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