Change of Visa Status

A change of status visa application is required when an applicant changes his/her immigration status regardless the current work visa in Hong Kong is still valid or not.

A change of visa status might involve a dependant spouse divorcing and receiving a job offer or an employed person deciding to start his/her own business. In the first instance the applicant has to change from a dependant spouse visa for a work visa, and in the second, a work visa for an investment visa. However, the most common is changing from a visitor visa to a work visa.

Prism’s Visa Consultant Service Involves:

  • Provide visa consultation service regarding to the documents required for the appropriate visa application;
    Prepare a tailor-made document checklist for the applicant;
    Complete all necessary Immigration forms;
    Review and organize the collected documents in favor of immigration policy;
    Suggest alternative documents if the applicant is not able to get the listed documents;
    Submit the application to Immigration Department;
    Reply on the applicant’s behalf to all enquiries and correspondence from Immigration Department;
    Prepare and draft all letters required for submission to Immigration Department;
    Monitor the application process;
    Keep the applicant updated on the status of the application;
    Accept the approval and have the visa endorsed onto the applicant's passport.

Application Procedure:

  • 1. Free consultation regarding to the change of status visa application;
    2. Advise the applicant and the sponsoring company on their alternatives and the likelihood of success;
    3. Obtain the applicant/sponsoring company’s signature on the letter of engagement;
    4. Obtain deposit payment;
    5. Prepare a tailor-made document checklist for the application;
    6. Complete immigration forms, drafts and letters;
    7. Review the collected documents to ensure they are correctly presented;
    8. Draft all letters required for submission to Immigration Department;
    9. Ongoing liaison with Immigration Department;
    10. Reply Immigration Department’s enquiries on the applicant’s behalf;
    11. Accept the visa approval and have the visa label endorsed onto the applicant's passport.

Documents Required:

  • A Change of Status Visa application form ID(E) 91/990A/999A with the applicant’s signatures;
    A Change of Status Visa application form ID(E) 990B/999B with the sponsor's signatures;
    Copy of the applicant’s passport;
    Copy of the documents which fit to the change of visa status’ application.

Processing Time:

  • The visa application process normally takes 4 to 6 weeks from the date of submission.


  • At the discretion of Immigration Department, the visa is valid for 1 or 2 years.
  • No new visa label will be issued if the current visa label is valid for more than 9 months.
  • A change in status visa category does not alter the status of the applicant's Hong Kong Identity Card.

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