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What is the reminder? The Hong Kong Immigration Department is reminding residents born in 1985 or 1986 that the application period for obtaining new Smart ID Cards ends March 30.
What does it mean? Applicants born in 1985 or 1986 must apply in person at a Smart ID Card Replacement Centre and may book an appointment online, by phone or by mobile app.
Background: In October, the Hong Kong government announced a four-year plan to replace all Smart ID cards. The application periods are being introduced in phases, corresponding to cardholders’ year of birth.
Replacement application period
Dec. 27, 2018 – March 30, 2019
Jan. 21, 2019 – March 30, 2019
April 1, 2019 – June 1, 2019
Analysis & Comments: Applicants born in 1985 and 1986 are now eligible to apply and are encouraged to do so as early as possible to avoid the last-minute rush before the March 30 deadline. Residents who are abroad during their eligible replacement period will have 30 days after they return to Hong Kong to apply for replacement of their cards.
Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.
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