I am a 22-year old Canadian passport holder with a dependent visa expiring in June. My visa is dependent of Hong Kong permanent resident and I first applied when I was under 18 years of age - this would have been my 3rd time extending my dependent visa.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I am unable to be physically present in Hong Kong within 4 weeks to apply for Extension of Stay. However, if I were to re-apply past the my visa expiry date I will be considered a visitor and will need to wait indefinitely until the borders open up for visitors again.
What would be the probability of approval for my extension of stay after the June date, especially since I am past the age of 18 at the time of re-application. I have contacted the Immigration Office and mentioned my concerns, however they said they will have to determine case-by-case, highlighting 2 options:
1. Flying to Hong Kong and authorizing someone to apply for my extension while I am quarantined for 14 days.
2. Arriving as a visitor, post-pandemic restrictions and re-applying.
In your opinions, would the global pandemic be a legitimate reason as to why I was unable to come back to Hong Kong to extend my visa?
Thanks for all your help - I am very worried.