You do not need to apply for a Student Visa if you meet any of the following conditions:
you are permitted to enter/stay in Hong Kong under the “Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates” (IANG)
you hold a valid dependent visa
you hold a valid employment visa (for part-time students only)
Entry visa for HK does not allow you to study in HK.
Please note that the Entry Visa and the Student Visa are two different types of visa. You still need to apply for a Student Visa to have right to study in Hong Kong.
What shall I do if I have a Conditional / Firm Admission Offer?
Applicants with a Conditional Admission Offer are strongly advised to apply for entry for study visa as soon as as admission offer is received. You are able to submit the Firm Admission Offer Letter/Email copy to AAL (Admissions and Academic Liaison Section) later when you receive such a firm offer confirmation.
Upon a visa/entry permit granted by ImmD, the visa/entry permit label is to be collected by AAL for onward transmission to you. However, the visa/entry permit label will ONLY be sent after you have submitted a copy of the Firm Admission Offer Letter to AAL.
How long should I expect it to proceed?
The processing of Entry for Study visa application will take 8-10 weeks upon receipt of a complete set of application documents. The actual processing time could be longer for individual cases, especially if your set of documents are incomplete. You are advised to apply for a student visa as soon as possible after accepting an offer of admission to study in HKU.
For Mainland Chinese applicants, you should reserve additional 2 weeks for applying the Exit-Entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (EEP) (港澳通行證) and the relevant exit endorsement (逗留D簽).
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Our Visa Application Team is working hard to make flexible adjustment for incoming students this year. Please Stay Tuned!