A spouse visa in Hong Kong is an entry permit issued for dependants.
It is issued to those who will enter the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) accompanying another individual who will reside for employment, business or other purposes.
The visa for dependents is not an equivalent of a Hong Kong marriage visa, as different conditions can apply in this case.
The conditions for the Hong Kong dependent spouse visa are briefly outlined below by our team.
For complete information about immigration, or details on other types of visas or entry permits, please get in touch with our lawyers in Hong Kong.
|Spouse visa in Hong Kong requirements||
The applicant must have a sponsor in Hong Kong
|Spouse visa nationality restrictions||
Certain Chinese nationals
Former Mainland China residents residing in Macao Special Administrative Region (in certain cases)
Nationals of Afghanistan
Nationals of Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea)
Spouse visa for civil partnerships (Yes/No)
|Spouse visa in Hong Kong for non-heterosexual couples (Yes/No)||
|Spouse visa validity||Dependent on the sponsor’s residence permit validity|
|Employment in Hong Kong for the spouse visa holder||
The holder of a spouse visa in Hong Kong cannot take up employment if the sponsor resides in Hong Kong for study purposes unless they have special
Study for the Hong Kong
There is no need for prior permission
|Income requirements||The sponsor must prove that he/she has income to sustain the dependant at an standard above the subsistence level|
The sponsor must show that he/she can provide the spouse visa holder with proper accommodation
for the applicant
|Hold a valid travel document at all times|
|Proof of relationship||The parties must be able to show a genuine relationship (marriage registration, etc.)|
|Right of abode||
After continuous residence as a dependent
for no less than 7 years
|Dependent visa for relatives other than spouses||Minor, unmarried and dependent children, parents aged 60 or above (in some cases)|
|Visa fee in Hong Kong||$230 for the ordinary visa|
|Visa processing time||6 weeks|
|Assistance for spouse visa applications||
Foreign nationals who apply for the spouse visa in Hong Kong can benefit from complete assistance offered
by our team of lawyers
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Hong Kong dependent spouse visa conditions
A spouse who accompanies the holder of a visa or residence permit is considered a dependent.
The entry arrangement allowing an individual to enter HKSAR as the dependent of a permit holder (his or her sponsor) does not apply in case of:
- Chinese residents of Mainland China, with certain exceptions (such as when the sponsor was admitted for certain purposes);
- former Mainland China residents who reside in Macao Special Administrative Region who have Macao identity cards for less than 7 years (unless they are residents of Macao under the one-way permit scheme);
- foreign nationals of Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Korea.
The immigration experts at out law firm in Hong Kong can give you more details about the conditions for the dependent entry permit, the spouse visa in Hong Kong in case of Chinese residents subject to the aforementioned exemptions.
We can also provide information on the general residency requirements in HKSAR.
Hong Kong spouse visa requirements
The following categories of dependents can apply for this type of visa:
- the applicant is the spouse or the other party to a same-sex civil partnership or same-sex civil union;
- the applicant is unmarried dependent child under the age of 18;
- the applicant is the parent aged 60 or above (only in some cases, when the sponsor is not subject to a limit of stay in Hong Kong).
The application for a spouse visa in Hong Kong is favourably considered in the following cases:
- there is a genuine relationship between the applicant and the sponsor;
- there is no detriment to the applicant;
- the sponsor can support the dependent’s living in Hong Kong at a level above the subsistence level;
- the sponsor can provide the applicant with accommodation in Hong Kong.
The applicant and the sponsor will provide adequate and sufficient proof of their relationship as part of the mandatory documentation requirements.
The dependent is required to fill in Part A of the application form for the dependent’s visa, while the Part B of the same form is completed by the sponsor.
The duration of the dependent’s stay is dependent on that of the sponsor.
The holder of a spouse visa in Hong Kong does not require special permission to study in HKSAR.
Dependents are generally permitted to take up employment while in the HKSAR, however, this is not possible for the dependants of sponsors who are in Hong Kong for study purposes.
Main fees and processing time for the spouse visa in Hong Kong
All visa or entry permit/residence permit applications are subject to fees.
To these, the applicant may also need to include any sworn translations for their documents, as needed.
The following fees and processing times are relevant for the spouse visa in Hong Kong:
- ordinary visa fee: $230;
- marriage at the office of the Registrar: $715 during regular hours and $1,935 outside of normal office hours;
- the normal processing time for the dependent visa is 6 weeks.
Applicants should keep in mind that approval of the spouse visa is at the discretion of the Director of Immigration.
An extension of stay can be applied for within 4 weeks before the limit of stay expires.
If the couple plans on getting married in Hong Kong, our team can give them details on the Hong Kong marriage visa, and how to proceed for the lawful registration of their marriage.
Contact our law firm in Hong Kong for more information about the spouse visa in Hong Kong.
Our team can answer any questions concerning immigration, from simple issues such as those concerning visas and entry permits to more complex issues that concern reuniting with family members. You can reach out to our immigration lawyers in Hong Kong if you have questions about the right of abode, residency in general, identity cards, or the certificate of registered particulars.