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  1. #51

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    I would apply as soon as possible. Earliest You can apply is one month before the anniversary so apply for PR, it doesn't matter you leave HK for masters later. As long as you are physically in Hong Kong on the day you apply, it's OK. As you said you can come back later to join the final interview and finish the process.

    But of course you have to renew your work visa in July.


    Quote Originally Posted by ierand:
    Hello everyone. I am eligible to apply for HK PR next year End of August. It will be 7 years since I landed to Hong Kong by that time. My current visa is valid until mid of July 2021, so actually I will need to extend my visa again (so unlucky, just 1 month...). Anyway, I am currently employed in Hong Kong and my company can extend my visa again next year. However, what I am also planning is to apply for Masters Degree overseas, starting from Sep 2021. So my plan is to apply for PR in the end of August 2021, leave for my Masters studies a few days afterwards. However, I am not sure whether is that okay to do so? I have been trying to search the relevant information in immigration website, but could not find anything relevant, whether I am allowed to leave HK after applying for PR and coming back again in September/October to pick up my PR.

    OR

    Since my company will also extend the visa for 2 years, so it will be valid until July 2023. What I could do is to apply for PR not in Aug 2021, but once I finish my masters in summer 2022.

    Any suggestions/advice/further clarifications? Would be much help.

  2. #52

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    but how long will they keep the application open if I apply for PR and then leave HK? any idea?

    If I apply 1 month before the 7 years completion, from what I read above, they will only proceed after 7 years completed? or within that 1 month immigration department will process it and once 7 years happen, they will notify me to pick up the new card?

    feels like quite many arrangements but also do not want to loose the chance for PR by leaving for Masters


  3. #53

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    Quote Originally Posted by ierand:
    but how long will they keep the application open if I apply for PR and then leave HK? any idea?

    If I apply 1 month before the 7 years completion, from what I read above, they will only proceed after 7 years completed? or within that 1 month immigration department will process it and once 7 years happen, they will notify me to pick up the new card?

    feels like quite many arrangements but also do not want to loose the chance for PR by leaving for Masters
    https://geoexpat.com/forum/54/thread...ml#post3724361



    the paper ID card they issue has about a month's validity as I remember. There will be a date on that document, which is about 1-2 weeks later , when you can go and pick up your actual PR ID card.

  4. #54

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    Quote Originally Posted by ierand:
    but how long will they keep the application open if I apply for PR and then leave HK? any idea?

    If I apply 1 month before the 7 years completion, from what I read above, they will only proceed after 7 years completed? or within that 1 month immigration department will process it and once 7 years happen, they will notify me to pick up the new card?

    feels like quite many arrangements but also do not want to loose the chance for PR by leaving for Masters
    They wont begin to process it until the 7 years is up.

  5. #55

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    Thanks for the sharing, very informative.

    Seems quite tight if I need to wait for another 1-2 weeks after 7 years to get my PR


  6. #56

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    They will actually start the process but they won't give you an appointment before your 7th year anniversary is up. You might as well get your appointment right on yr anniversary.

    Just get the paper and authorize someone else to pickup your hkid for you.

    - apply a month in advance,
    - get the interview confirmation ; goto immigration website and change the confirmed interview to an earlier date ( i have done that),

    - book a hkid application appointment for the same day, and as soon as you receive your verification of eligibility for PR, head down and get the ID done.

    - you can nominate a person to pickup the ID card for you right then.

    - you will need the temporary ID paper when you leave hong kong ; but if they must have that for pickup, so you can just mail that back to HK.

    - Usually the hkid pickup will be 7 - 10 days from application. whoever picks up your hkid can again ems that to you wherever you are.

    Hope it works for you.






    Quote Originally Posted by ierand:
    but how long will they keep the application open if I apply for PR and then leave HK? any idea?

    If I apply 1 month before the 7 years completion, from what I read above, they will only proceed after 7 years completed? or within that 1 month immigration department will process it and once 7 years happen, they will notify me to pick up the new card?

    feels like quite many arrangements but also do not want to loose the chance for PR by leaving for Masters
    shri and ierand like this.

  7. #57

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    Right... so seems I could do everything on the same day, interview and application for ID, depending on their availability for scheduling.

    Once all of that done, I will get temporary ID which I will need to leave HK and send it back again for authorized person to pick my PR card. And then authorized person sends me the PR card while I do masters... Seems quite straightforward now. Thanks a lot!


  8. #58

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    Are appointments/interviews still done in person just now during covid spike? Any alternative arrangements?


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