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    Can you be staying at a hotel and apply for HKID card

    Hi i'm currently waiting for my work visa to be processed so i can then apply for an ID card, I've been looking at apartments recently but in my price range they're not great. i spoke to the concierge at my hotel and he said if i booked at least a month i could stay there for the same price but its a much nicer place.

    However I've heard that when applying for a hkid card or bank account you need to provide an address and it cant be a hotel. Does anyone know if this is true?

    Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukeyo:
    Hi i'm currently waiting for my work visa to be processed so i can then apply for an ID card, I've been looking at apartments recently but in my price range they're not great. i spoke to the concierge at my hotel and he said if i booked at least a month i could stay there for the same price but its a much nicer place.

    However I've heard that when applying for a hkid card or bank account you need to provide an address and it cant be a hotel. Does anyone know if this is true?

    Thanks
    I opened my bank account with a hotel address. Explain your bank that your company pays for hotel for the first few months or something like that. They won't mind.

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    I had the opposite experience to Plutark. HSBC wouldn't even take the rental agreement I had at a serviced apartment because it didn't have the stamp duty stamp on it. I had to get them to go get the 2 month agreement stamped in order to open a bank account. But HSBC is amongst the worst for these things I hear, so maybe another bank might be a bit more relaxed.

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    Thanks, did either of you have problems with the ID card?


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    Quote Originally Posted by sceeerutinizer:
    I had the opposite experience to Plutark. HSBC wouldn't even take the rental agreement I had at a serviced apartment because it didn't have the stamp duty stamp on it. I had to get them to go get the 2 month agreement stamped in order to open a bank account. But HSBC is amongst the worst for these things I hear, so maybe another bank might be a bit more relaxed.
    I did it with Citibank, HSBC is the impossible bank

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lukeyo:
    Thanks, did either of you have problems with the ID card?
    I don't think it's an issue. I believe I just used my work address. Banks are another story.

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    Me and the wife stayed at the YWCA lodge in Kowloon Tong for a month when we came to Hong Kong in 2017. (Essentially a long stay hotel)

    We opened bank account at HSBC and got ID cards whilst there. No issues at all.

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    actually not necessary so.. what you do is maybe apply for some stuffs where they will send a letter to your address.. just bring the letter with your address as the address proof and i think the banks will accept. they are not trained to look at the hotel address to reject.. more like if you just show a tenancy agreement its an exception and they get more worried about it.


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    Should not be a problem for ID card. Banks will vary by which company, branch and officer processes your paperwork. In theory you don't need a permanent address.


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    You will pick up the card at the immigration office so it shouldn’t matter that much.


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