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Visa Application and Arrival Arrangement (for Non-local Applicants Only)

According to regulations stipulated by the Immigration Department, non-local students who do not have the right of abode / right to land in Hong Kong are required to apply for a valid HKSAR student visa / entry permit through their Hong Kong institutions, which will take up the sponsorship for their studies in Hong Kong.  HSMC will assist those admitted students in applying for student visas / entry permits and paying the visa application fee of HK$190 in advance to the Immigration Department. Students need to pay the visa application fee to the Registry when reporting their arrival.  After receiving the Hong Kong student visas / entry permits, students should apply for the Exit-Entry Permit in their household Public Security Bureaus.  Persons with visitor visas are not allowed to study in Hong Kong.

Complete and Submit Application

Complete and sign the application form ID995(A) with a recent photo affixed. The application form and application guideline can be downloaded from the website of the Immigration Department www.immd.gov.hk.

Submit Supporting Documents

Submit the photocopies of the following supporting documents (Do not submit original copies. All submitted documents will not be returned.)

  • Photocopy of the applicant’s travel document containing personal particulars, date of issue, date of expiry and/or details of any re-entry visa held (if applicable). For an applicant who is currently staying in the HKSAR, photocopy of his/her travel document page containing the latest arrival stamp/landing slip/extension of stay label in the HKSAR.
  • Proof of financial standing, e.g. savings account passbooks, family or individual salary slips, asset proof, etc.  If the financial sponsorship is taken up by a third party, not parents, please provide a signed undertaking stating 1) relationship with the applicant, 2) guarantee to sponsor the applicant’s expenses incurred during his / her period of study in Hong Kong, 3) sponsor’s contact details e.g. telephone number or email  and 4) attach the official proof of relationship with the applicant.
  • If the applicant is under the age of 18 and wishes to authorise HSMC to be the guardian, a consent letter duly signed by both the guardian and one of the applicant’s parents should be produced.
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s Macao identity card [for Macao residents only].
  • Photocopy of the applicant’s household registration in Taiwan and Taiwan identity card [for Taiwan residents only].

Applicants should post the completed and signed application form and required supporting documents to Registry (N101, 1/F, Block N, Hang Seng Management College, Hang Shin Link, Siu Lek Yuen, Shatin, N.T., Hong Kong) before the deadline stipulated by the HSMC.

Collection of Student Visa

HSMC will collect the HKSAR student visas / entry permits on behalf of the students. The student visas / entry permits will be posted to the students by express delivery.

After Applying

After receiving the HKSAR student visa / entry permit, the visa/entry permit label should be affixed onto a blank visa page of the applicant’s travel document for presentation to the immigration officer upon arrival in the HKSAR.

Remarks

  1. Immigration Department officers have the right to request applicants to present any supporting documents when processing their applications.
  2. According to regulations under the Immigration Department, non-local students with HKSAR student visa / entry permit should strictly comply with the following:
  • Undertake the specific programmes at the stipulated universities or institutions which have been approved by the Director of Immigration;
  • Not allowed to take up any paid or no-pay employment, to start or take part in any business before obtaining written approval from the Director of Immigration.
  • Students whose study period is not less than one academic year may take up curriculum-related internship, which should be arranged / approved by the institution.
  • Students are required to comply with relevant visa regulations and ordinances.

All non-local students should assure their full-time student status during the period of study in Hong Kong. HSMC will inform the Hong Kong Immigration Department of any changes, and rescind the visa and its sponsorship.

  • Persons who have the valid working visa issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department, dependent visa or Hong Kong permanent resident identity card (different from Hong Kong identity card) do not need to apply for student visa / entry permit.

Normally it takes 6 weeks to process the Hong Kong student visa / entry permit upon receipt of all necessary documents. In order not to defer your admission, students are advised to submit their visa applications as early as possible.

You may contact HSMC’s Registry for enquiries about Hong Kong student visa / entry permit application, or visit the homepage of the Hong Kong Immigration Department www.immd.gov.hk.

The above content should be subject to the latest announcement on the homepage of the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Extension of Stay

Admitted non-local students are required to obtain a valid travel document and student visa / entry permit during the period of study in Hong Kong.  Students may apply for extension of stay via the Hong Kong Immigration Department if necessary, within 4 weeks before the visa expiry date so as to continue their studies in Hong Kong. Such application takes approximately 2 to 3 weeks upon receipt of all necessary documents to process.  Students may choose to contact the Registry for details, or visit the homepage of the Hong Kong Immigration Department (www.immd.gov.hk).

The above content should be subject to the latest announcement on the homepage of the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Preparation before arrival

Non-local students may take the following checklist as reference:

  1. Valid travelling documents (e.g. passport, Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao, ID card)
  2. Student visa / entry permit issued by Hong Kong Immigration Department
  3. Exit-entry Permit issued by the household Public Security Bureau
  4. Recent photos
  5. Admission letter issued by HSMC
  6. Original academic proof (e.g. academic transcripts, senior high school graduation certificate)
  7. Moderate amount of cash and credit card
  8. Clothing
  9. Medicine

Pillows, bed sheet and bedding can be purchased after arrival.  Students should arrive in Hong Kong in late August.  Our Student Affair Office and all programme offices will organise various orientation activities to help new students get familiar with the College as well as studying at HSMC. For details of the registration date and orientation arrangements, please refer to the calendar of orientation activities provided together with the admission letter.