Hong Kong immigration authorities announced they will modify visa application procedures for some individuals traveling for training or working holiday purposes.

Key Points:

  • Beginning June 19, dependents and students, among others, who are traveling to Hong Kong for training or working holiday purposes will be required to declare previous criminal convictions.
  • Hong Kong authorities will continue to process applications that are submitted on or before June 18 regardless of if a criminal convictions declaration was made.
  • More information regarding the requirement to declare previous criminal convictions is available here.

BAL Analysis: Hong Kong authorities will require some visa applicants to declare whether they have previous criminal convictions to increase security throughout the region.

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