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Hong Kong Resident Visa Extension of Stay applications processing update under COVID-19

The Hong Kong Immigration Department has announced that in view of the travel restrictions and difficulties imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Hong Kong non-permanent resident visa-holders may apply to extend their visa whilst currently overseas. This is a temporary measure and not applicable to Foreign Domestic Helpers and Imported Workers.


The Immigration Department published the announcement on 31 December 2020 and the announcement may be viewed here below and at its source here.

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The Immigration Department Accepts Applications for Return to Hong Kong from Non-Permanent Residents Outside Hong Kong under the COVID-19 Pandemic (Not Applicable to Foreign Domestic Helpers and Imported Workers)


In general, persons admitted into Hong Kong under various immigration policies/schemes may apply for extension of stay within four weeks before their limit of stay expires. Applicants should be physically present in Hong Kong both at the time of applications and collection of the relevant labels (for approved applications).

Some persons outside Hong Kong with their limit of stay about to expire / expired and, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, may not be able to return to Hong Kong timely to apply for extension of stay. For those whose limit of stay is about to expire (within four weeks) / has expired for less than 12 months, they may submit a duly completed application form together with the required supporting documents required for application for extension of stay under the relevant immigration policy/scheme concerned in general situations, and a letter setting out the details on their inability to return to Hong Kong timely for the extension of stay formalities. If the applicants continue to meet the eligibility criteria under the relevant immigration policy/scheme concerned and it is satisfied that the applicants’ circumstances are a continuation of their previous residence in Hong Kong, the Immigration Department may consider issuing the applicants with a visa/entry permit for their return to Hong Kong within the validity of that visa/entry permit.

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For details on the arrangement, please visit the Immigration Department's website: www.immd.gov.hk.

Currently only Hong Kong permanent residents and those holding valid visas are permitted entry into Hong Kong. Travellers to Hong Kong can find information on the latest quarantine arrangements upon arrival here.

Marbury Encore can help to apply for resident visas including dependent visas and employment visas. Contact us to find out more about our range of visa services.