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  1. #21

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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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    why not just put Chinese then? If the 3 stars is important to you? You already wrote "I'm a British born Chinese"


  3. #23

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    What Chris said. You either are a Chinese citizen or you aren't. If you are I'm sure you can prove that and not lose your 3 stars.


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    If you lose three stars, you won't get it back even after 7 years.

    And declaring yourself as a Chinese national does not mean that you're not a British citizen.

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  5. #25

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    I don't see any newer threads on this, so giving this one a bump with a question.

    Just noticed that apparently it's my birth year's window to replace my ID ending next month.

    Does it matter if I actually replace it during this window?

    I don't really feel like lining up for things unnecessarily in a pandemic and am not in any rush.

    Can I just do it later when life gets back to normal?


  6. #26

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    Quote Originally Posted by jabalong:
    I don't see any newer threads on this, so giving this one a bump with a question.

    Just noticed that apparently it's my birth year's window to replace my ID ending next month.

    Does it matter if I actually replace it during this window?

    I don't really feel like lining up for things unnecessarily in a pandemic and am not in any rush.

    Can I just do it later when life gets back to normal?
    If you are in HK, you must do it during the allocated period...

    In accordance with Section 7B(3) of the Registration of Persons Ordinance, any person who without reasonable excuse fails to apply for a new identity card within the specified call-up periods commits an offence and will be liable to a fine of $5,000 if prosecuted. However, if you are outside Hong Kong during your specified call-up period, you need not rush back to Hong Kong for identity card replacement before the expiry of your specified call-up period. You can still have your HKIC replaced at any one of the Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres within 30 days of your return to Hong Kong.
    https://www.smartid.gov.hk/en/FAQ/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickyears:
    If you are in HK, you must do it during the allocated period...
    Seems I'm up too.

    How do I know if I've already done it? Is there something on the ID card that signifies this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage:
    Seems I'm up too.

    How do I know if I've already done it? Is there something on the ID card that signifies this?

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    Of you didn’t get one after November 2018 then you don’t have it already.

    The Territory-wide Identity Card Replacement Exercise covers all Hong Kong residents who are holders of a smart identity card with the date of issue between 23 June 2003 and 24 November 2018,

    Btw all slots for the island and Kowloon are full, only availability is in the New Territories. I’m not going to travel there for this. So what’s the alternative?

  9. #29

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    Quote Originally Posted by stickyears:
    If you are in HK, you must do it during the allocated period...



    https://www.smartid.gov.hk/en/FAQ/index.html

    Hmmm, anyone know if this is actually enforced?

    Seems irresponsible during a pandemic. A lot of countries have gone the other way and done blanket extensions of ID expiries in order to minimize the flow of people unnecessarily queueing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sage:
    Seems I'm up too.

    How do I know if I've already done it? Is there something on the ID card that signifies this?
    The artwork and design is different. New ID cards have the contacts on the back (new card on the left below):

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