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The Reality Behind the Hong Kong Immigration Department’s “4 Weeks” Visa Application Consideration Time Frame

January 3rd, 2013

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Family Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas, Long Stay & PR, Special Programmes, Visitor Visas / 65 responses


 

When you make most any type of Hong Kong visa or immigration application, you will find yourself in the Hong Kong ID’s infamous 4 Weeks Zone.

You see, the Immigration Department cite that they need 4 weeks to finalise an application once they have received from you all of the documents they need to  decide on your case.

What is not stated, of course, is the time that is required to undergo the inevitable requests for information and documentation to enable the Department to enter into the 4 Week Zone.

Unless you are adept at reading between the lines in the official correspondence of the Hong Kong ID it is easy, therefore, to conclude that it should take just 4 weeks for an application to be finalized.

In fact, it’s usually more like 6 – 8 weeks from case submission to case finalization by the time the Immigration Department have on hand everything they need and, in the instance of a business investment visa application, more than 12-16 weeks.

However, in fairness to the Department, if the application is readily approvable once they have all the documents in hand, they more often than not do not need the full 4 weeks to finalise your case and the reality is that Immigration Officers genuinely do try their hardest to get cases completed in the quickest time possible.

They do, in reality, provide a truly excellent, cost effective service!

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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
  • Sarabjit singh

    13 Nov 2019 pm30 11:03pm
    01

    I have send reconsideration letter to immigration before 2 months ago(25 aug 2019)
    But no response by immigration

    How much time take a immigration on reconsideration letter

    • The Visa Geeza

      14 Nov 2019 am30 11:48am
      02

      Many months I’m afraid.

  • PRAVEEN KUMAR

    15 Aug 2019 am31 12:02am
    03

    I HAVE APPLIED FOR QMAS VISA HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ,I RECEIVED A ACKNOWLEDGE LETTER FROM IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ON 28TH JUNE. HOW MUCH MORE TIME WILL IT TAKE ????

    • The Visa Geeza

      16 Aug 2019 am31 9:54am
      04

      Up to 12 months

      • Praveen Kumar

        17 Aug 2019 pm31 6:00pm
        05

        my consultant told me it tale only 45 working days !!

        • The Visa Geeza

          19 Aug 2019 pm31 2:40pm
          06

          He just wants your money. More than likely a scam…

    • krishnaRawale

      15 Sep 2019 pm30 11:37pm
      07

      I HAVE APPLIED FOR QMAS VISA HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE ,I RECEIVED A ACKNOWLEDGE LETTER FROM IMMIGRATION DEPARTMENT ON 15 february HOW MUCH MORE TIME WILL IT TAKE ????

      • The Visa Geeza

        16 Sep 2019 am30 9:57am
        08

        10-16 months.

  • The Visa Geeza

    13 Aug 2019 pm31 12:54pm
    09

    Just wait out the process. Your DV will be extended at the same time. If you are not going to travel during the time your visas have expired but before ImmD finalise your applications your immigration status quo anti is preserved and there is no need to leave HK or file a visitor visa request. See: http://www.hongkongvisageeza.com/hong-kong-immigration-what-does-it-mean-twilight-zone/

  • The Visa Geeza

    13 Aug 2019 pm31 12:51pm
    10

    Another 4 weeks potentially.

  • Sohwish

    16 May 2019 am31 9:33am
    11

    For dependant visa – Immigration ask to wait for 6 weeks after the submission of enquiry. May I know that Saturday and sunday are also included in 6 weeks? and what about the public holidays?

    • The Visa Geeza

      18 May 2019 pm31 1:32pm
      12

      6 Calendar weeks

  • Taher

    24 Apr 2019 pm30 2:22pm
    13

    Hi,

    If I applied for WP and DPs and after it is approved. What is time duration for DPs to travel Hong Kong?

    Thanks

    • The Visa Geeza

      29 Apr 2019 pm30 4:14pm
      14

      Within 90 days.

  • raju thapa

    29 Mar 2019 pm31 3:25pm
    15

    hello sir i am a nepalese passport holder from nepal … i have applied in dependent in hong kong .. my wife is a hong kong ID holder having a good salary .. the 1st letter has came in 6 weeks … the second letter haven’t came its been 14 weeks .. want to ask how long will the time take to get visa .. thank you

    • The Visa Geeza

      8 Apr 2019 pm30 5:01pm
      16

      No idea. It could a very long time or indeed if at all.

  • Chandrasekhar Doppalapudi

    3 Dec 2018 pm31 10:25pm
    17

    Hii Sir ,i was applied QMAS visa through a consultancy.

    i got a letter from ImmD and in the letter they are given the refarance number . just was curious that how long more does it take after your reference number is given to you by the hk immigration department . Is there another letter after i receive my first letter to get the approval letter .
    I look online the status is showing in process .
    I have received first letter in the month of Nov 15 (1st week).
    and could you please tell me the next process.
    expecting your valuble advise.

    • The Visa Geeza

      7 Dec 2018 am31 8:51am
      18

      You will be engaged in a backwards and forwards correspondence exercise for 6-9 months and then you can expect the outcome after about 12 months.

  • Michael B

    12 Nov 2018 pm30 4:24pm
    19

    hi, i just need your advice, a company in HK hired me and submitted my working visa application by September 4, 2018, up to this date my working visa was not yet approved while my friend who is also hired by the same company got her visa approved in 5 weeks time after the company received the courier containing documents for visa application. as of this moment, the HR told me that is under process as of Nov.6, 2018, does anyone here knows how long it will take for my visa application to get approved? or is there a possibility that they cancel my application through the company secures me an employment contract? please help me with my queries…

    thank you

    • The Visa Geeza

      16 Nov 2018 am30 9:08am
      20

      If it’s taking so long ImmD are closely assessing elements of the approval criteria. Suggest you call the officer dorectly and enquire as to timing / any issues. You can get the officer’s name and contact details from any official correspondence received from ImmD other than the official receipt and file reference number.

  • Ali Mohammed

    2 Oct 2018 pm31 6:53pm
    21

    Hi Visa Geeza!
    Hope this message finds you well and healthy! Firstly, I would like to say, you have an amazing website full of resources and important information.
    I am in a situation really and was wondering if you could shed some guidance or advice on my issue.
    I am a British Citizen and I have the right to travel to Hong Kong visa free, my wife is a Pakistani National and so she has a Pakistani Passport and also has a British Residence card. Foolishly without getting the correct information, I booked my flight tickets and accommodation before applying for her Visitor Visa for Hong Kong. I submitted the Hong Kong visitor application in the UK and it has been just over two weeks and I have had no response. I was not given any application reference number so I can not chase it up either. I have just 4 weeks remaining before my departure flight and I am slowly losing hope. I would have to cancel my flight and accommodation and lose out on a lot of money if the visa does not come through within the next 4 weeks.
    Is there anything you could recommend me doing in order to get an update? I have already contacted the embassy in Hong Kong embassy twice by email and phone but I get told that someone will contact you.

    • The Visa Geeza

      3 Oct 2018 am31 10:58am
      22

      Call the Immigration Department hotline and see what they have to say.

      https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/contactus/index.html

      • Ali Mohammed

        3 Oct 2018 pm31 12:59pm
        23

        Hi, thanks for the quick response.
        I have already emailed them twice and called the embassy in Hong Kong also. The reply from the emails were that we will forward your details to the correct department and they will get back to you, this was over a week ago.
        The phone call I made, I gave them my details and I was told to expect an email in 3-4 working days, no news so far.
        It’s amazing how there’s no express service or a dedicated office here in the UK that can help to track and update people regarding their applications.
        I submitted our papers about two weeks ago and we have four weeks left to travel so I’m hoping for the best.

        • Trang

          10 Oct 2018 am31 6:17am
          24

          Hi Ali,

          Is there any progress on your wife’s application?
          I am in a similar situation though I’ve just submitted my documents one week ago.

  • MAK

    13 Jun 2018 pm30 3:18pm
    25

    Hi ,

    My Sponsor have applied my work visa on May 16th. As of today(13th July) it is in process status.

    As per the Hong Kong Standards I am earning good salary as well as 7 yrs of experience in the same field (IT).

    When can i expect my visa to be approved? It is already almost 4 weeks of time.

    • The Visa Geeza

      15 Jun 2018 pm30 7:11pm
      26

      Its summer rush at ImmD – expect it to take 6-8 weeks or longer if there are complications

  • Bishal Ale Magar

    1 May 2018 pm31 6:02pm
    27

    Hello, i am submitting my documents for visit visa this 4 May 2018, i havent booked ticket yet. What is the best date for flight booking? How long is it gonna take for the arrival of visa once i submit my documents?so i dont need to rebook my ticket.

    • The Visa Geeza

      7 May 2018 am31 8:32am
      28

      6-8 weeks.

  • Ern

    9 Jan 2018 pm31 1:34pm
    29

    I need urgent help and advice.
    I was hired to a new company last year 2017 Nov. I’m want to know why my company told they don’t get news from immd until now about the working visa now is Jan 2018. Is there I need to do personally to come to immigration and inquire about the status of the processing? Please help and advice thank you!

    • The Visa Geeza

      16 Jan 2018 pm31 4:16pm
      30

      If you have your file reference number you can approach 24/F of Immigration Tower and seek an update from them directly.

  • Suga

    4 Jan 2018 pm31 6:03pm
    31

    I have submitted the tourist visa application last week in person at immd 2nd floor wanchai. But havent received any acknowledgement letter or reference number to check the status online. Any idea please .

    • The Visa Geeza

      8 Jan 2018 am31 11:29am
      32

      It takes 10 days to 2 weeks to get a receipt

      • Alana

        19 Jun 2018 pm30 12:58pm
        33

        In what form does the receipt come; letter, email? So that I know what to look out for. I posted my application just over 2 weeks ago and not heard anything. I am concerned that it has been lost in the post as I stupidly didn’t do recorded delivery!

        • The Visa Geeza

          19 Jun 2018 pm30 6:29pm
          34

          2 weeks is a very short time. ImmD will contact you via the method you indicated on your application from

  • Tanvir

    23 Nov 2017 am30 6:40am
    35

    Hi, I am a Bangladeshi passport holder living in Tokyo. I will need transit visa for Hongkong. What is the usual processing time to get the transit visa in case if I apply through the Chinese Embassy in Tokyo.

    • The Visa Geeza

      23 Nov 2017 pm30 4:28pm
      36

      Allow 4 weeks processing time after submission.

  • Wena

    30 Oct 2017 am31 9:52am
    37

    Hi and good day Sir, I will be giving birth on the second week of next month and have applied my mother for a transit visa. Her ticket is on November 5 checked the status online still in progress will be 3 weeks now. Any chance she could enter as a tourist first in case that date comes without any result yet and just wait for her visa when she arrived here in HK? Thank you so much, appreciate it a lot. Warm regards!

    • The Visa Geeza

      31 Oct 2017 am31 9:15am
      38

      You need to tell me the nationality of your mother. Wihthout that I cannot help.

  • Jess

    26 Oct 2017 pm31 3:11pm
    39

    I submitted my documents for dependent visa application on Tuesday Oct 24 2017, these are the documents submitted between my spouse and I together:
    cover letter requesting to join spouse in hong kong along with index
    marrigae certificate (from Gibraltar, original copy and apostilled)
    both our birth certiicates
    rental slips from over a year as proof of acommodation
    inland revenue from 2011-2017 (240,000) a year plus rent support (18,000 per month)
    tax slips
    transunion credit report
    copy spouse HK id card
    copy both our passports
    photo before weding
    photo during wedding ceremony with friends and family
    photo after marriage
    whatsapp history of 5 months everyday chatted while we were away
    family letters with original envelopes
    spouse last will and testament including me as wife on it

    I would like to point out that on March after a trip to Macau i was refused entry to hk twice my spouse got solicitor ro help m back in and on my colombian passport only give me one week, instead of 90 days. i am back in hk as a visitor permitted for 90 days with one month remaining.

    Any idea of how long visa for dependant spouse takes? And if I apply for visitor extension is there a chance?

    • The Visa Geeza

      31 Oct 2017 am31 9:19am
      40

      Normal application time for a DV is 6 weeks.

  • Edmund

    12 Oct 2017 pm31 2:44pm
    41

    hi, my wife is a Vietnamese passport holder, we have applied for a tourist visa on 6th oct 2017 to HongKong, What is our chances to get a reply before the end of this month ?as we plan to travel on the 31st Oct.

    kindly pls advised, thank you.
    Mr Edmund Liew

    • The Visa Geeza

      17 Oct 2017 pm31 6:46pm
      42

      Not great. You should allow 6 weeks for visa processing typically.

  • Waqar Ahmed

    30 Sep 2017 pm30 6:57pm
    43

    Dear RespectedTeam.
    I have applied for HK visa & waiting for the confirmation ,I have a business meeting in HK between 16 Oct to 24 Oct , I need visa confirmation before that can you please help me in this case ?
    Further I have received Visa Reference number from HK immigration .if you required will send to you .
    Waiting for your positive response.
    Thanks
    Best regards.
    Waqar Ahmed .

    • The Visa Geeza

      8 Oct 2017 am31 11:40am
      44

      If you have already submitted your application to ImmD please follow up directly with them as we don’t intervene in cases which have already been submitted.

  • Christine

    19 Sep 2017 pm30 9:56pm
    45

    Hi sir!

    My company has applied for me a working visa. The comoany said to wait for the approval of the immd. It has been already 2 months since the application. Is it normal or do I have to expect that the application was rejected? Thank you in advance.

    • The Visa Geeza

      23 Sep 2017 am30 9:26am
      46

      This time frame is not unusual.

  • Ravi Prakash Sharma

    4 Aug 2016 am31 10:38am
    47

    Hello Sir , just was curious that how long more does it take after your reference number is given to you by the hk immigration department . Is there another letter after i receive my first letter to get the approval letter . I look online the status is showing in process .
    I have received first letter in the month of June 16 (1st week) it has almost 8 weeks completed and letter date is 25th May 2016

    • The Visa Geeza

      7 Aug 2016 pm31 1:45pm
      48

      It takes about 12 months for a QMAS application and about 4-6 weeks for an employment visa application.

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