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Limited Immigration Department Service Schedule August 10 – August 16, 2020

August 9th, 2020

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The Immigration Department (ImmD) announced an update on service arrangements as follows:

Reduced Immigration Department Service Schedule August  10th – 16th

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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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  • G

    5 Aug 2020 pm31 5:26pm
    01

    My officer advised that my visa is being processed but due to government policies there might be a delay in the printing of the visa label. Unsure what this means any idea how long this part of the process takes?

    • The Visa Geeza

      10 Aug 2020 am31 9:57am
      02

      When ImmD fully re-open for business then the section that prints visa labels after approval will also re-open.

  • Steph

    3 Aug 2020 pm31 7:12pm
    03

    Hi,
    Are they processing student visas?
    Also any chance of getting a visitor visa extension a 3rd time if there are extenuating circumstances?
    Cheers

    • The Visa Geeza

      10 Aug 2020 am31 10:09am
      04

      Yes and yes but student visas will take longer.

  • Vic

    2 Aug 2020 am31 2:24am
    05

    I have been granted a working holiday visa already and I am now in possession of it. Am I able to take my flight to Hong Kong on the basis that this is an exception to the no entry to foreigners? Just concerned because it is a working holiday visa not ‘working’.(Obviously I understand the quarantine rules will apply.) Many thanks!

    • The Visa Geeza

      3 Aug 2020 am31 10:55am
      06

      Yes its an entry visa so you can travel to HK under it.

  • Matt

    29 Jul 2020 am31 11:59am
    07

    Hi there,

    Any visibility on whether or not the Immigration Department is still processing employment visas during this “work from home” period? I’m waiting on my visa so I can relocate from Australia to Hong Kong for work.

    Thanks!

    • The Visa Geeza

      3 Aug 2020 am31 10:57am
      08

      Yes they are but only at a glacial pace, nowhere near normal service levels. This will remain the same until the WFH arrangements are once again lifted.

  • Travis

    23 Jul 2020 pm31 8:15pm
    09

    Hi,

    My visa was (according to the case worker) a couple of days from approval when they shut down. I don’t suppose there’s any way to apply for an exception to get this issued?
    Otherwise, what would be your best guess as to how they they will be shut down for, assuming Hong Kong hit the covid peak today – would 6 weeks be a reasonable guess?

    Thanks

    • The Visa Geeza

      27 Jul 2020 am31 11:01am
      10

      No chance for any exception. You just have to wait I’m afraid. Your crystal ball is otherwise as good as mine in terms of timing sorry to say.

    • Matt

      29 Jul 2020 pm31 12:03pm
      11

      @Travis, did you have any luck with your visa yet?

  • John

    4 Jul 2020 pm31 9:16pm
    12

    Hi Stephen,

    So does it mean that it’s possible for someone living abroad to get a work visa and cross the border to start working in HK? Or do work visas not qualify people as HK residents and thus don’t permit them to move in?

    • The Visa Geeza

      6 Jul 2020 pm31 1:26pm
      13

      Newly issued employment visas are treated as residence visas and so are eligible to enter HK subject to quarantine arrangements in the force at the time of approval to commence residency here under that visa.

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