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Student VISA



*24 February 2023*

Enhancement to Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG)

The Immigration Department (ImmD) has recently implemented an enhancement measure to IANG. A successful IANG visa applicant will normally be granted an initial stay of 24 months in Hong Kong for employment or study. Subsequent IANG visa extension will be on a 3-3 year pattern, provided that applicants should fulfil the requisite criteria. For details of such enhancement measure, please refer to the ImmD website.

1 May 2022

Implementation of e-Visa

Please note that the Immigration Department has replaced the sticker-style label for entry visa / permit with an electronic version of "Notification Slip for Entry Visa / Permit" ("e-Visa"). 
You may save a soft copy of the e-Visa on a mobile device or print it on a piece of A4 paper for presenting at the immigration check-point together with your valid travel document when entry to Hong Kong.

Eligible students who are holding a firm admission offer will receive an email with a link for downloading the e-Visa after the student visa is approved by the Immigration Department.

1 September 2021
It is important to note that students who are going to spend more than 180 days in Hong Kong are required.....


  • All students without the right of abode/right to land in Hong Kong must apply for a student visa for the purpose of education from the Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD).

  • Student visa applicants are required to have a local sponsor. While admitting to HKU, you are required to nominate Admissions Office of the Registry to be your local sponsor.

  • It is the responsibility of individual students to make appropriate visa arrangement before they come to Hong Kong.

Entry for Study
Base on the travelling passport/Exit-Entry Permit you are holding for entry into Hong Kong, please select the follows to start the online visa application:

Step 1 : Applicant receives a conditional/confirmed offer of admission*

Step 2 : Applicant prepares the required documents and proceed with the online visa application

Step 3 : Applicant uploads all the required documents and settles an application fee

Step 4 : Admissions Office checks the documents

Step 5 : Applicant uploads revised or outstanding document(s) (if required)

Step 6 : Admissions Office confirms the documents

Step 7 : Applicant sends the complete set of application documents to Admissions Office by courier/registered mail

Step 8 : Admissions Office submits the application to ImmD

Step 9 : ImmD processes the application in 8-10 weeks and releases results

Step 10 : Applicant may need to upload additional document(s) during the process

Step 11 : Applicant confirms address for delivery of the visa label/entry permit

Step 12 : Admissions Office sends the visa/entry permit label/electronic notification slip for entry visa / permit (e-visa)

*Applicants are strongly advised to apply for an entry for study visa as soon as a conditional admission offer is received. The Firm Admission Offer Notice/Email copy should be uploaded to the visa system later when available.
*Upon a visa/entry permit is granted by ImmD, the visa/entry permit label is to be collected by the Admissions Office for onward transmission to you. However, the visa/entry permit label/electronic notification slip for entry visa / permit (e-visa) will ONLY be sent after you have submitted a proof of your Firm Admission Offer to us.

  • 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 is incomplete.You are advised to apply for the 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 to apply for an 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).

  • The Entry for Study visa application fee is HK$990. The fee is non-refundable under all circumstances. You are required to settle the fee using a credit card (Visa, Mastercard or Unionpay; please try to avoid using a Debit card).

Sample of Entry Student Visa and Landing Slip for Student

Under normal circumstances, students should possess the following items before they could study in this university:


(a) An Entry Student Visa Label* + A Landing Slip for Student

*Or an electronic notification slip for entry visa / permit (e-visa)
Vis Extension and Others
  1. Admissions Office will not be responsible for any delay/cancellation/rejection in your student visa application.

  2. The visa fees paid are non-refundable under any circumstances.

  3. All content in this website may be updated at any time without prior notice.

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