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  1. #11

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    you can get it all done at hong kong immigration. passport, id card, birth certificate, and home return permit. all ready in 14 days, technically.

    GovHK: HKSAR Passport


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    Quote Originally Posted by jaykay:
    A couple of weeks to apply for the birth certificate, then application for HKSAR passport and HKID card will be a couple of weeks and application for the get you home quick card will be another couple of weeks. Around 6 weeks in total after the birth. No idea if any of that can be expedited but was the general timescales for my kids.
    That is not correct. The birth certificate gets issued the same day as you apply (I did this recently). You just need to make an appointment first.

    GovHK: Registration of a Birth

    As for the passport, once you have the birth certificate, you can take your baby to the immigration department the same day to apply. I suggest you gather all the requisite documents now, if you really need to get back to SZ. All the information you need can be found by yourself on these links.

    GovHK: Book Appointment to Apply for Travel Documents

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    You have to wait a couple of weeks before you can apply and get the birth cert. Yes you get same day, hell same hour. But you can't rock up the day after the birth. Or at least you couldn't.


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    As I remember, the hospital needs to send the birth record to the relevant office. I don't think it takes that long but you can check with your hospital on their schedule for doing it. Once it is sent, you can get the paper cert next day.


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    the op can choose the following options:-


    apply for hk sar passport, then apply home permit pass (wui heung jing/回鄉證) from cts, will take a few weeks, cts are also not renowned for fast processing of home permit pass (wui heung jing/回鄉證)

    or

    Apply for US passport for your child, then apply for a us visa to china, should be quick from us consulate, but would this have implications on your childs HK sar passport as I am not sure

    Birth Abroad


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    Quote Originally Posted by jaykay:
    You have to wait a couple of weeks before you can apply and get the birth cert. Yes you get same day, hell same hour. But you can't rock up the day after the birth. Or at least you couldn't.
    You can apply as soon as the hospital sends the birth record to the registry. In my case the hospital said it would be sent the day after discharge. I got my baby's birth certificate issued 4 days after discharge from hospital. Im sure I could have tried the next day, but I wasnt in the same rush as the OP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by imparanoic:

    apply for hk sar passport, then apply home permit pass (wui heung jing/回鄉證) from cts, will take a few weeks, cts are also not renowned for fast processing of home permit pass (wui heung jing/回鄉證)
    hong kong immigration can and will process passport, id card, and home return permit concurrently. you dont need to go to cts separately.

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    Quote Originally Posted by big_panda:
    You can apply as soon as the hospital sends the birth record to the registry. In my case the hospital said it would be sent the day after discharge. I got my baby's birth certificate issued 4 days after discharge from hospital. Im sure I could have tried the next day, but I wasnt in the same rush as the OP.
    That's interesting. Was that a private hospital? I guess they're more efficient at this sort of thing than the public ones.

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    Okay, i went to the immigration office and CTS and got the latest info:

    1) once birth registration is done, ask the officer at the Birth Registration location to help you schedule an appointment with immigration to apply for HK passport, HKID and return permit.

    2) the return permit can be done in 1 day. you can go to immigration immediately after you get the birth certificate.

    3) once you get the return permit from immigration, go to CTS and apply for a temporary Chinese return permit (don't know exactly what it is called in English). you can at the same time apply for a permanent chinese return permit, which will take longer.

    4) the temporary chinese return permit can be issued on the same day. this way, we can get back to Shenzhen pretty fast.

    5) once HK passport and the permanent Chinese return permit are ready, you can pick them up.


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    Does your wife have to be present for all this? If I had just given birth and was now sleep deprived to the point of insanity i would not want to be rushing around dealing with this kind of nonsense.

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