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Transition and Development

The Immigration Department was established on 4 August 1961 with a staff of around 200 only. Today, on its 55th anniversary, the Department has grown into a professional disciplined force of over 7,000 staff members. Given the close relation between the work of the Department and the daily life of the public, we have all along adhered to the people-oriented values by continuously improving the environment and facilities at our control points and offices, and by introducing electronic services and simplified procedures in order to provide efficient services to local residents and visitors. In spite of rising passenger throughput, the implementation of the automated clearance system (e-Channel) has greatly enhanced the handling capacity of immigration clearance at control points. Since the implementation of e-Channel, the Department has kept on enhancing its efficiency of clearance and expanding its target groups with great effectiveness, earning wide recognition from local residents and visitors.