I've been looking at how to apply for a å›žä¹¡è¯ as I have never applied before and searching up the threads and posts in this forum has been very helpful in guiding me in applying for one for the first time, especially with stories on how people had to wait for months before getting it. Thankfully, I was able to apply successfully for the first time and as such, I would like to share my experience for any one in future who need a recent story as a guide. I will detail what I can.
- Born overseas (SE Asia to be precise)
- Dad had British Hong Kong status, mom had foreign citizenship
- Where I was born, there is no Jus Soli. As such I obtain no citizenship of the place of birth
- Obtain British Hong Kong status through dad
- HK Permanent ID with right of abode and stating I was born overseas (AO), with 3 stars
- Stayed in overseas country for most of the time before I immigrated (I travelled annually to Hong Kong for family visits). As such my spoken Cantonese and Mandarin is basic and I learned to write only simplified chinese at basic level
- Immigrated to Canada during my teen years and obtained citizenship in Canada. Since then I've stayed in Canada and rarely travelled outside. I've only flew to Hong Kong twice since.
So here's how it went:
I applied for a HKSAR passport before and was able to obtain it. Once I got it, I went to the China Travel Service in Mong Kok on June 30th. What I had with me was my HKPID, HKSAR passport and Canadian passport. I also brought HKSAR passport eligible photos with me hoping they will work.
Needless to say the lineups were typically long especially for the reception counter. At the counter, I presented only my SAR passport and HKPID. One look at the ID and they asked me for any foreign passport held, in which I presented my Canadian. The counter lady then asked me if I still possess a passport that I use to get my first HKPID. I told her that it was in Canada and I couldn't get it. She mentioned I needed to get that old passport in order to fully process my application. On top of the standard å›žä¹¡è¯ form, I was given a è²æ˜Žæ›¸ to complete. This was around 11:30am in the morning. Counter lady gave me a ticket anyhow and told me to come back at 3pm. She also told me the photos were not eligible due to size.
With whatever knowledge in written Chinese I have, I filled out both forms to the best I can (Chinese name, address, phone number, etc). Since I had hours the tasks felt easier than the agony I had to endure in filling out both forms, not to mention hearing two ladies arguing over how to apply for a permit. I had to pay for brand new face photos as well. I was worried I might have to wait for months to get the HRP like some people.
I come back around 2:30pm and waited until it was my turn. Processing counter lady asked me if I had the old passport with me. I decided to explain to her that my dad had Hong Kong status when I was born and I had a British HK passport then. She asked me if I had a child HKPID which was not with me. Told me to fill out on the è²æ˜Žæ›¸ on whether the HKPID was lost, stolen or damaged. If I can recall vaguely, I circled the part that said not found. She was making notes on what I said about being born with Hong Kong status and everything else I said on my form. She also asked me to fill out dad's name on the main form which I struggled a bit to write (quite embarassing). Other than that convo, I don't remember much clearly aside from her scanning my documents, photocopying them (and charging me for the cost). Paid $590 overall for the application and mentioned that the $200 included is for first time applicants. She mentioned I will be contacted by phone only within 2 - 4 weeks. I assumed it would be a month.
Fast forward to July 16th, I got a phone call saying it was approved and I can collect it. Wonderful! I went to the Mong Kok CTS and collected my card without a hitch. So that about wraps up my experience.