Identity Card Symbols and Residential Status

This page explains the symbols on the face of the permanent identity card relating to residential status.

Symbols on the Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card relating to Residential Status

A Hong Kong permanent identity card will feature the following symbols.

 Symbols on the Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card relating to Residential Status

Note

A: The holder has the right of abode in Hong Kong.
R: The holder has the right to land in Hong Kong.
U: The holder’s stay in Hong Kong was not limited by the Immigration Department at the time of registration of the identity card.
C: The holder’s stay in Hong Kong was limited by the Immigration Department at the time of registration of the identity card.
The asterisks indicate that the holder is eligible for a Hong Kong Re-entry Permit: *** for adults aged 18 or above; and * for minors aged between 11 and 17.

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