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  1. #11

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    Same here, I got mine and went with my mum in March. Surprisingly painless experience for government agencies.

    Took about 10 minutes to fill in the details for both of us on the website and booked an appointment time. Went to the Mongkok one on Saturday morning, and had to queue a couple of times for the different processes, but there was either no wait or just 1 number in front. The person helping us take the photo was actually very friendly and polite even taking time to answer my mum's questions or tell her where to find more information.

    Overall this process took about 20 minutes (even with my mum asking questions).

    Went back 2 weeks later to pick up the new ones and we were in and out in just 10 minutes.

    I think they did really well to stagger the different age groups and to also have people booking appointment times so its very smooth and efficient.

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  2. #12

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    Thanks for Shri's update. 10 working days does seem pretty fast. I thought it used to be 15 days, if I had remembered correctly. Still, I wonder if I have to stay in HK for 10 days, or can I go abroad in between 10 days.

    It's because I go to China and Vietnam often for business.

    Last edited by Hyperionhtp; 07-05-2019 at 02:13 AM.

  3. #13

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    Sounded like you keep the old one until you pick up the new one?


  4. #14

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hyperionhtp:
    Thanks for Shri's update. 10 working days does seem pretty fast. I thought it used to be 15 days, if I had remembered correctly. Still, I wonder if I have to stay in HK for 10 days, or can I go abroad in between 10 days.

    It's because I go to China and Vietnam often for business.
    You can. You're given a 1 month window to pick up your ID card. Mine is 15/05 - 17/06. Your current ID card is valid till you pick up your new one.

  5. #15

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    Quote Originally Posted by HK_Katherine:
    Sounded like you keep the old one until you pick up the new one?
    Yes, you swap the old one when you go in to collect your new one (which you can do from a machine if you like).

  6. #16

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    Picked up the card my card and had to use the counter since I was picking up for a second person. Took all of 10 mins (around 2PM) to pick up.

    Did not see anyone use the automated machine to pick up their card while I was waiting.

    Overall painless process and well organised by IMMD.

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  7. #17

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    I just booked my appointment for next week.


  8. #18

    Went today - in and out in well under 20 minutes.

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  9. #19

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    I took longer than 20 mins - for some reason they have great difficulty with my fingerprints!


  10. #20

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    I would like to know if any British nationals have had their HKID card replaced and still have the 3 stars on it? I currently hold one with 3 stars and I’m a British born Chinese. I heard rumours that if you complete your nationality as “British”, you will lose the 3 stars. Hence would need to live in HK for 7 years to get the 3 stars which you are eligible for an HKSAR Re-entry permit.


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