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Is 7 Weeks a Long Time to Wait For the Hong Kong Immigration Department to Finalize a Training Visa Application?

May 12th, 2022

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Your Question Answered / 4 responses


Foreign nationals can come to Hong Kong to receive training – the question is how long can you reasonably expect the visa application consideration exercise to take?



I recently signed a contract for a 12-month training with one of the biggest insurance companies in Hong Kong. 

My application for training visa has been submitted at the beginning of April, by the visa agency working with that company.

And now I am still waiting for the results.

As for my personal information, I am Chinese (PRC) and I have lived in Germany for the past six years to complete my undergraduate/graduate study.

I obtained my diploma in February this year. I hold a residence permit in Germany renewable each year.

The immigration office has asked supporting documents from the insurance company in the past weeks as well as my future plans in writing.

Now they are in completely silent.

I was told by the agency dealing with my visa application that the junior officers in the Immigration Department could not decide how to proceed with my application.

So the senior officers are looking at my documents. But seven weeks have been passed since the submission of my application until today.

I would like to know whether you have already seen someone spending this long to obtain a training visa and my chance to actually obtaining one from your point of view.

If you have some suggestions to accelerate this process, do not hesitate to give them to me as well! I really need them.

Many thanks for your help!

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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.

  • Bryant

    16 May 2019 pm31 9:20pm

    I’m gonna have my training at a Hotel in Hong Kong. The hotel company have sent all the documents needed from me to immigration. (For 10 months period of training). They said it has been sent to immigration on 20 th of March, 2019. I have been waiting pretty long since then to today. On 5 th May yesterday, I have news that the immigration sent a letter to the Hotel company and my University that they need explanation and why is it needed to be 10 months. And the explanation and supporting letter also have been sent to the immigration on the next day. As for today gonna be 7 weeks from 20 of March (according to HK calendar), will my VISA come up around this week? Or do I have to wait another 4-6 weeks from the early May? If you have ideas, I would be very happy and helped. Thank you so much and I really appreciate your opinion.

    • The Visa Geeza

      18 May 2019 pm31 1:32pm

      Could be another 4-6 weeks assuming they don’t ask for more information or clarification. TVs over 6 months always command extra scrutiny

    • lefebvre

      30 Dec 2021 pm31 9:48pm


      It’s been a while but I was wondering if they finally gave you your training visa for 10 months

      • The Visa Geeza

        10 Jan 2022 am31 11:55am

        No feedback from the questioner. We’ve seen ImmD challenge 8 months recently though.


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