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Why Do Some Hong Kong Visa Applications Take Months to Finalise (if Ever)?

October 17th, 2012

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 20 responses


 

If your application for a Hong Kong visa is taking a very long time to process any number of things could be going on to cause the delay.

For example, the Immigration Department may be doing deep background checks on you or any of your accompanying family members to assess your bona fides in respect of your identity and your relationship with people included in your application.

They may also be looking into the details of any employer and related overseas entities to better understand their origins and whether or not they could be said to represent a security threat to the HKSAR.

Sometimes, however, the Immigration Department choose not to finalise an application, keeping it open and pending on an indefinite basis as they have concerns about the bona fides and suspect there may be an immigration office being committed by the applicants – but don’t have the jurisdiction to prosecute as it is all happening outside of Hong Kong.

Similarly, if the applicant is in Hong Kong and the Immigration Department have concerns about an application but no evidence of any wrong doing when it basically should be approved all things considered, they may deliberately not finalise an application expecting that prolonged processing time will cause the applicant to withdraw and thereby solving a problem without the department needing to actually come to a decision.

As you can tell, these issues all relate back to the role that the Immigration Department play as part of the Security Branch of the HKSAR, so the bottom line is this.

If it’s taking a very long time, you can be very sure they believe there is a problem.

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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.

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RESPONSES
  • Steve

    2 Aug 2019 pm31 3:51pm
    01

    Hi
    Im a prospective university freshmen student for HKU waiting for my student visa.
    School notified me that my application docs were handed over to the immd on 9th of July and im yet to hear from them

    The question is, my close friend who applied the visa with me only one day earlier than I did got his visa last week. We are both from the same country. How come the processing time vary so much?
    Its not like im applying a complicated type of visa I don’t understand what could be the problem as the required papers were verified by my university already.

    The only possible reason i can think of is that I used to hold a student visa back in 2016 when I was going to HKUST, and I cancelled the visa three months ago because the new school im going to attend which is HKU told me to apply for a brand new student visa.

    Any help on this case please??

    • The Visa Geeza

      3 Aug 2019 am31 8:56am
      02

      Every case is different and you cannot glean one expected outcome from any other.

  • Kim

    5 Jul 2019 am31 12:01am
    03

    My niece is waiting her student visa for over 14 weeks now. Is there a problem with her application? Her school tuition fees are all paid up but until now nothing from immigration or school. She’s enrolled into a language centre that said they would get her a student visa like all other students in their school. What is the best thing to do now?

    • The Visa Geeza

      9 Jul 2019 am31 9:57am
      04

      Conatc ImmD and see what might be causing the delay. Could be the sponsorship credentials of the language centre.

  • Manuel

    4 Jul 2019 am31 12:09am
    05

    I have applied for a Training Visa in April, I got an answer on May, then on July requesting some documents again, and now I’m still waiting for the results. Is that possible? My internship starts on September so I think I should move in lately August, right? Like in one month and a half probably. I’m dying of anxiety. What should I do? Still waiting?

    • The Visa Geeza

      4 Jul 2019 am31 9:46am
      06

      You can but wait. It’s summer rush at ImmD and it always takes longer…

      • Duong Vuong

        20 Jul 2019 pm31 4:46pm
        07

        I got the same problem. my sponsor company apply the training visa for me from 23 may, now they said it’s still in process.
        what should i do now, just wait?

        • The Visa Geeza

          2 Aug 2019 am31 10:16am
          08

          Not much else you can do really.

    • Duong Vuong

      20 Jul 2019 pm31 4:41pm
      09

      hi Manuel,
      have you got the training visa? I’m applying from may and now i havent receive the decision.

  • Eric

    17 Jun 2015 pm30 12:12pm
    10

    Hello,

    I have been working in Hong Kong for 3 years with 2 different companies. Now I am getting my working visa renovation with a new company. The matter is that while submitting my working visa renovation, Immigration found out that when I previously changed job they were not notified of that as no change of sponsor was done at that moment due to a misunderstanding between my employer and myself. Now they made me sign the form ID468 and write a letter explaining why I did not notify Immigration about the previous change of job. My concern is: will my renovation process be affected? are there any chances to be rejected? will the process take much longer?

    Thank you so much!

    • The Visa Geeza

      18 Jun 2015 pm30 3:39pm
      11

      Usually, the ID468 rectifies the previous breach of conditions of stay so long as it’s a single occasion. ImmD prefer to look forward not backwards if the breach resulted from an honest misunderstanding. There’s always a chnance it will be rejected but experience suggests you will be fine.

  • Loretta

    25 Feb 2015 am28 11:43am
    12

    My son was born in Canada in 1979. he moved to HK in 2012 to find a job. as both his dad and myself were born in HK, i expected that he would be granted the permanent residency in HK. he was granted only temporary residency in 2014. was this a mistake on the part of the immigration office?

    also recently I learned from the newspapers that HK government is granting permanent residency for overseas young people with professional skills. may I know if this rule still exists? my son is a chartered accountant. is he elligible to apply for the PR?

    • The Visa Geeza

      25 Feb 2015 pm28 2:05pm
      13

      Likely not a mistake> If you were settled abroad at the time of his birth and he acquired Canadian nationality at the time of his birth he would not get right of abode he should have received right to land). As for the new programme, please see: http://www.hongkongvisageeza.com/assg-announced/ (again, not PR).

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