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How to Go About Applying for the Reconsideration of a Refused Hong Kong Visa Application

November 28th, 2013

Posted by / in Musing, Refusals & Appeals / 52 responses


The HKID will only entertain an application for a Reconsideration of a decision to refuse an application if there is significant additional, new information adding weight to the original application or relevant and important new facts which have come to light since the refusal – with comprehensive verifying documentation to support.

This means that you need to be ready to further argue your case stridently and have the bullets ready to fire in support. Emotional appeals are fruitless; as are a collection of mere testimonials from your consulate or chambers of commerce.

There are typically five key underlying reasons why cases get denied.

It could be that the case was destined to fail from the get go as the applicant was incapable of passing the approvability test applicable to the visa type applied for.

It might be that the case was very poorly put together or incorrectly argued.

Often times, applicants are unable to come up with critical supporting documentation required by the HKID or other specific information requests are not adhered to.

Finally, if the applicant has a poor immigration record in Hong Kong the Immigration Department could be minded not to afford the applicant the privilege of residence.

You should submit your application bundle for the Reconsideration in the same way as you submitted your original application.

If you are a Visitor in Hong Kong, dont; expect the HKID to afford you an interim extension to your current period of stay pending the finalisation of the Reconsideration process and notification of the outcome.

Things have tightened up considerably in the last couple of years, so you can expect to have to wait out the latter part of the Reconsideration exercise from outside of the HKSAR.

More Stuff to Help You Along

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Will a criminal record impact on your application for a Hong Kong residence visa?

Hong Kong investment visa – 3 cases which would be denied today but approved 9-12 months later

When there really is no need to use professional advisors in your Hong Kong visa application

What happens if you overstay your Hong Kong visa limit of stay?


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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.

  • Sangeeta

    24 Dec 2023 pm31 6:14pm

    Hi there
    How long does it take to get tourist visa for hk? Its been almost 8 weeks now. I have not got any reply yet. It says in process if i make an enquiry. I am living in uk however i got a nepali passport.

    • The Visa Geeza

      25 Dec 2023 am31 11:20am

      6-12 weeks.

  • Ms. A

    29 Jun 2023 pm30 2:00pm

    My spouse is a form 8 holder in Hong Kong. And his visa was refused due to criminal record which is back from 2015. What can I do

    • The Visa Geeza

      30 Jun 2023 am30 10:57am

      Not much. Try again in a few years and show a continuing clean record.

  • G

    25 Jun 2023 am30 11:40am

    Hi can i ask what are the chances of my 16 year old child to get rejected in dependance visa. It has already been 6 weeks. How long will my child’s dependent visa get approved?

    • The Visa Geeza

      27 Jun 2023 am30 11:19am

      There’s always a chance of refusal especially if he’s a ‘young adult’ already working in his own right. The visa is granted on the basis of dependancy and if he’s manifestly not still dependant on you then a refusal might accrue. In any event, the 6 weeks processing time to date is normal.

  • AJ

    2 Dec 2022 pm31 6:26pm

    Hi how long can newly married apply for dependant visa? Married to a Hongkong Resident, and what do we need to prepare? Thank you so much

  • Ricky

    25 Nov 2022 am30 1:35am

    My application of dependant visa refuse . When I call officer to ask reason the he said the applicant have criminal record but I said that’s 5 years ago minor crime . Can reconsideration for application again ? Plz guide

    • The Visa Geeza

      2 Dec 2022 am31 9:08am

      You can try but if the decision is based on a secuity objection it’s very hard to overcome.

  • Anna

    29 May 2021 pm31 10:04pm

    Hi my husband apply for dependant visa we send all the requirements but when we check in the online application is refused.. we not recive any letter what can we do

    • The Visa Geeza

      7 Jun 2021 am30 8:31am

      Wait for the refusal letter and then apply for the decision minutes of ImmD under your file reference number via:

      • Anna

        11 Aug 2021 pm31 4:20pm

        We got already the letter still refused only said not satisfied

      • Anna

        31 Aug 2021 pm31 5:49pm

        Hi can i ask how many months need tinwait to reapply for application for dependant visa thanks

        • The Visa Geeza

          5 Sep 2021 pm30 2:28pm

          Sorry I don’t understand the question. You need to provide more information.

          • Anna

            15 Sep 2021 pm30 1:46pm

            Can i ask how many months need to wait before we reapply the application for dependant visa

          • The Visa Geeza

            6 Oct 2021 pm31 12:43pm

            You can apply whenever.

  • BL

    16 Nov 2020 am30 2:59am

    My wife dependant visa for residence was rejected after 13 long mnths. Reason was that i am unemployed for mamy years due to medical conditions whis treatment is still undergoing. So it was rejectes for not being capable to support her. So, are there any options to convince them that i can support for instance i can transfer my property fund from my country to my hk account . Will this help? Plz reply soon.

    • The Visa Geeza

      19 Nov 2020 pm30 12:32pm

      All you can do is try.

  • MS

    26 Oct 2020 am31 12:12am

    My qmas visa application refused showing in online portal but can’t receive any mail for reason, my consultant told me that they apply for reconsider after six month,
    Is it the way right?

    • The Visa Geeza

      26 Oct 2020 am31 8:45am

      Yes but there’s not much chance to be honest. QMAS is pretty hard and fast.

  • Rosalyn

    28 Aug 2020 am31 8:13am

    Hi my employment visa was refused because i was convicted last year and ive apply for reconsideration submitted to immigration with supporting letter from my employer and together the letter also i received after my conviction that says ‘your conviction record will take into consideration for future employment’ is there a hope that immigration will approve my employment visa for the second time?

    • The Visa Geeza

      31 Aug 2020 am31 9:10am

      I honestly have no idea.

  • harjit singh

    1 Nov 2019 am30 9:33am

    I have aplly reconsideration letter to imm department a six week ago but no any response from imm department

    • The Visa Geeza

      3 Nov 2019 pm30 2:59pm

      It will take up to 9-12 months for it to be completed.

  • Raj

    23 Oct 2019 pm31 6:47pm


    When I am checking my QMAS visa status it is showing application closed or finalised for one month what does it mean …..if visa is refused ….can I know the reason for it

    • The Visa Geeza

      24 Oct 2019 am31 9:28am

      Yes refused. The reason will be that the selection committee didn’t choose you. It’s a competitive programme and you were not successful. That’s about it really.

  • Hari

    22 Sep 2019 am30 9:51am

    My QMAS visa got refused …..How can I know what could be the reason …..and what I need to do next …I have send notorized copy of document to immd ….can I get it back
    Please inform me about chances of reconsidering it

    • The Visa Geeza

      27 Sep 2019 am30 10:15am

      Honestly speaking you are wasting your time. It’s a discretionary competitive programme and if you’ve been refused (and 77% of all applications are) there’s nothing you can do.

      • prakash durai

        9 Dec 2019 pm31 2:23pm

        Hi, I applied qmas visa 2 months ago,now i have seen the status online, it shows i am refused,but i didn’t receive any mail from the immd ,so how do I know my refusal is finalized

        • The Visa Geeza

          19 Dec 2019 am31 10:56am

          You should get a letter eventually. It will not give any reason for the refusal.

  • Lucy

    27 May 2019 pm31 12:10pm

    My bf tourist Visa application also refused, so sad
    Really bad news for me

  • sarabjit singh

    7 May 2019 pm31 6:32pm


    My dependant visa was i was send a letter to immigration department for collect back all my data from immigration
    After how much time Reply da immigration department of my letter

  • Ram

    14 Dec 2018 pm31 1:14pm

    My ex-wife has moved to Hong Kong with my two children (6 and 3) eldest born in HK and my ex is from HK with HK residency, she plans to work in HK for a few years. My work visa has currently been refused planning to reapeal I am a UK citizen, do I have any other options to remain and work in HK to be with the children?

    • The Visa Geeza

      15 Dec 2018 am31 11:05am

      Student visa could be an option. No special ability for you to secure immigration permissions on the strenght of your children’s status in HK I’m afraid.

  • Odette

    22 Oct 2018 am31 3:43am

    My visa has been denied and I ask for reopen or reconsideration, they allow me to reopen it just complete all the requirements that they ask me to comply. Is there a chance they will grant me a visaa? Thanks in advance!

    • The Visa Geeza

      26 Oct 2018 am31 9:21am

      If the application is merit worthy then ImmD will approve it.

  • maryann rusit

    5 Aug 2018 am31 11:00am

    hi i am mary my working visa was denied .for some reason and i dont know what it is…how can i know the reason why?why my application is being denied?

  • Baiju Devaraj

    14 Jun 2018 am30 4:06am

    I am Baiju Devaraj from India 1 months back me and friends travelled to Hong Kong with pre arrival visa , first we go to China stay there for 8 days and then planned to move to Hong Kong the immigration department refused to enter Hong Kong .. next day we tried in another port from China .. there also we faced the same issue.. so we All com back to India .. now we are not able to apply for new pre arrival visa that is valid for 6 months .. within this period what is the possible possibilities to go to Hong Kong .. two times they refused .

  • Billy

    15 Sep 2017 pm30 7:22pm

    I am a widowed senior citizen under CSSA social assistance for almost 2 years now. I was remarried last spring and processed the papers to sponsor my wife to live with me but was rejected due to my financial situation. Where do I go from here?

    • The Visa Geeza

      18 Sep 2017 pm30 3:31pm

      Not much you can do to be honest. Dependant visas are issued on the basis of being able to financially support your spouse. If ImmD have concluded that’s not possible, the only way to rebutt it is to show additional means of income.

  • Amit sethi

    12 Jun 2017 pm30 12:26pm

    Need help regarding pra refused .passanger already travel europe or other country


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