Dependant Visa

A dependant spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18, may accompany a sponsor who holds either a valid visa, e.g. employment, investment, student (depends on the nature), other resident visas, or who has already attained permanent residency in Hong Kong to apply dependant visas. Dependant visa has to apply individually. (Or a resident who is not subject to a limit of stay (i.e. a resident with the right to land or on unconditional stay).

Under the current Hong Kong immigration policy, dependant visa holders are free to work, study or set up their own business in Hong Kong.

The age limit for unmarried dependent children should be under 18, and the age limit for dependant parents should be 60 or above. Only permanent residents are allowed to sponsor dependant parents.

Nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Cuba and North Korea are not allowed to sponsor dependants.

The processing time will approximately take 4-6 weeks from the date of submission.

Prism Service Involves:
  • Provide consultation service regarding to the documents required for the dependant visa application;
    Prepare a tailor-made document checklist for the applicant and the applicant’s Hong Kong sponsor;
    Complete all necessary Hong Kong Immigration forms for the applicant;
    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 and the sponsor updated on the status of the application;
    Accept the approval and have the visa delivered to the applicant;
    Provide guidance on Hong Kong Identity Card application.
Application Procedure:
  • 1. Free consultation regarding to the Hong Kong dependant visa application;
    2. Advise the applicant and the sponsor on the alternatives and the likelihood of success;
    3. Obtain the sponsor’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 collect the visa label from Immigration Department;
    12. Deliver the Hong Kong visa to the sponsor;
    13. Provide guidance on Hong Kong Identity Card application.
Documents Required:
  • An application Form ID(E) 997 with the applicant and sponsor’s signatures;
    Copy of the applicant’s passport;
    Supporting documents to prove the applicant's relationship to the sponsor.
Processing Time:
  • The Hong Kong visa application process normally takes 4 to 6 weeks from the date of submission.
Remarks:
  • Student visa holders are not allowed to work in Hong Kong unless getting a consent from Immigration Department

Change of Visa Status

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

A change of 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 Service Involves:
  • Provide consultation service regarding to the documents required for the appropriate visa application;
    Prepare a tailor-made document checklist for the applicant;
    Complete all necessary Hong Kong Immigration forms for the applicant;
    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:
  • An application form ID(E) 91/990A/999A with the applicant’s signatures;
    An 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 Hong Kong visa application process normally takes 4 to 6 weeks from the date of submission.
Remarks:
  • 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 visa category does not alter the status of the applicant's Hong Kong Identity Card.

Visa for De Facto Spouse

A de facto spouse, i.e. one without a formal marriage certificate, is not eligible for a dependant visa. A same gender spouse with marriage certificate in overseas, is also not eligible for a dependant visa. They can however apply for prolonged visitor visas. This allows for an extended stay but does not entail the same rights and benefits as a dependant visa. A de facto spouse cannot work or study without the prior permission of Immigration Department and is not eligible to apply for a right of abode after seven consecutive years in Hong Kong. The prolonged visitor visa holder is also not eligible to get a resident Hong Kong Identity Card.

To be successful in an application for extension of stay as a prolonged visitor, the holder of a prolonged visitor visa must provide the Immigration Department with proof of the reason for extending and proof of their financial status.

Prism Service Involves:
  • Provide consultation service regarding to the documents required for the prolonged visitor visa application;
    Prepare a tailor-made document checklist for the applicant and the sponsor;
    Complete all necessary Hong Kong Immigration forms for the applicant;
    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 delivered to the applicant.
Application Procedure:
  • 1. Free consultation regarding to the prolonged visitor visa application;
    2. Advise the applicant on the alternatives and the likelihood of success;
    3. Obtain the applicant’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. Submit the prolonged visitor visa application;
    10. Ongoing liaison with Immigration Department;
    11. Reply Immigration Department’s enquiries on the applicant’s behalf;
    12. Accept the visa approval and collect the visa label from Immigration Department;
    13. Deliver the prolonged visitor visa to the sponsor/applicant.
Documents Required:
  • An application form ID(E) 91 with the applicant’s signatures;
    An application form ID(E) 1003B with the applicant’s signatures;
    Copy of the applicant’s passport;
    Supporting documents to prove the long-term relationship with the de facto spouse.
Processing Time:
  • The Hong Kong visa application process normally takes 4 to 8 weeks from the date of submission.
Remarks:
  • A prolonged visitor visa holder is not entitled to get a HK Identity Card.
    A prolonged visitor visa extension will be granted at the discretion of Immigration Department. However, under normal circumstances without any changes on the relationship, Immigration Department will grant another six months.

Student Visa

Foreign students accepted by recognized Hong Kong universities, private and local schools, can apply for Hong Kong student visas.

An application for a student visa may be favorably considered if :

  • The applicant is admitted to a private school registered under the Education Ordinance (Cap. 279) or Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap.320). Except for post-secondary education, entry for study in public or aided schools (other than English Schools Foundation Schools, ESF and Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools) is not permitted;
    An Applicant takes up studies in a full-time locally-accredited post-secondary program including short-term course or part-time locally-accredited taught postgraduate local program;
    An applicant is admitted on exchange in full-time locally-accredited local programs at sub-degree level for not more than 6 months or on exchange in full-time locally-accredited local or non-local program for not more than one year at undergraduate or above level; or
    An applicant is enrolled in a full-time course on the register of non-local higher education or professional courses as set up under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Cap. 493);
    An applicant is from the age of 5 years and 8 months to 11 for primary education;
    An applicant is below the age of 20 for secondary education;
    The applicant holds a school acceptance letter to confirm that the applicant has been accepted for a course of study; and
    The applicant is able to meet the fees for the course, the living expenses for the applicant’s maintenance and accommodation without working and without recourse to public funds.

    This entry arrangement does not apply to:
    Chinese residents of Mainland of China and Taiwan;
    Former Mainland Chinese residents settled in Macao who were not settled there by January 14, 1979; and
    Nationals of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, North Korea, Nepal and Vietnam.

    However, Chinese residents of Mainland, Macao and Taiwan may apply for student visas to take up:
    Studies in full-time locally-accredited post-secondary local or non-local programs;
    Studies in part-time locally-accredited taught post-graduate local programs;
    Exchange in full-time locally-accredited local programs at sub-degree level for not more than 6 months or exchange in full-time locally-accredited local or non-local programs at undergraduate or above level for not more than one year; or
    Full time short-term studies is offered by Hong Kong higher education institutions with degree-awarding powers (excluding their continuing and professional education arms); and
    The cumulative duration of short-term studies taken up by any student should not exceed 180 days within any 12 months period.
    In addition, Chinese residents of the Mainland may also apply to attend secondary school level short-term exchange program approved by the Education Bureau of not more than 2 weeks, if accompanied by Mainland teachers.
Prism Service Involves:
  • Provide consultation service regarding to the documents required for student visa application;
    Prepare a tailor-made document checklist for the applicant and the sponsor;
    Complete all necessary Hong Kong Immigration forms for the applicant;
    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 on the applicant’s passport and delivered to the applicant;
    Provide guidance on Hong Kong Identity Card application if the visa is valid more than 6 months.
Application Procedure:
  • 1. Free consultation regarding to the Hong Kong Student visa application;
    2. Advise the applicant and the sponsor on the alternatives and the likelihood of success;
    3. Obtain the sponsor’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 collect the visa label from Immigration Department;
    12. Deliver the Hong Kong visa to the sponsor;
    13. Provide guidance on Hong Kong Identity Card application if the visa is valid for more than six months.
Documents Required:
  • An application form ID(E) 995A with the applicant’s signatures;
    An application form ID(E) 995B with the sponsor's signatures;
    Copy of the applicant’s passport (the personal particulars page);
    Copy of acceptance letter from the applicant’s school;
    Supporting documents to prove the applicant has enough funds to live and study in Hong Kong.
Processing Time:
  • The Hong Kong student visa application process normally takes 4 to 6 weeks from the date of submission.
Remarks:
  • Student visa holders are not allowed to work in Hong Kong unless getting a consent from Immigration Department

Right of Abode

Right of Abode guarantees landing rights in Hong Kong free from any conditions of stay. This ensures that a person with right of abode cannot be deported from Hong Kong.

Foreigners are eligible to apply for right of abode if:
  • The applicant holds a valid visa (excluding a visitor visa) for a continuous period of not less than seven years, up until and including, the right of abode application being considered by Immigration Department.
    The applicant has typically resided in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than seven years immediately before the submission of the right of abode application. This means the applicant can’t be absent from Hong Kong for longer than a few months during this 7-year period.
    Hong Kong has been the applicant’s only place of permanent residence during this 7-year period.
Prism Service Involves:
  • Provide consultation service regarding to the documents required for right of abode application;
    Prepare a tailor-made document checklist for the applicant;
    Complete all necessary Hong Kong Immigration forms for the applicant;
    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’s updated on the status of the application;
    Verification of documents for the applicant and proceed with cancellation of the current visa;
    Provide guidance on Permanent Hong Kong Identity Card application.
Application Procedure:
  • 1. Free consultation regarding to the Hong Kong right of abode application;
    2. Advise the applicant on the alternatives and the likelihood of success;
    3. Obtain the applicant’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. Submit the right of abode application;
    10. Ongoing liaison with Immigration Department;
    11. Reply Immigration Department’s enquiries on the applicant’s behalf;
    12. Taking approval of the right of abode application;
    13. Verification of the right of abode documents and cancellation of the current visa;
    14. Provide consultation regarding to the applicant’s Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card.
Documents Required:
  • An application form ROP 145 and/or ROP 146;
    Copies of all the applicant’s passports for the past 7 years;
    Supporting documents to prove the applicant’s continuous residence in Hong Kong for the past 7 years.
Processing Time:
  • The Right of Abode application process normally takes 4 to 12 weeks from the date of submission.
Remarks:
  • Once obtained, for the right of abode to remain valid, the applicant must visit Hong Kong at least once every 3 years.

Change of Nationality to Chinese

When a foreigner gets a right of abode (permanent resident) in Hong Kong, he/she can consider to apply naturalization as a Chinese National so that he/she can have a HKSAR passport and China Home Return Card. However, one should give up his/her original nationality and passport.

Factors to be considered in a Change of Nationality to Chinese Application:
* whether the applicant has a near relative who is a Chinese national with the right of abode in Hong Kong
* whether the applicant has the right of abode in Hong Kong
* whether the applicant’s habitual residence is in Hong Kong
* whether the principal members of the applicant’s family (spouse and minor children) are in Hong Kong
* whether the applicant has a reasonable income to support himself/herself and his/her family
* whether the applicant have paid taxes in accordance with the law
* whether the applicant has good character and sound mind
* whether the applicant has sufficient knowledge of the Chinese language
* whether the applicant intend to continue to live in Hong Kong in case his/her naturalization application is approved
* whether there are other legitimate reasons to support the application

Prism Service Involves:
  • Provide consultation service regarding to the documents required for change of nationality to Chinese application
    Prepare a tailor-made document checklist for the applicant
    Complete all necessary Hong Kong Immigration forms for the applicant
    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’s updated on the status of the application
    Inform to the applicant for the principle approval
    Provide guidance on renouncing the applicant’s original nationality
    Get the formal approval notification from Immigration Department
Application Procedure:
  • 1. Free consultation regarding to the change of nationality to Chinese application
    2. Advise the applicant on the alternatives and the likelihood of success
    3. Obtain the applicant’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. Submit the change of nationality to Chinese application
    9. Ongoing liaison with Immigration Department
    10. Reply Immigration Department’s enquiries on the applicant’s behalf
    11. Taking principal approval of the application
    12. Getting renunciation of original nationality approved
    13. Applying and getting approval on the HKSAR passport and China Home Return card
Documents Required:
  • An application Form ID 874;
    Copies of all the applicant’s passports for the past 7 years;
    Supporting documents to prove the applicant’s continuous residence in Hong Kong for the past 7 years;
Processing Time:
  • The Change of Nationality to Chinese application process normally takes 9 to 16 months from the date of submission.
Remarks:
  • Once approved, the applicant has to give up his/her original nationality. No dual citizenship is allowed.

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