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Hong Kong return visa applications accepted

Hong Kong non-permanent residents who are currently outside Hong Kong with their limit of stay about to expire or expired may apply for a visa or entry permit to return to the city, the Immigration Department announced today.

It said the decision was made due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In general, people admitted into Hong Kong under various immigration policies or schemes may apply for an extension of stay within four weeks before expiry. Applicants should be physically present in Hong Kong both at the time of application and collection of the relevant labels.

Due to the pandemic, if people are outside Hong Kong with their limit of stay expiring within four weeks or expired for less than 12 months and are not able to return to Hong Kong timely to apply for an extension of stay, they may submit a duly completed application form together with the required supporting documents for application for an extension of stay under the relevant immigration policy or scheme.

They are also required to provide a letter setting out the details on their inability to return to Hong Kong timely for the extension of stay formalities.

This arrangement does not apply to foreign domestic helpers and imported workers.

If the application is approved, the applicant will be issued with a visa or entry permit for their return to Hong Kong within the validity of that visa or entry permit.

Visit the department's website for more details.
For questions, please email the Immigration Department at enquiry@immd.gov.hk.

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