Upon submission of all essential documentation, it usually takes four weeks to process a visit/transit visa/entry permission application. The Immigration Department will be unable to begin processing the application until all needed papers and information are received. If any documents are missing or not complete, the application will not be processed.
It is recommended to start the application process as early as possible. It can take several months before you learn if your application has been accepted so it's best to start when you apply. If your application is rejected, you have the right to appeal.
The cost of the visa depends on many factors such as age at time of application, gender, purpose of visit, etc. The approximate cost of a visit visa is $140 USD for a single entry visa, $280 for a multiple entry visa. An additional $30 fee is required for each copy of the same application submitted in duplicate.
You can find more information about how long it takes to get a visa, what documents are required, how much it costs, and other facts about visas in our article about getting a visa to Hong Kong.
Upon submission of all essential documentation, it usually takes six weeks to process a visa or entrance permission application for study. If any documents are missing or incomplete, this could delay the processing time.
Visas are not valid for work in Hong Kong. Students must have an intention to pursue studies at a university, college or other educational institution upon arrival in Hong Kong.
The length of stay permitted by visa depends on whether you are a visitor or holder of a residence permit. Visitors are allowed to stay in Hong Kong for up to 90 days. They can extend their stay by another 90 days if they apply for a new entry permit. Holders of residence permits can stay indefinitely as long as they remain in good standing with the law and do not commit any crimes while in Hong Kong.
One requirement of residence permits is that students must leave after completing their studies. If they want to stay in Hong Kong longer than the permitted period, they need to apply for a new entry permit.
Extensions to visas and changes of course may be possible under certain circumstances, but these decisions are left to the discretion of the Immigration Department. It is best to check with them before you travel to see what options are available.
Your application will be processed in 7 business days, and the total cost will be USD 25.00. (service fees included). Processing time in a hurry Your visa will be ready in five business days. The fee is the same as the regular service.
Applications should take around 15 days to process, but they can take up to 30 days, especially during peak seasons. However, in difficult circumstances or if there is a backlog of applications, it may take up to 60 days, so apply early. Visas are valid for six months and can be extended once.
The time it takes to process an application depends on several factors, such as the office that handles it, the category of visa requested, and how busy those offices are at the time you submit your application. If you have any concerns about the timing of your application, please call us at 1-888-4VISA-NOW (1-888-478-2642).
It's best to apply as soon as you know you'll need a visa because there is a limited number of visa slots available for each country. If you delay applying, you might not be able to obtain a visa at all. The only exception is if there are still vacancies after a certain date and you can show that you made a strong effort to find out about visa requirements earlier, but even then, it's recommended to apply as soon as possible.
In most cases, the cost of a visa application is included in the price of the ticket. There may be occasions when an extra fee is required for processing certain types of applications.