Transfer of Endorsement

Before Applying

Transfer of Endorsement

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Introduction

This webpage sets out the information for visitor or Hong Kong residents who wish to transfer an immigration endorsement to a new travel document.

Visitors or Hong Kong non-permanent residents who have renewed their travel documents can apply for a transfer of endorsement so that their current immigration status in Hong Kong is indicated on the new travel document. Until this has been done, it is advisable to carry both old and new travel documents for departure and arrival clearance at Hong Kong immigration control points.

Processing Time

Applications will normally be finalised on the same day.

Applying

Transfer of Endorsement

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Application Forms

When applying for a transfer of endorsement, applicants should submit a completed and signed form ID 405. If the applicant is under the age of 16, the form must be signed by the applicant’s parent or legal guardian. The form can be obtained free of charge from the Immigration Department Headquarters or Immigration Branch Offices and can also be downloaded here.

Supporting Documents

Documentary requirement for application for a transfer of endorsement will depend on the reason for requesting the transfer. Applicant should present the following documents where appropriate upon submission of the application:

  1. Applicant’s new travel document
  2. Applicant’s old travel document, if any
  3. If the applicant’s new travel document is of a different nationality, please provide proof of acquisition of the new nationality (original and copy)
  4. If the applicant was born in Hong Kong and has a HKSAR birth certificate and Form ID 235B (Permit to Remain in the HKSAR) issued by the Births Registry, please present:
    1. Applicant’s birth certificate (original and copy);
    2. Applicant’s travel document (original and copy);
    3. Copy of sponsor’s (father/mother) travel document;
    4. Copy of parents’ marriage certificate; and
    5. Form ID 235B
  5. If the old travel document was lost, applicant must produce a loss memo from the Hong Kong police.

Foreign domestic helper will also need to provide employer’s supporting letter to confirm continuous employment.

Notwithstanding that the documents and information required have been furnished, applicants may still be required to submit further supporting documents and information in connection with the application(s) when necessary.

Where a document is not in Chinese or English, it must be accompanied by a Chinese or English translation certified as a true translation by a sworn translator, court translator, authorized public translator, certified translator, expert translator or official translator.

Warning

It is an offence to make false statements or representations to an immigration officer. A person who knowingly and willfully makes a statement or gives information which he/she knows to be false or does not believe to be true shall be guilty of an offence under the Laws of Hong Kong and any such visa/entry permit issued or permission to enter or remain in the HKSAR granted shall have no effect.

Submission of Application

Where to Apply

Depending on the applicant’s current immigration status, application may be made to appropriate section below:

Status Address of Handling Section
  • Foreign domestic helpers
Foreign Domestic Helpers Section
3/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
  • Imported workers admitted under Supplementary Labour Scheme
  • Mainland residents admitted as students and their dependants
  • Entrants admitted under Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals and their dependants
  • Entrants admitted under Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates and their dependants
  • Mainland residents admitted for training and their dependants
  • Entrants admitted under Quality Migrant Admission Scheme and their dependants
Quality Migrants and Mainland Residents Section
6/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
  • Entrants admitted under Capital Investment Entrant Scheme and their dependants
Other Visas and Permits Section
7/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
  • Entrants admitted under Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents and their dependants
Extension Section
5/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
  • Entrants admitted under General Employment Policy and their dependants
  • Entrepreneurs and their dependants
  • Non-Mainland Students and their dependants
  • Dependants of Hong Kong permanent residents
  • Dependants of Hong Kong residents not subject to a limit of stay
Extension Section
5/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
or
any Immigration Branch Offices (except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office)
  • Mainland visitors
Extension Section
5/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
  • Non-Mainland visitors
Extension Section
5/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai,
Hong Kong
or
any Immigration Branch Offices (except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office)

The address and opening hours of the respective offices are available here

Processing Time

Applications will normally be finalised on the same day.

Payment of Fee 

Payment of fee should be made upon collection of the visa label in cash, by EPS or by cheque. The cheque should be crossed, made payable to “The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”, properly dated and signed.

Fee table 

After Applying

Transfer of Endorsement

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Processing Time

Applications will normally be finalised on the same day.

Payment of Fee

Payment of fee should be made upon collection of the visa label in cash, by EPS or by cheque. The cheque should be crossed, made payable to “The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region”, properly dated and signed.

Fee Table

Travel Documentation Requirement for Mainland Resident

Applicant who is a Mainland resident admitted to Hong Kong for employment, training, residence or study, and has lost the Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (EEP) in Hong Kong may apply for a transfer of endorsement without the new permit. Upon approval, applicant will be issued with a “Transfer of Endorsement” label and a letter advising the applicant to apply for replacement of a new EEP.