Hong Kong SAR: Mandatory Online Applications for Certain Talent Admission Schemes Introduced
March 31, 2023
At a Glance
- Starting April 2, 2023, the Immigration Department (ImmD) of Hong Kong SAR will only accept initial visa and extension of stay applications for certain talent admission schemes on the online platform.
- Applicants will only be able to submit, pay and collect their e-Visa through the online platform.
- Eligibility and approval criteria will remain the same.
- Though processing may be faster under the online system, affected applicants lose the flexibility of filing in-person applications where urgent travel plans could be brought up to the immigration officers’ consideration.
The Immigration Department (ImmD) of Hong Kong SAR announced that starting April 2, 2023, initial visa and extension of stay applications under four talent admission schemes will only be accepted through the ImmD’s online portal.
A closer look
Mandatory electronic submission for:
|Online submission of supplemental documents, payment and collection||
The government introduced the e-Visa arrangement (which allows for submissions of applications and visa fee payments online); and the electronic issuance of an e-Visa (which removes the need for physical labels for entry visa/permit and extension of stay), in 2021.
Most recently, in November 2022, the ImmD extended electronic services for all visa application types, including visas/entry permits for visits, employment, investment, training, residence and study.
With this change in making the platform mandatory for certain applications, the ImmD is continuing its staged approach in introducing electronic services for visa applications.
It is likely that the government will require more mandatory online applications for other Talent Admission Schemes and ultimately require all visa applicants to submit applications online, completely ceasing all in-person applications.
This alert is for informational purposes only. If you have any questions, please contact the global immigration professional with whom you work at Fragomen or send an email to [email protected].
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