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Entry Visa for a New Helper

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Introduction

This webpage sets out the eligibility criteria, application procedures and points to note for persons who wish to employ a domestic helper from abroad (Helper).

Eligibility Criteria

Employers who wish to employ Helpers have to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The employer is financially capable of employing a Helper after his/her household expenditure has been deducted. In general, for every Helper to be employed, the employer must have a household income of no less than HK$15,000 per month or assets of comparable amount to support the employment of a Helper for the whole contractual period. The monthly household income figure of HK$15,000 may be adjusted by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from time to time.
  2. The Helper and the employer shall enter into a standard Employment Contract (ID 407) as specified by the Director of Immigration.
  3. The Helper shall only be required to perform domestic duties for the employer as per the Schedule of Accommodation and Domestic Duties attached to the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  4. The Helper shall not be required or allowed by the employer to take up any other employment with any other person during his/her stay in the HKSAR and within the contract period specified in Clause 2 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  5. The employer undertakes to pay the Helper a salary that is no less than the minimum allowable wage announced by the HKSAR Government and prevailing at the date of application for employing the Helper.
  6. The Helper shall work and reside in the employer's residence1 as specified in Clause 3 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  7. The Helper shall be provided with suitable accommodation and with reasonable privacy2 .
  8. The bona fides of the employer and the Helper are not in doubt; there is no known record to the detriment of the employer and the Helper. For details of matters which will be taken into account, please refer to the part “Breaches” below.
  9. The employer is a bona fide resident in the HKSAR.

A Helper must be in possession of a proper visa before he/she travels to the HKSAR. The issuance of a visa to individual Helper is subject to the normal immigration requirements being met (such as holding a valid travel document with adequate returnability to his/her country of residence or citizenship; be of clear criminal record and raises no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR, has no likelihood of becoming a burden on the HKSAR; etc). Employers who satisfy the above criteria should not assume that their Helper's visa application would be approved automatically.

Helpers are not admitted to Hong Kong for settlement. They are not eligible to bring their dependants to Hong Kong for residence.

Footnote:
1Employers who have obtained the Director of Immigration's approval before 1 April 2003 to let their Helpers live out can continue to do so, so long as they continue to employ Helpers without a break of more than 6 months.
2Examples of unsuitable accommodation are: the Helper having to sleep on made-do beds in the corridor with little privacy or sharing a room with an adult or teenager of the opposite sex.
This entry arrangement does not apply to Chinese Residents of the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan as well as nationals of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Nepal and Vietnam.

Undertaking

All Helpers and their employers are required to give an undertaking to the Government of the HKSAR. If an employer breaches the undertaking under Part 5 of the "Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad" form (ID 988B), his/her conduct will be taken into account in considering any future application he/she may make to employ a Helper and any such application may be refused. If a Helper breaches the undertaking under Part 6 of the "Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad" (ID 988A), his/her conduct will be an adverse consideration in considering any future application for employment visa or for extension of stay in the HKSAR and any such application may be refused.

Breaches

An employer will not normally be considered eligible to employ a Helper for a period of time where he/she has breached/has been convicted of any of the following breaches/offences:

  1. Offences relating to a Helper(s) under immigration laws (including aiding and abetting in the breach of a condition of stay);
  2. Offences relating to a Helper(s) under labour laws;
  3. Offences relating to assault or harassment of a Helper(s); or
  4. Breach of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) or of the undertaking given to the Government of the HKSAR under Part 5 of the "Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad" form (ID 988B).

In addition to requiring the Helper to meet normal immigration requirements (such as holding a valid travel document with adequate returnability to his/her country of residence or citizenship; be of clear criminal record and raises no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR, has no likelihood of becoming a burden on the HKSAR; etc), the Director of Immigration will take the following offences/breaches into account in considering any future application by a Helper for employment visa or for extension of stay in the HKSAR and such future application will not normally be approved:

  1. Offences under immigration laws; or
  2. Breach of obligations under the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) or Undertaking to the Government of the HKSAR under Part 6 of the "Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad" (ID 988A).
Levy

The requirement for the collection of the Employees Retraining Levy (levy) from employers of Helpers has been abolished after the expiry of the suspension of its collection on 1 August 2013.

Nevertheless, employers who owe an overdue levy to the Director of Immigration are still required to settle the outstanding payment immediately. Should any employer fail to settle the outstanding payment, Immigration Department would take into account such adverse record and he/she may be considered ineligible for employment of Helpers for a certain period of time.

All levy paid is not refundable under any circumstances.

Processing Time

It normally takes about four to six weeks to process an application for the employment of a Helper upon receipt of all necessary documents. Please do not make enquiries about the progress of the application unless it is absolutely necessary as it may delay the processing of the application.

Applying

Entry Visa for a New Helper

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Application Forms

The Helper should complete application form ID 988A whilst the employer should complete application for ID 988B. The application forms (ID 988A and ID 988B) can be obtained free of charge from the following offices:

  • Immigration Department Headquarters; and
  • Immigration Branch Offices except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office.

The forms can also be downloaded from the Immigration Department's website at www.immd.gov.hk.

Submission of Application

The notes below are aimed at helping employers to submit applications direct to the Director of Immigration for an entry visa for a new Helper. List of forms and documents in support of an application to employ a domestic helper from abroad is available for download at “Checklist of Forms and Documents Required for Application for Domestic Helpers from Abroad“. Please follow the procedures step by step. Omitting a step may result in delay or refusal of the application.

Application Procedures and Supporting Documents

Step 1. Complete ID988A and 4 Copies of ID407

Arrange with the Helper to complete the Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988A) and four copies of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407

  1. The Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988A) should be completed and signed by the Helper. A photograph of the Helper has to be affixed to the form (ID 988A).
  2. All four copies of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) should be completed and signed by the employer and then forwarded to the Helper for his/her agreement and signature. The completed standard Employment Contract (ID 407) should be distributed as follows:
    • one copy each for retention by the employer and the Helper;
    • one copy for the consulate concerned in the HKSAR; and
    • one copy for the Immigration Department for the purpose of applying for a visa for the Helper.
  3. When submitting the application, the employer has to enclose:
    1. copy of the Helper's travel document containing his/her personal particulars, its date of expiry, details of any re-entry visa to his/her place of origin held (if applicable);
    2. an original copy of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) which should have been notarised by the appropriate consulate in the HKSAR if so required by the relevant consulate; and
    3. copy of the Helper's Hong Kong Identity Card (if any).

Note: The Helper's signatures on all the forms mentioned above and the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) are to be the same as that on his/her passport. The Helper must hold a valid national passport. Any given permission to stay in Hong Kong will expire on a specified date which in any case shall not be beyond one month prior to the expiry of the passport.

Step 2. Complete ID988B

Complete the Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988B)

  • Please complete every item; and
  • Remember to sign.

Note: The employer's signatures on the application form are to be the same as that on the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).

Step 3. Enclose Supporting Documents

Enclose the following supporting documents:

  1. A copy of the employer's Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card/Hong Kong Identity Card. If the employer is not a Hong Kong permanent resident, a person with right to land or on unconditional stay, please also make a copy of the travel document showing the employer's personal particulars and the latest landing endorsement / landing slip / extension of stay label.
  2. Evidence showing that the employer is financially capable of employing a Helper after his/her household expenditure has been deducted. Examples of such evidence are:

    If the employer is an employee of a company
    1. Latest notice of assessment and demand for tax issued by the Inland Revenue Department; or
    2. Bank passbook/statement showing auto-payment of the monthly salary for the last 3 months; or
    3. Salary statements/slips issued by the employer's company for the last 3 months; or
    4. Evidence showing that the employer is in control of substantial assets such as recent properties tax assessment, fixed deposits/bank savings statements for the last 6 months (with an aggregated amount of no less than HK$350,000), etc.
      1. If the employer is self-employed or a company director
    1. Latest notice of assessment and demand for tax issued by the Inland Revenue Department; or
    2. Company profit tax assessment return together with evidence to show the employer's connection with the company such as Certificate of Business Registration/Return of Share Allotment [Form 1(b)]; or
    3. Bank reference letter showing banking facilities granted to the employer's company or evidence showing that the employer is in control of substantial assets such as recent properties tax assessment, fixed deposits/bank savings statements for the last 6 months (with an aggregated amount of no less than HK$350,000), etc.
  3. Proof of the employer's residential address as reported in the standard Employment Contract (ID 407), that is the latest demand for rates note or water/telephone/ electricity etc. utility bills within the last 3 months.

    If the contractual address refers to a flat in a housing estate run by the Housing Department/Hong Kong Housing Society:
    1. letter of consent from the Housing Department/Hong Kong Housing Society, granting permission for the Helper to reside in the premises; and
    2. copies of page 1 to 4 of the tenancy agreement with the Housing Department/Hong Kong Housing Society showing the address and personal particulars of the family members.

    If the documentary evidence is not in the employer's name, please provide additional proof to show the relationship, such as copy of birth certificate, marriage certificate, company's annual return, Return of Share Allotment [Form 1(b)], etc.
  4. Testimonial of the Helper showing that he/she has at least two years' working experience as domestic helper. The testimonial must contain the name and address of the writer to facilitate verification.

Step 4. Submit All the Required Documents by Post or in Person

Please send all the required documents above by post or in person to the following address:

Director of Immigration
The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region
Receipt and Despatch Unit
2nd Floor, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

The above represents requirements laid down by the Director of Immigration of the HKSAR. The employer is advised to find out from the relevant consulate in the HKSAR the latest requirements and policies on employment and immigration matters which may affect the Helper's employment in the HKSAR before submitting the contracts to the Director of Immigration in support of the Helper's application for a visa.

Important Notes
  1. Unless asked to do so, please do not send in originals of the supporting documents (except standard Employment Contract (ID 407)).
  2. It is an offence to make false statements or representations to an immigration officer. A person who knowingly and wilfully 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 the HKSAR and any such visa issued shall have no effect. Any aider and abettor in such offence is also liable to criminal prosecution.
  3. An application with incomplete supporting documents will not be accepted and will be returned to the employer or his/her representative.
  4. Notwithstanding that the documents and information required have been furnished, the Helper or the employer may still be required to submit further supporting documents and information in connection with the application when necessary.

  5.  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, authorised public translator, certified translator, expert translator or official translator.

Processing Time

It normally takes about four to six weeks to process an application for the employment of a Helper upon receipt of all necessary documents. Please do not make enquiries about the progress of the application unless it is absolutely necessary as it may delay the processing of the application.

Payment of Fee

If the application is approved, a visa fee is payable to the HKSAR Government upon visa collection. Payment of visa fee can be made in cash, by cheque or by Easy Payment System upon visa collection. Cheque must be crossed and made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.

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After Applying

Entry Visa for a New Helper

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Online / 24-hour Telephone Enquiry on Application Status

Once the receipt of application has been acknowledged, applicants can enquire their application status here or through the 24-hour telephone enquiry system at (852) 3160 8663.

Interview

Notwithstanding that the employer has sent in all the supporting documents, the employer may still be required to attend an interview in connection with the application. Furthermore, other documents in support of the application may be required by the processing officer in individual cases.

Result Notification

If the application is approved, the employer will be notified by letter to collect the visa at the Immigration Department. 

If the application is rejected, the employer will be notified in writing.

Termination of Contract

The standard Employment Contract (ID 407) is not transferrable and if for any reason it is terminated before the standard contract period of two years has been completed, the initiating party should in writing inform the other party of the exact date of termination of the contract. Both the employer and the Helper should notify the Director of Immigration by submitting a completed "Notification of Termination of Employment Contract with Foreign Domestic Helper" (ID 407E) or a letter within 7 days of the date of termination. Alternatively, notifications may be made online at www.gov.hk/fdhtermination. Please click for more on “Standard Employment Contract & Terms of Employments of Helpers “

Helpers are normally admitted for a period of two years or until two weeks after termination of contract, whichever is the earlier. Only in exceptional circumstances that they may submit applications to Foreign Domestic Helpers Section to extend their stay in Hong Kong as a visitor by completing Application for Extension of stay (ID91).

Change of Residential Address

Employer and Helper should notify the Director of Immigration if the employer’s residential address registered on the employment contract is no longer valid or there is any change to the Schedule of Accommodation and Domestic Duties of the employment contract by completing form ID 407G.

If the new address is a flat in a housing estate run by the Housing Department or the Hong Kong Housing Society, the employer should produce:

  • A letter of consent from the appropriate authority granting permission for the Helper to reside in the premises
  • A copy of the tenancy agreement
Payment of Fee

If the application is approved, a visa fee is payable to the HKSAR Government upon visa collection. Payment of visa fee can be made in cash, by cheque or by Easy Payment System upon visa collection. Cheque must be crossed and made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.

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Before Applying

Contract Renewal with the Same Employer

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Introduction

Helpers who wish to renew their employment contracts with their existing employers after the existing contract has run its 2-year full course shall make fresh applications to the Immigration Department and the application will normally be accepted within eight weeks prior to the expiry of the existing contract.

Note: Please note that the expiry date of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) is not the end date of the Helper's stay in the HKSAR. The actual end date is the limit of stay on the Helper's passport. Helpers who remain in Hong Kong after the permitted period are liable to prosecution and are subject to a fine of up to HK$50,000 and imprisonment for up to two years on conviction. They are also liable to removal from the HKSAR after serving the sentence. Persons so removed will not be allowed to come to the HKSAR to work as Helpers. Any person who aids and abets a Helper to remain in Hong Kong after the permitted period is also liable to criminal prosecution.

Eligibility Criteria

Employers who wish to employ Helpers have to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The employer is financially capable of employing a Helper after his/her household expenditure has been deducted. In general, for every Helper to be employed, the employer must have a household income of no less than HK$15,000 per month or assets of comparable amount to support the employment of a Helper for the whole contractual period. The monthly household income figure of HK$15,000 may be adjusted by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from time to time.
  2. The Helper and the employer shall enter into a standard Employment Contract (ID 407) as specified by the Director of Immigration.
  3. The Helper shall only be required to perform domestic duties for the employer as per the Schedule of Accommodation and Domestic Duties attached to the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  4. The Helper shall not be required or allowed by the employer to take up any other employment with any other person during his/her stay in the HKSAR and within the contract period specified in Clause 2 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  5. The employer undertakes to pay the Helper a salary that is no less than the minimum allowable wage announced by the HKSAR Government and prevailing at the date of application for employing the Helper.
  6. The Helper shall work and reside in the employer's residence1 as specified in Clause 3 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  7. The Helper shall be provided with suitable accommodation and with reasonable privacy2 .
  8. The bona fides of the employer and the Helper are not in doubt; there is no known record to the detriment of the employer and the Helper. For details of matters which will be taken into account, please refer to the part “Breaches” below.
  9. The employer is a bona fide resident in the HKSAR.

A Helper must be in possession of a proper visa before he/she travels to the HKSAR. The issuance of a visa to individual Helper is subject to the normal immigration requirements being met (such as holding a valid travel document with adequate returnability to his/her country of residence or citizenship; be of clear criminal record and raises no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR, has no likelihood of becoming a burden on the HKSAR; etc). Employers who satisfy the above criteria should not assume that their Helper's visa application would be approved automatically.

Helpers are not admitted to Hong Kong for settlement. They are not eligible to bring their dependants to Hong Kong for residence.

Footnote:

1Employers who have obtained the Director of Immigration's approval before 1 April 2003 to let their Helpers live out can continue to do so, so long as they continue to employ Helpers without a break of more than 6 months.

2Examples of unsuitable accommodation are: the Helper having to sleep on made-do beds in the corridor with little privacy or sharing a room with an adult or teenager of the opposite sex.

Home Leave Arrangement

In accordance with Clause 13 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407), the Helper shall, upon expiry of an old contract and before the commencement of a new contract, return to his/her place of origin for vacation with the return fare paid by the employer. A Helper should not stay in the HKSAR longer than the permitted period of stay.

Under normal circumstances, the Helper should return to his/her place of origin after the completion of contract and apply for a visa to return to the HKSAR to start the new contract. If circumstances do not permit the Helper to return to his/her place of origin for vacation immediately upon expiry of the old contract, subject to the employer's and Helper's mutual agreement, the Helper may apply for an extension of stay for him/her to defer the vacation leave. The Helper and employer shall complete the relevant parts of ID 988A and ID 988B respectively and submit them to the Director of Immigration for consideration.

On application, an extension of stay of normally not exceeding one year may be granted by the Director of Immigration upon payment of an extension fee. Further extension of stay within the contract period will not be allowed. Therefore, arrangements should be made for the Helper to return to his/her place of origin for vacation within the one-year extension period, and for the Helper to use the visa (with visa fee waived and with a validity in line with the extension of stay granted) to enter the HKSAR to complete the contract.

Undertaking

All Helpers and their employers are required to give an undertaking to the Government of the HKSAR. If an employer breaches the undertaking under Part 5 of the "Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad" form (ID 988B), his/her conduct will be taken into account in considering any future application he/she may make to employ a Helper and any such application may be refused. If a Helper breaches the undertaking under Part 6 of the "Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad" (ID 988A), his/her conduct will be an adverse consideration in considering any future application for employment visa or for extension of stay in the HKSAR and any such application may be refused.

Breaches

An employer will not normally be considered eligible to employ a Helper for a period of time where he/she has breached/has been convicted of any of the following breaches/offences:

  1. Offences relating to a Helper(s) under immigration laws (including aiding and abetting in the breach of a condition of stay);
  2. Offences relating to a Helper(s) under labour laws;
  3. Offences relating to assault or harassment of a Helper(s); or
  4. Breach of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) or of the undertaking given to the Government of the HKSAR under Part 5 of the "Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad" form (ID 988B).

In addition to requiring the Helper to meet normal immigration requirements (such as holding a valid travel document with adequate returnability to his/her country of residence or citizenship; be of clear criminal record and raises no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR, has no likelihood of becoming a burden on the HKSAR; etc), the Director of Immigration will take the following offences/breaches into account in considering any future application by a Helper for employment visa or for extension of stay in the HKSAR and such future application will not normally be approved:

  1. Offences under immigration laws; or
  2. Breach of obligations under the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) or Undertaking to the Government of the HKSAR under Part 6 of the “Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad” (ID 988A)
Levy

The requirement for the collection of the Employees Retraining Levy (levy) from employers of Helpers has been abolished after the expiry of the suspension of its collection on 1 August 2013.

Nevertheless, employers who owe an overdue levy to the Director of Immigration are still required to settle the outstanding payment immediately. Should any employer fail to settle the outstanding payment, Immigration Department would take into account such adverse record and he/she may be considered ineligible for employment of Helpers for a certain period of time.

All levy paid is not refundable under any circumstances.

Processing Time

Applications for contract renewal with the same employer by post, drop-in or by online submission will normally be finalised within 10 working days upon receipt of all necessary documents. For in person application, the approved extension visa label will normally be issued on the same day.

Applying

Contract Renewal with the Same Employer

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Application Forms

The Helper should complete application form ID 988A whilst the employer should complete application for ID 988B. The application forms (ID 988A and ID 988B) can be obtained free of charge from the following offices:

  • Immigration Department Headquarters; and
  • Immigration Branch Offices except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office.

The forms can also be downloaded from the Immigration Department's website at www.immd.gov.hk.

Submission of Application

Applications for contract renewal with the same employment after completion of the existing two-year contract will normally be accepted within eight weeks prior to the expiry of the existing contract.  Application may be submitted as follows:

  1. in person or by authorised person at or made by post/drop-in to the Foreign Domestic Helpers Section, 3/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai; or
  2. in person or by authorised person at the following Immigration Branch Offices:
    1. East Kowloon Office
      Level 2, Sceneway Plaza, Sceneway Garden, 1-17 Sceneway Road, Lam Tin, Kowloon.
    2. West Kowloon Office
      G/F, 28 Kimberley Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
    3. Sha Tin Office
      3/F, Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, N.T.
    4. Fo Tan Office
      Shops 405 & 406, 4/F, Jubilee Square, 2-18 Lok King Street, Fo Tan, N.T.
    5. Yuen Long Office
      Shop B, G/F, Manhattan Plaza, 23 Sai Ching Street, Yuen Long, N.T.
  3. Office Hours
i. Foreign Domestic Helpers Section, Immigration Tower
Monday - Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
ii. Immigration Branch Offices (except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office)
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  1. Applications may also be made online at www.gov.hk/esapplication.
  2. In submitting the application, the Helpers should produce the following documents:
    1. Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988A) completed and signed by the Helper;
    2. Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988B) completed and signed by the employer;
    3. original copy of the new standard Employment Contract (ID 407)(see note 1 below);
    4. original of his/her travel document (for in-person application) or copy of the Helper's travel document including the pages showing his/her personal particulars, photo, passport validity, latest visa label and latest landing endorsement/landing slip/extension of stay label (for application made by post, drop-in or online);
    5. copy of the proof of employer's financial position (see note 2 below); and
    6. copy of the proof of the employer's residential address (see note 2 below).

Note:

(1) For applications submitted online, the original employment contract (notarised, if so required by the local consulate) should also be submitted for inspection upon collection of extension label.
(2) Proof of employer's financial position and residential address is not required (provided that the employer's average household income remains no less than HK$15,000 (for each domestic helper to be employed) and there is no change in the residential address).

Nevertheless, further supporting documents may be required in individual cases.

List of forms and documents in support of an application for contract renewal with the same employer is available for download at ‘Checklist of Forms and Documents Required for Application for Domestic Helpers from Abroad’.

Applications submitted after the expiry of the contract and the Helper's valid limit of stay in Hong Kong will not be accepted.

The above represents requirements laid down by the Director of Immigration of the HKSAR. The employer is advised to find out from the relevant consulate in the HKSAR the latest requirements and policies on employment and immigration matters which may affect the Helper's employment in the HKSAR before submitting the contracts to the Director of Immigration in support of the Helper's application for a visa.

Important Notes

It is an offence to make false statements or representations to an immigration officer. A person who knowingly and wilfully 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 the HKSAR and any such visa issued shall have no effect. Any aider and abettor in such offence is also liable to criminal prosecution.

An application with incomplete supporting documents will not be accepted and will be returned to the employer or his/her representative.

Notwithstanding that the documents and information required have been furnished, the Helper or the employer may still be required to submit further supporting documents and information in connection with the application 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, authorised public translator, certified translator, expert translator or official translator.

Please note that the expiry date of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) is not the end date of the Helper's stay in the HKSAR. The actual end date is the limit of stay on the Helper's passport. Helpers who remain in Hong Kong after the permitted period are liable to prosecution and are subject to a fine of up to HK$50,000 and imprisonment for up to two years on conviction. They are also liable to removal from the HKSAR after serving the sentence. Persons so removed will not be allowed to come to the HKSAR to work as Helpers. Any person who aids and abets a Helper to remain in Hong Kong after the permitted period is also liable to criminal prosecution.

Online Appointment Booking

Eligible applicants can make appointments online or through the 24-hour appointment booking hotline at 2598 0888 before submission their applications in person, or by authorized persons. Please click here for further information about online appointment booking.

Processing Time

Applications for contract renewal with the same employer by post, drop-in or by online submission will normally be finalized within 10 working days upon receipt of all necessary documents. For in person application, the approved extension visa label will normally be issued on the same day.

Payment of Fee

If the application is approved, a visa fee is payable to the HKSAR Government upon visa collection. Payment of visa fee can be made in cash, by cheque or by Easy Payment System upon visa collection. Cheque must be crossed and made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.

Fee Table

After Applying

Contract Renewal with the Same Employer

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Interview

Notwithstanding that the employer has sent in all the supporting documents, the employer may still be required to attend an interview in connection with the application. Furthermore, other documents in support of the application may be required by the processing officer in individual cases.

Result Notification

For application submitted in person, the applicant or his/her employer will be notified of the result after the application is finalised.

For application submitted other than in person, if the application is approved, the Helper will be notified by letter to collect the visa at the Immigration Department. If the application is rejected, the Helper will be notified in writing.

Payment of Fee

If the application is approved, a visa fee is payable to the HKSAR Government upon visa collection. Payment of visa fee can be made in cash, by cheque or by Easy Payment System upon visa collection. Cheque must be crossed and made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.

Fee Table

Change of Residential Address

Employer and Helper should notify Director of Immigration if the employer’s residential address registered on the employment contract is no longer valid or there is any change to the Schedule of Accommodation and Domestic Duties of the employment contract by completing form ID 407G.

If the new address is a flat in a housing estate run by the Housing Department or the Hong Kong Housing Society, the employer should produce:

  • A letter of consent from the appropriate authority granting permission for the Helper to reside in the premises
  • A copy of the tenancy agreement
Mutual agreement for extension of current contract for not more than one month with the same employer

If the Helper and employer wish to lengthen the two-year contract by a short period, the Helper should apply to the Director of Immigration for an extension of stay in Hong Kong. Such extension of stay will only be granted where there are exceptional circumstances. Extension will not normally be granted in respect of renewal of contracts. The Director of Immigration has sole discretion to determine whether an extension of stay will be granted. An extension of more than one month will not normally be granted in any situation.

In making an application for extension of not more than one month, the following documents are required:

a.

Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID988A) completed and signed by the Helper;

b.

original copies of the current standard Employment Contract (ID407) kept by the employer and Helper with an amendment clause on such extension duly signed by both parties at the end of page 4;

c.

a supporting letter signed by the employer stating the reason(s) for such extension and undertaking that upon such extension no renewal of contract with the same Helper will be required; and

d.

original of the Helper’s travel document.

Termination of Contract

The standard Employment Contract (ID 407) is not transferrable and if for any reason it is terminated before the standard contract period of two years has been completed, the initiating party should in writing inform the other party of the exact date of termination of the contract. Both the employer and the Helper should notify the Director of Immigration by submitting a completed "Notification of Termination of Employment Contract with Foreign Domestic Helper" (ID 407E)) or a letter within 7 days of the date of termination. Alternatively, notifications may be made online at www.gov.hk/fdhtermination. Please click for more on “Standard Employment Contract & Terms of Employments of Helpers "

Helpers are normally admitted for a period of two years or until two weeks after termination of contract, whichever is the earlier. Only in exceptional circumstances that they may submit applications to Foreign Domestic Helpers Section to extend their stay in Hong Kong as a visitor by completing Application for Extension of Stay (ID 91).

Before Applying

Change of employer

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Introduction

Helpers are admitted only for a specific job with a named employer, and for a limited period. Application to change employers in the HKSAR within the two-year contract will not as a rule be approved. If the Helper wishes to take up employment with a new employer in the HKSAR, he/she must return to his/her place of origin and apply for the appropriate visa directly to the Director of Immigration either by post or through his/her new employer

At the end of the 2-year contract, the Helper will be required to return to his/her place of origin for vacation. An application for change of employer by the Helper at the end of the 2-year contract may be made in the HKSAR within four weeks prior to the expiry of the contract.

Eligibility Criteria

Employers who wish to employ Helpers have to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The employer is financially capable of employing a Helper after his/her household expenditure has been deducted. In general, for every Helper to be employed, the employer must have a household income of no less than HK$15,000 per month or assets of comparable amount to support the employment of a Helper for the whole contractual period. The monthly household income figure of HK$15,000 may be adjusted by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from time to time.
  2. The Helper and the employer shall enter into a standard Employment Contract (ID 407) as specified by the Director of Immigration.
  3. The Helper shall only be required to perform domestic duties for the employer as per the Schedule of Accommodation and Domestic Duties attached to the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  4. The Helper shall not be required or allowed by the employer to take up any other employment with any other person during his/her stay in the HKSAR and within the contract period specified in Clause 2 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  5. The employer undertakes to pay the Helper a salary that is no less than the minimum allowable wage announced by the HKSAR Government and prevailing at the date of application for employing the Helper.
  6. The Helper shall work and reside in the employer's residence1 as specified in Clause 3 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  7. The Helper shall be provided with suitable accommodation and with reasonable privacy2 .
  8. The bona fides of the employer and the Helper are not in doubt; there is no known record to the detriment of the employer and the Helper. For details of matters which will be taken into account, please refer to the part “Breaches” below.
  9. The employer is a bona fide resident in the HKSAR.

A Helper must be in possession of a proper visa before he/she travels to the HKSAR. The issuance of a visa to individual Helper is subject to the normal immigration requirements being met (such as holding a valid travel document with adequate returnability to his/her country of residence or citizenship; be of clear criminal record and raises no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR, has no likelihood of becoming a burden on the HKSAR; etc). Employers who satisfy the above criteria should not assume that their Helper's visa application would be approved automatically.

Helpers are not admitted to Hong Kong for settlement. They are not eligible to bring their dependants to Hong Kong for residence.

Footnote:

1Employers who have obtained the Director of Immigration's approval before 1 April 2003 to let their Helpers live out can continue to do so, so long as they continue to employ Helpers without a break of more than 6 months.

2Examples of unsuitable accommodation are: the Helper having to sleep on made-do beds in the corridor with little privacy or sharing a room with an adult or teenager of the opposite sex.

Home Leave Arrangement

In accordance with Clause 13 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407), the Helper shall, upon expiry of an old contract and before the commencement of a new contract, return to his/her place of origin for vacation with the return fare paid by the employer. A Helper should not stay in the HKSAR longer than the permitted period of stay.

Under normal circumstances, the Helper should return to his/her place of origin after the completion of contract and apply for a visa to return to the HKSAR to start the new contract. If circumstances do not permit the Helper to return to his/her place of origin for vacation immediately upon expiry of the old contract, subject to the employer's and Helper's mutual agreement, the Helper may apply for an extension of stay for him/her to defer the vacation leave. The Helper and employer shall complete the relevant parts of ID 988A and ID 988B respectively and submit them to the Director of Immigration for consideration.

On application, an extension of stay of normally not exceeding one year may be granted by the Director of Immigration upon payment of an extension fee. Further extension of stay within the contract period will not be allowed. Therefore, arrangements should be made for the Helper to return to his/her place of origin for vacation within the one-year extension period, and for the Helper to use the visa (with visa fee waived and with a validity in line with the extension of stay granted) to enter the HKSAR to complete the contract.

Undertaking

All Helpers and their employers are required to give an undertaking to the Government of the HKSAR. If an employer breaches the undertaking under Part 5 of the "Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad" form (ID 988B), his/her conduct will be taken into account in considering any future application he/she may make to employ a Helper and any such application may be refused. If a Helper breaches the undertaking under Part 6 of the "Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad" (ID 988A), his/her conduct will be an adverse consideration in considering any future application for employment visa or for extension of stay in the HKSAR and any such application may be refused.

Breaches

An employer will not normally be considered eligible to employ a Helper for a period of time where he/she has breached/has been convicted of any of the following breaches/offences:

  1. Offences relating to a Helper(s) under immigration laws (including aiding and abetting in the breach of a condition of stay);
  2. Offences relating to a Helper(s) under labour laws;
  3. Offences relating to assault or harassment of a Helper(s); or
  4. Breach of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) or of the undertaking given to the Government of the HKSAR under Part 5 of the "Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad" form (ID 988B).

In addition to requiring the Helper to meet normal immigration requirements (such as holding a valid travel document with adequate returnability to his/her country of residence or citizenship; be of clear criminal record and raises no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR, has no likelihood of becoming a burden on the HKSAR; etc) , the Director of Immigration will take the following offences/breaches into account in considering any future application by a Helper for employment visa or for extension of stay in the HKSAR and such future application will not normally be approved:

  1. Offences under immigration laws; or
  2. Breach of obligations under the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) or Undertaking to the Government of the HKSAR under Part 6 of the "Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad" (ID 988A).
Levy

The requirement for the collection of the Employees Retraining Levy (levy) from employers of Helpers has been abolished after the expiry of the suspension of its collection on 1 August 2013.

Nevertheless, employers who owe an overdue levy to the Director of Immigration are still required to settle the outstanding payment immediately. Should any employer fail to settle the outstanding payment, Immigration Department would take into account such adverse record and he/she may be considered ineligible for employment of Helpers for a certain period of time.

All levy paid is not refundable under any circumstances.

Applying

Change of employer

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Application Forms

The Helper should complete application form ID 988A whilst the employer should complete application for ID 988B. The application forms (ID 988A and ID 988B) can be obtained free of charge from the following offices:

  • Immigration Department Headquarters; and
  • Immigration Branch Offices except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office.

The forms can also be downloaded from the Immigration Department's website at www.immd.gov.hk.

Submission of Application

Application for change of employer must be submitted by the Helper in person within four weeks prior to the expiry of the contract to the Foreign Domestic Helpers Section, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucestor Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong. In addition, a release letter from the current employer showing the date of expiry/termination of the contract is required. Application for a visa to enable the Helper to return to the HKSAR to start employment with a new employer may be made but the Helper is required to go back to his/her place of origin within his/her limit of stay before returning to the HKSAR to work under the new contract. If circumstances do not permit the Helper to return to his/her place of origin immediately upon expiry of the old contract, subject to mutual agreement with the new employer, the Helper may apply for an extension of stay of normally not exceeding one year for him/her to defer the home leave.

In submitting the application, the Helpers should produce the following documents:

  1. Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988A) completed and signed by the Helper;
  2. Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988B) completed and signed by the employer;
  3. original copy of the new standard Employment Contract (ID 407);
  4. original of his/her travel document and copy of the Helper’s travel document including the pages showing his/her personal particulars, photo, passport validity, latest visa label and latest landing endorsement / landing slip / extension of stay label;
  5. copy of the employer's Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card/Hong Kong Identity Card (If the employer is not a Hong Kong permanent resident, a person with right to land or on unconditional stay, please also make a copy of the travel document showing the employer's personal particulars and the latest Hong Kong Immigration stamp/landing slip/extension of stay label;
  6. copy of the proof of employer's financial position;
  7. copy of the proof of the employer's residential address; and
  8. release letter from current employer showing the date of expiry/termination of the contract;

List of forms and documents in support of an application for change of employer is available for download at ‘Checklist of Forms and Documents Required for Application for Domestic Helpers from Abroad’.

Applications submitted after the expiry of the contract and the Helper's valid limit of stay in Hong Kong will not be accepted.

The above represents requirements laid down by the Director of Immigration of the HKSAR. The employer is advised to find out from the relevant consulate in the HKSAR the latest requirements and policies on employment and immigration matters which may affect the Helper's employment in the HKSAR before submitting the contracts to the Director of Immigration in support of the Helper's application for a visa.

Important Notes

It is an offence to make false statements or representations to an immigration officer. A person who knowingly and wilfully 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 the HKSAR and any such visa issued shall have no effect. Any aider and abettor in such offence is also liable to criminal prosecution.

An application with incomplete supporting documents will not be accepted and will be returned to the employer or his/her representative.

Notwithstanding that the documents and information required have been furnished, the Helper or the employer may still be required to submit further supporting documents and information in connection with the application 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, authorised public translator, certified translator, expert translator or official translator.

Please note that the expiry date of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) is not the end date of the Helper's stay in the HKSAR. The actual end date is the limit of stay on the Helper's passport. Helpers who remain in Hong Kong after the permitted period are liable to prosecution and are subject to a fine of up to HK$50,000 and imprisonment for up to two years on conviction. They are also liable to removal from the HKSAR after serving the sentence. Persons so removed will not be allowed to come to the HKSAR to work as Helpers. Any person who aids and abets a Helper to remain in Hong Kong after the permitted period is also liable to criminal prosecution.

Online Appointment Booking

Eligible applicants can make appointments online or through the 24-hour appointment booking hotline at 2598 0888 before submission their applications in person, or by authorized persons. Please click here for further information about online appointment booking.

Payment of Fee

If the application is approved, a visa fee is payable to the HKSAR Government upon visa collection. Payment of visa fee can be made in cash, by cheque or by Easy Payment System upon visa collection. Cheque must be crossed and made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.

Fee Table

After Applying

Change of employer

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Interview

The Helper is required to await notification from the Immigration Department of the HKSAR for an interview in connection with the application. Where necessary, the new employer may also be required to attend.Furthermore, other documents in support of the application may be required by the processing officer in individual cases.

Result Notification

The Helper or employer will be notified in writing of the outcome of the application. The Helper is not permitted to start work for the new employer until the application is approved by the Director of Immigration.

Payment of Fee

If the application is approved, a visa fee is payable to the HKSAR Government upon visa collection. Payment of visa fee can be made in cash, by cheque or by Easy Payment System upon visa collection. Cheque must be crossed and made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.

Fee Table

Change of Residential Address

Employer and Helper should notify Director of Immigration if the employer’s residential address registered on the employment contract is no longer valid or there is any change to the Schedule of Accommodation and Domestic Duties of the employment contract by completing form ID 407G.

If the new address is a flat in a housing estate run by the Housing Department or the Hong Kong Housing Society, the employer should produce:

  • A letter of consent from the appropriate authority granting permission for the Helper to reside in the premises
  • A copy of the tenancy agreement
Termination of Contract

The standard Employment Contract (ID 407) is not transferrable and if for any reason it is terminated before the standard contract period of two years has been completed, the initiating party should in writing inform the other party of the exact date of termination of the contract. Both the employer and the Helper should notify the Director of Immigration by submitting a completed "Notification of Termination of Employment Contract with Foreign Domestic Helper" (ID 407E) or a letter within 7 days of the date of termination. Alternatively, notifications may be made online at www.gov.hk/fdhtermination. Please click for more on “Standard Employment Contract & Terms of Employments of Helpers

Helpers are normally admitted for a period of two years or until two weeks after termination of contract, whichever is the earlier. Only in exceptional circumstances that they may submit applications to Foreign Domestic Helpers Section to extend their stay in Hong Kong as a visitor by completing Application for Extension of Stay (ID 91).

Before Applying

Completion of remaining period of current contract

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Introduction

Where the validity of the Helper’s passport is shorter than the duration of the employment contract, a shorter limit of stay in line with the passport validity may be granted upon arrival of the Helper or application for contract renewal by the Helper. After renewal of the Helper’s passport, application should be made for an extension of stay for completing the remaining period of the current contract, provided that the employer confirms to continue the employment of the Helper.

Eligibility Criteria

Employers who wish to employ Helpers have to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. The employer is financially capable of employing a Helper after his/her household expenditure has been deducted. In general, for every Helper to be employed, the employer must have a household income of no less than HK$15,000 per month or assets of comparable amount to support the employment of a Helper for the whole contractual period. The monthly household income figure of HK$15,000 may be adjusted by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) from time to time.
  2. The Helper and the employer shall enter into a standard Employment Contract (ID 407) as specified by the Director of Immigration.
  3. The Helper shall only be required to perform domestic duties for the employer as per the Schedule of Accommodation and Domestic Duties attached to the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  4. The Helper shall not be required or allowed by the employer to take up any other employment with any other person during his/her stay in the HKSAR and within the contract period specified in Clause 2 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  5. The employer undertakes to pay the Helper a salary that is no less than the minimum allowable wage announced by the HKSAR Government and prevailing at the date of application for employing the Helper.
  6. The Helper shall work and reside in the employer's residence1 as specified in Clause 3 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407).
  7. The Helper shall be provided with suitable accommodation and with reasonable privacy2 .
  8. The bona fides of the employer and the Helper are not in doubt; there is no known record to the detriment of the employer and the Helper. For details of matters which will be taken into account, please refer to the part “Breaches” below.
  9. The employer is a bona fide resident in the HKSAR

A Helper must be in possession of a proper visa before he/she travels to the HKSAR. The issuance of a visa to individual Helper is subject to the normal immigration requirements being met (such as holding a valid travel document with adequate returnability to his/her country of residence or citizenship; be of clear criminal record and raises no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR, has no likelihood of becoming a burden on the HKSAR; etc). Employers who satisfy the above criteria should not assume that their Helper's visa application would be approved automatically.

Helpers are not admitted to Hong Kong for settlement. They are not eligible to bring their dependants to Hong Kong for residence.

Footnote:

1Employers who have obtained the Director of Immigration's approval before 1 April 2003 to let their Helpers live out can continue to do so, so long as they continue to employ Helpers without a break of more than 6 months.

2Examples of unsuitable accommodation are: the Helper having to sleep on made-do beds in the corridor with little privacy or sharing a room with an adult or teenager of the opposite sex.

Home Leave Arrangement

In accordance with Clause 13 of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407), the Helper shall, upon expiry of an old contract and before the commencement of a new contract, return to his/her place of origin for vacation with the return fare paid by the employer. A Helper should not stay in the HKSAR longer than the permitted period of stay.

Under normal circumstances, the Helper should return to his/her place of origin after the completion of contract and apply for a visa to return to the HKSAR to start the new contract. If circumstances do not permit the Helper to return to his/her place of origin for vacation immediately upon expiry of the old contract, subject to the employer's and Helper's mutual agreement, the Helper may apply for an extension of stay for him/her to defer the vacation leave. The Helper and employer shall complete the relevant parts of ID 988A and ID 988B respectively and submit them to the Director of Immigration for consideration.

On application, an extension of stay of normally not exceeding one year may be granted by the Director of Immigration upon payment of an extension fee. Further extension of stay within the contract period will not be allowed. Therefore, arrangements should be made for the Helper to return to his/her place of origin for vacation within the one-year extension period, and for the Helper to use the visa (with visa fee waived and with a validity in line with the extension of stay granted) to enter the HKSAR to complete the contract.

 

Undertaking

All Helpers and their employers are required to give an undertaking to the Government of the HKSAR. If an employer breaches the undertaking under Part 5 of the "Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad" form (ID 988B), his/her conduct will be taken into account in considering any future application he/she may make to employ a Helper and any such application may be refused. If a Helper breaches the undertaking under Part 6 of the "Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad" (ID 988A), his/her conduct will be an adverse consideration in considering any future application for employment visa or for extension of stay in the HKSAR and any such application may be refused.

Breaches

An employer will not normally be considered eligible to employ a Helper for a period of time where he/she has breached/has been convicted of any of the following breaches/offences:

  1. Offences relating to a Helper(s) under immigration laws (including aiding and abetting in the breach of a condition of stay);
  2. Offences relating to a Helper(s) under labour laws;
  3. Offences relating to assault or harassment of a Helper(s); or
  4. Breach of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) or of the undertaking given to the Government of the HKSAR under Part 5 of the "Application for Employment of Domestic Helper from Abroad" form (ID 988B).

In addition to requiring the Helper to meet normal immigration requirements (such as holding a valid travel document with adequate returnability to his/her country of residence or citizenship; be of clear criminal record and raises no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR, has no likelihood of becoming a burden on the HKSAR; etc), the Director of Immigration will take the following offences/breaches into account in considering any future application by a Helper for employment visa or for extension of stay in the HKSAR and such future application will not normally be approved:

  1. Offences under immigration laws; or
  2. Breach of obligations under the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) or Undertaking to the Government of the HKSAR under Part 6 of the "Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad" (ID 988A).
Levy

The requirement for the collection of the Employees Retraining Levy (levy) from employers of Helpers has been abolished after the expiry of the suspension of its collection on 1 August 2013.

Nevertheless, employers who owe an overdue levy to the Director of Immigration are still required to settle the outstanding payment immediately. Should any employer fail to settle the outstanding payment, Immigration Department would take into account such adverse record and he/she may be considered ineligible for employment of Helpers for a certain period of time.

All levy paid is not refundable under any circumstances.

Processing Time

Applications for completing the remaining period of the current contract by post, drop-in or by online submission will normally be finalized within 10 working days upon receipt of all necessary documents. For in person application, the approved extension visa label will normally be issued on the same day.

Applying

Completion of remaining period of current contract

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Application Forms

The Helper should complete application form ID 988A. The application forms (ID 988A) can be obtained free of charge from the following offices:

  • Immigration Department Headquarters; and
  • Immigration Branch Offices except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office.

The forms can also be downloaded from the Immigration Department's website at www.immd.gov.hk.

Submission of Application

Applications for completing the remaining period of the current contract may be submitted as follows:

  1. in person or by authorised person at or made by post/drop-in to the Foreign Domestic Helpers Section, 3/F, Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai; or
  2. in person or by authorised person at the following Immigration Branch Offices:
    1. East Kowloon Office
      Level 2, Sceneway Plaza, Sceneway Garden, 1-17 Sceneway Road, Lam Tin, Kowloon.
    2. West Kowloon Office
      G/F, 28 Kimberley Street, Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon.
    3. Sha Tin Office
      3/F, Sha Tin Government Offices, 1 Sheung Wo Che Road, Sha Tin, N.T.
    4. Fo Tan Office
      Shops 405 & 406, 4/F, Jubilee Square, 2-18 Lok King Street, Fo Tan, N.T.
    5. Yuen Long Office
      Shop B, G/F, Manhattan Plaza, 23 Sai Ching Street, Yuen Long, N.T.
  3. Office Hours
i. Foreign Domestic Helpers Section, Immigration Tower
Monday - Friday 8:45 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
ii. Immigration Branch Offices (except Hong Kong Island Travel Documents Issuing Office)
Monday - Friday 9:00 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  1. Applications may also be made online at www.gov.hk/esapplication.
  2. In submitting the application, the Helpers should produce the following documents:
    1. Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988A) completed and signed by the Helper;
    2. original of his/her travel document (for in-person application) or copy of the Helper's travel document including the pages showing his/her personal particulars, photo, passport validity, latest visa label and latest landing endorsement/landing slip/extension of stay label (for application made by post, drop-in or online);
    3. copy of the proof of employer's financial position (see note 2 below);
    4. copy of the proof of the employer's residential address (see note 2 below); and
    5. Employer’s supporting letter to confirm continuous employment.

Note:

(1) For applications submitted online, the original employment contract (notarised, if so required by the local consulate) should also be submitted for inspection upon collection of extension label.

(2) Proof of employer's financial position and residential address is not required (provided that the employer's average household income remains no less than HK$15,000 (for each domestic helper to be employed) and there is no change in the residential address). Nevertheless, further supporting documents may be required in individual cases.

Applications submitted after the expiry of the contract and the Helper's valid limit of stay in Hong Kong will not be accepted.

List of forms and documents in support of an application for completion of remaining period of current contract is available for download at ‘Checklist of Forms and Documents Required for Application for Domestic Helpers from Abroad’.

Unless asked to do so, please do not send in originals of the supporting documents (except standard Employment Contract (ID 407)).

The above represents requirements laid down by the Director of Immigration of the HKSAR. The employer is advised to find out from the relevant consulate in the HKSAR the latest requirements and policies on employment and immigration matters which may affect the Helper's employment in the HKSAR before submitting the contracts to the Director of Immigration in support of the Helper's application for a visa.

Important Notes

It is an offence to make false statements or representations to an immigration officer. A person who knowingly and wilfully 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 the HKSAR and any such visa issued shall have no effect. Any aider and abettor in such offence is also liable to criminal prosecution.

An application with incomplete supporting documents will not be accepted and will be returned to the employer or his/her representative

Notwithstanding that the documents and information required have been furnished, the Helper or the employer may still be required to submit further supporting documents and information in connection with the application 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, authorised public translator, certified translator, expert translator or official translator.

Please note that the expiry date of the standard Employment Contract (ID 407) is not the end date of the Helper's stay in the HKSAR. The actual end date is the limit of stay on the Helper's passport. Helpers who remain in Hong Kong after the permitted period are liable to prosecution and are subject to a fine of up to HK$50,000 and imprisonment for up to two years on conviction. They are also liable to removal from the HKSAR after serving the sentence. Persons so removed will not be allowed to come to the HKSAR to work as Helpers. Any person who aids and abets a Helper to remain in Hong Kong after the permitted period is also liable to criminal prosecution.

Online Appointment Booking

Eligible applicants can make appointments online or through the 24-hour appointment booking hotline at 2598 0888 before submission their applications in person, or by authorized persons. Please click here for further information about online appointment booking.

Processing Time

Applications for contract renewal with the same employer by post, drop-in or by online submission will normally be finalized within 10 working days upon receipt of all necessary documents. For in person application, the approved extension visa label will normally be issued on the same day

Payment of Fee

If the application is approved, a visa fee is payable to the HKSAR Government upon visa collection. Payment of visa fee can be made in cash, by cheque or by Easy Payment System upon visa collection. Cheque must be crossed and made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.

Fee Table

After Applying

Completion of remaining period of current contract

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Interview

Notwithstanding that all the supporting documents have been submitted, the employer/Helper may still be required to attend an interview in connection with the application. Furthermore, other documents in support of the application may be required by the processing officer in individual cases.

Result Notification

For application submitted in person, the applicant or his/her employer will be notified of the result after the application is finalized.

For application submitted other than in person, if the application is approved, the Helper will be notified by letter to collect the visa at the Immigration Department. If the application is rejected, the Helper will be notified in writing.

Payment of Fee

If the application is approved, a visa fee is payable to the HKSAR Government upon visa collection. Payment of visa fee can be made in cash, by cheque or by Easy Payment System upon visa collection. Cheque must be crossed and made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region". Post-dated cheque will not be accepted.

Fee Table

Change of Residential Address

Employer and Helper should notify Director of Immigration if the employer’s residential address registered on the employment contract is no longer valid or there is any change to the Schedule of Accommodation and Domestic Duties of the employment contract by completing form ID 407G.

If the new address is a flat in a housing estate run by the Housing Department or the Hong Kong Housing Society, the employer should produce:

  • A letter of consent from the appropriate authority granting permission for the Helper to reside in the premises
  • A copy of the tenancy agreement
Termination of Contract

The standard Employment Contract (ID 407) is not transferrable and if for any reason it is terminated before the standard contract period of two years has been completed, the initiating party should in writing inform the other party of the exact date of termination of the contract. Both the employer and the Helper should notify the Director of Immigration by submitting a completed "Notification of Termination of Employment Contract with Foreign Domestic Helper" (ID 407E) or a letter within 7 days of the date of termination. Alternatively, notifications may be made online at www.gov.hk/fdhtermination. Please click for more on “Standard Employment Contract & Terms of Employments of Helpers

Helpers are normally admitted for a period of two years or until two weeks after termination of contract, whichever is the earlier. Only in exceptional circumstances that they may submit applications to Foreign Domestic Helpers Section to extend their stay in Hong Kong as a visitor by completing Apllication for Extension of Stay (ID 91)