We currently only process Tourist and Business Visas. Kindly contact the Embassy for the
The type of visa you need for entering Hong Kong depends on the purpose of your stay. To
a visa, your passport must be valid for six months or more from the date of intended entry.
most common visas are the following:
1. Visit Visa
Citizens of several countries including India are allowed to visit Hong Kong without a visa
seven and 180 days. All Indian nationals who intend to visit Hong Kong visa-free are
to apply for Pre-arrival Registration (PAR) effective January 23, 2017, unless they qualify
one of the categories of exemption. A successful registrant is allowed to visit Hong Kong
for multiple visits during the validity period of the PAR and may stay up to 14 days per
entry. Indians intending to stay for more than 14 days in Hong Kong need to apply for a
at the Hong Kong Immigration. The application process can take up to four weeks, but the
depends on the Immigration department and how busy they are. You may be able to ask, but
best thing to do is leave more than enough time before your trip to get the visa. Note that
you travel to Hong Kong on a visitor’s visa you are not permitted to change to an
visa without leaving and re-entering first (irrespective of your nationality).
2. Work Visa for Hong Kong
To get an employment visa you must have a job in a sponsoring company that is willing to
and carry out the application process for your permit. The sponsoring company has to prove
you have the necessary skills for the job and that a local worker could not fill the
When granting work visas, the Immigration Department considers the applicant’s education,
experience and other factors.
The application for your work visa is not submitted by you, but by your future
company has to submit a confirmed offer of employment, and proof that the remuneration
includes salary, accommodation, medical and educational provisions, as well as other
appropriate for professionals in Hong Kong. The application process takes four to six
after which the entry visa is issued to your employer, who should forward it to you. Once
get your visa, you can apply for residency for your spouse and children as well.
Work visas are normally granted for the duration of your employment contract. However,
not generally for duration of more than 2 years. If the company wants to employ you for
towards the end of your visa period it has to apply for a renewal, which is quite
A Hong Kong employment visa is not transferable from one company to another. If you
are fired, you will need to apply for another visa and restart the process. Your sponsoring
is obliged to notify the Immigration Department if you leave. Intra-company transfers are
for employees who have worked for over 12 months in an overseas office.
If you want to do extra work outside the scope of your existing visa, you should apply
to do this additional employment. In order to do so, you need to submit your visa
form from the Immigration Department, together with your ID card, passport, a description
the work you have been contracted to do and a letter from your current work visa sponsor
permission for you to take up the work.
3. Investment Visa
Investment visas are issued to self-employed people in Hong Kong. In order to apply for an
visa, you will need to complete a large amount of paperwork detailing your educational
professional experience, the proposed business activities, capital and details of the
and the jobs it will create. Detailed information is available on the Immigration
website www.immd.gov.hk and at www.investhk.gov.hk.
4. Dependant Visa
If you have a work or business visa you can sponsor residency visa applications for your
children below the age of 18. Bear in mind that if you lose your employment status, they
lose their visa rights. As a Hong Kong permanent resident you can also sponsor your parents
they are aged 60 or above.
To apply for a dependant visa you will need to present the passports and birth
your family and a marriage certificate (if applicable). The Immigration Department will
require proof you can support your family and that the sponsored family members have no
record. Dependant spouses of foreign workers with a work visa are permitted to take up
5. Student Visa
Student visas are handled very much like work visas. To get a student visa, your sponsoring
institution will need to apply for the visa on your behalf.
6. Permanent Residency
Permanent residence status may be granted to people who have lived continuously in Hong Kong
seven years. In addition, you need to fulfil certain requirements. If you have permanent
status you can live in Hong Kong and work at any company without a visa. If you later leave
Kong for longer than 3 years you lose permanent residency status.
7. Other Types of Visas
a. Domestic Help Visa: Domestic help visas are valid for a two-year domestic work
Domestic helpers must live in their employer's home. They cannot become permanent
b. Training Visa: Valid for up to one month, for people who cannot get similar
their own country.
c. Working Holiday Scheme:This scheme applies to nationals of certain countries. It
on a quota system so a limited number of visas are granted per year. This type of visa is
for 12 months and an individual can only receive this visa onc