Entry for Dependents
If you have been allowed entry under the General Employment Scheme, you are allowed to bring your spouse (same or opposite gender) and dependent children under 18 years with you to Hong Kong. The applicant applying under the GEP needs to sponsor their accompanying dependents.
In our working visa agency’s past experience, your dependent application may be favourably considered if:
- You provide evidence of a genuine relationship between the sponsor and the dependents.
- Your dependents have no previous record that could be detrimental to them.
- You have sufficient funds to financially support your dependents and provide suitable accommodation to them in Hong Kong.
Procedures and timeline of a work visa application
The applicant and the employing company can prepare the required documentation in accordance with our consultant’s guidance. After having prepared the necessary documentation required, the application can then be submitted to the Hong Kong Immigration Department, which must be done in person or by post.
Under normal circumstances, the processing of a work visa application by the Immigration Department takes about 4 to 6 weeks. Sometimes the Immigration Department may request for further documentation to support the case if necessary.
Once your work visa application in Hong Kong has been approved, a visa/entry permit label will then be issued to the applicant and it must be attached on a blank page inside the applicant’s passport, and be properly presented to the immigration officer upon arrival in Hong Kong.
Please note that most work visas in Hong Kong issued are initially valid for a period of 2 years. Alternatively, if the application was unsuccessful or rejected, there are procedures in place where an appeal can be filed with the relevant authorities.
Working visa extensions/renewals for Hong Kong
Working visa extensions or renewal applications can be submitted by the holder of a valid working visa in Hong Kong who wishes to continue his/her career in Hong Kong, if their employment conditions in Hong Kong are continued as well. Normally, the first issued work visa will be valid for 24 months (2 years), and applicants are advised to apply for a working visa renewal in Hong Kong within 4 weeks before the current visa is set to expire.
Upon a successful Hong Kong working visa extension or renewal application, normally you will be issued with a new working visa extension visa that is valid for 3 years, and can be done so quite conveniently through your current employer.
Please take note that the working visa for Hong Kong will automatically expire in accordance with the validity period of the passport, and it is fundamental to check the expiration date of the passport before applying for working visa renewals in Hong Kong. If your passport is not overdue, you may apply for a passport renewal at the relevant embassy in Hong Kong.