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The Immigration Department Accepts Applications for Extension of Stay from Hong Kong Non-permanent Residents Outside Hong Kong under the Pandemic (With Effect From 8 April 2022)

In view of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, a new facilitation measure will be implemented by the Immigration Department (ImmD) with effect from 8 April 2022 that eligible non-permanent residents who are outside Hong Kong may apply for extension of stay (“new measure”). Tentatively, the validity of the new measure will expire on 31 December 2022. Depending on the development of the COVID-19 pandemic, ImmD will review whether to extend the measure in due course.

Before the implementation of the new measure, persons applying for extension of stay are required to be physically present in Hong Kong both at the time of applications and collection of the “e-Visa” (or the traditional label) for extension of stay. As the fifth wave of the epidemic is severe and is expected to last for some time, ImmD has been actively exploring on how to further facilitate Hong Kong non-permanent residents who are outside Hong Kong and are unable to return to Hong Kong timely to apply for extension of stay under the pandemic.

With effect from 8 April 2022, eligible non-permanent residents who are admitted into Hong Kong under the following immigration policies / schemes and whose limit of stay is about to expire (generally within four weeks) but are presently outside Hong Kong may apply for an extension of stay under the new measure:

  1. General Employment Policy (including both employment and investment as entrepreneurs);
  2. Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals;
  3. Quality Migrant Admission Scheme;
  4. Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates;
  5. Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents;
  6. Technology Talent Admission Scheme;
  7. Capital Investment Entrant Scheme;
  8. residence as dependants; and
  9. students enrolled in full-time study programmes.

Eligible applicants may submit the applications online or through their sponsors / authorised representatives in Hong Kong in accordance with the prevailing application procedures for extension of stay. If the applicant concerned continues to meet the eligibility criteria under the relevant immigration policy / scheme and it is satisfied that his/her circumstances are continuation of his/her previous residence in Hong Kong, ImmD may approve his/her application for extension of stay. Successful applicants may download the “e-Visa” for extension of stay upon payment of fee. Applicants will be able to complete the whole process and activate the “e-Visa” for extension of stay from outside Hong Kong.

The new measure will replace the temporary measure announced by ImmD on 31 December 2020 in respect of non-permanent residents outside Hong Kong applying for returning to Hong Kong due to pandemic (for details, please refer to https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202012/31/P2020123100764.htm) (old temporary measure). For details of the arrangements for changing from the old temporary measure to the new measure, please refer to transitional arrangements.

Non-permanent residents are reminded that the approval of extension of stay does not constitute any implication or acknowledgement from ImmD that they can fulfil the ordinary residence requirement under the relevant provisions of the Immigration Ordinance, Cap.115 for acquiring the right of abode. Even if their applications for extension of stay are approved, whether they can fulfil the 7-year continuous ordinary residence requirement for acquiring the right of abode in Hong Kong will have to be assessed by ImmD at the time when they apply for verification of eligibility for a permanent identity card.

Transitional Arrangements

Transitional Arrangements for changing from the old temporary measure(Note 1) to the new measure(Note 2)

Scenario Arrangement under the new measure
(i)

Non-permanent residents whose applications to return to Hong Kong under the old temporary measure have already been approved.

Have already collected the entry visa / permit but did not return to Hong Kong within its validity (i.e. the entry visa / permit has expired).

Non-permanent residents may change to apply to ImmD for an extension of stay by using the designated form (ID 92). If the application is approved, applicants may download the “e-Visa” for extension of stay after payment of fee.

Have already collected the entry visa / permit and it is still valid. They may continue to use the entry visa / permit to return to Hong Kong within its validity.

Have not yet collected the entry visa / permit.

(ii)

Non-permanent residents who have already submitted applications for returning to Hong Kong under the old temporary measure and the applications are still under processing by ImmD (i.e. the applicants have not yet received the notification of result from ImmD as at 7 April 2022).

Applicants do not need to re-submit applications. ImmD will process the applications under the new measure.

(iii)

Eligible non-permanent residents who have not submitted applications for returning to Hong Kong previously.

Eligible non-permanent residents may apply for an extension of stay under the new measure.

[Note: They need to apply in accordance with the general procedures for applications for extension of stay. The above designated form (ID 92) is NOT APPLICABLE to them].

Note 1: The old temporary measure refers to the arrangement announced on 31 December 2020 in respect of non-permanent residents outside Hong Kong applying for entry visa / permit to return to Hong Kong due to the pandemic (https://www.info.gov.hk/gia/general/202012/31/P2020123100764.htm).

Note 2: The new measure refers to the measure implemented with effect from 8 April 2022 in respect of eligible non-permanent residents outside Hong Kong applying for extension of stay.

 

11-04-2022