The Hong Kong Immigration Department is now accepting applications from non-permanent residents currently outside of Hong Kong who wish to return.

Key Points:

  • Non-permanent residents who are currently not in Hong Kong may submit an application for a stay extension, along with the required supporting documents, if they meet the following conditions:
    • Their stay limit expires within the next four weeks or it has been expired for less than one year.
    • They are unable to return to Hong Kong to apply for the extension of stay.
  • Applicants who meet these conditions must also provide a letter describing the reasons they are unable to return to Hong Kong to extend their stays.
  • The Hong Kong Immigration Department will issue a visa or entry permit to applicants whose applications are approved. More information about the acceptance of applications is available here.

Additional Information: Applications are not being accepted from non-permanent residents who are foreign domestic helpers and imported workers currently outside Hong Kong.

Analysis & Comments: The acceptance of applications from non-permanent residents outside Hong Kong will allow a number of the approved applicants to return to Hong Kong. Employers may wish to consult with Deloitte about the application process. The response to the COVID-19 pandemic continues to develop, and Deloitte will provide additional updates as information becomes available. Please check Deloitte’s COVID-19 Digital Map, available here, for information on travel restrictions and immigration changes in other countries.

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