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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Hong Kong Visas

Q1:
Do I need a visa for Hong Kong for the purposes of study, employment, training, investment and residence?
A1:

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 study, taking up employment, training, investment or residence.

Q2:
When and how should I extend my visa?
A2:

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Q3:
How to apply for entry for residence as dependants?
A3:

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Q4:
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?
A4:

All dependants do not require prior permission from the Director of Immigration to study in Hong Kong.

Q5:
Can dependants admitted under the dependant policy take up employment in Hong Kong?
A5:

Dependants of the following persons are not prohibited from taking up employment in the HKSAR:

  1. Hong Kong permanent residents;
  2. persons who are not subject to a limit of stay (i.e. residents with the right to land or on unconditional stay);
  3. persons who have been admitted for employment (as professionals, for investment to establish/join in business or for training); and
  4. entrants under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme or the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme.

However, dependants of persons who have been admitted to study are not permitted to take up employment unless they have obtained prior permission from the Director of Immigration.

Q6:
How can dependants of persons admitted for employment (as professionals, for investment to establish/join in business or for training) or as capital investment entrants currently subject to a condition of stay prohibiting employment may have this condition cancelled?
A6:

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), 6/F (Quality Migrants and Mainland Residents Section), and 7/F (Other Visas and Permits 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.

Q7:
Can dependants of persons admitted for employment (as professionals, for investment to establish/join in business 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?
A7:

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.

Q8:
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, for investment to establish/join in business or for training) or as capital investment entrants who are currently subject to such a condition?
A8:

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.