Application for Entry for Study

For Mainland Students


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Important Notes

  1. All students without the right of abode/right to land in Hong Kong must apply for a student visa for the purpose of educationfrom the Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD). It is the responsibility of individual students to make appropriate visa arrangement before they come to Hong Kong.
    *All UG programmes, TPG programmes, RPG programmes and Short-term programmes (including Exchange programmes, Summer programmes and Visiting programmes) are inclusive.
  2. All student visa applicants are required to have a local sponsor. Mainland students who will hold the Exit-entry Permit 【往来港澳通行证】as their travel document, and will enter Hong Kong directly from mainland China should request the Admissions and Academic Liaison Section (AAL) to be their visa sponsor, and apply student visa via the Mainland application route.
    *Non-local students with nationalities other than China or  Chinese nationals with permanent residency in international, should apply the student visa via the international application route.
    Please refer to  the Student Visa - international page for relevant application details.

  3. Mainland students who are failed to obtain a valid student visa/entry permit and use travel visa or travel endorsement on the “Exit-Entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao”(EEP)【往来港澳通行证】(附有個人游(G)/團體游(L)簽注) to participate in any classes, tutorials and other academic-related activities will be regarded as illegal.
  4. Applicants with a Conditional Admission Offer are also strongly advised to apply for entry for study as soon as he/she has received the offer. Applicants are able to submit the Firm Admission Offer Letter/Email copy to AAL later when he/she receives such firm offer confirmation.
  5. Upon a visa/entry permit granted by ImmD, the visa/entry permit label is to be collected by AAL for onward transmission to the applicant. However, the visa/entry permit label will ONLY be sent to the applicant after he/she has submitted a copy of the signed Firm Admission Offer Letter to AAL.
  6. Besides the visa/entry permit label, applicants should apply for an EEP and a relevant exit endorsement 【相關赴港簽注D】from the Public Security Bureau 【備存其戶口登記的公安局】where his/her household registration is kept. This procedure will take approximately 2 weeks. All applicants MUST follow this procedure and bring along the properly endorsed EEP together with the visa/entry permit label for entry into Hong Kong in order to activate his/her student visa.
  7. To submit an application for entry for study, applicants should register a new account via the Online Visa Application System and must fulfill the application requirements as set out. Applicants are able to check their application progress in the online application system. Please Click Here to download the user guide of the System.

Application Procedure

01 Applicant receives the Firm Admission Offer Letter/Conditional Admission Offer Letter from the Faculty
02 Applicant prepares the application documents and submits online application via Online Application System
03 ​Applicant sends the set of completed application hardcopy documents to the Admissions and Academic Liaison Section (AAL)
04 AAL receives and processes the hardcopy of application documents
05 AAL submits the application to the Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD)
06 The ImmD processes and approves the application
07 AAL collects the visa/entry permit label and sends back to the applicant by courier
08 Applicant receives the visa/entry permit label and applies for the “Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao” (EEP) and the relevant exit endorsement
09 Applicant enters Hong Kong with the EEP, visa/entry permit label and the relevant exit endorsement

Processing Time

  1. The processing of application for Entry for Study in Hong Kong will take 10-12 weeks. The applicant is strongly advised to submit the application as soon as he/she has received either the Firm Admission Offer or the Conditional Admission Offer from HKU.
  2. After the receipt of a visa/entry permit label, the applicant should reserve approximately 2 weeks to apply an EEP and relevant exit endorsement.

Duration of Stay

  1. New Visa Application – A first-time applicant applying for a visa for entry of study in Hong Kong
  2. The duration of stay in Hong Kong should be the same as the period shown on the Admission Offer Letter. In normal situation, ImmD will grant the length of stay with the normal duration of study programme, subject to a maximum period of 6 years.
  3. Full time undergraduate, taught postgraduate students and research postgraduate  are advised to enter Hong Kong not more than 2 weeks before the programme commencement date for registration and/or participation in the University's orientation activities. 
  4. Part-time students and short term programme students, including visiting programme, summer programme and exchange programme, should comply with the duration of stay as granted by ImmD and leave Hong Kong immediately and return to Mainland China after completion of the study programme in HKU.

Application Fee

The application for entry for study in Hong Kong requires an non-refundable application fee of HK$990. An applicant ONLY settle the fee by using the online credit card payment platform (Visa, Mastercard or China Unionpay).

List of Documents Required


You are required to present the visa/entry permit label together with the Exit-entry Permit (EEP) and a relevant exit endorsement 【相關赴港簽注D】at the immigration counter of the entry port. A landing slip with information below will be issued to you:

  1. Student – Permitted to remain until “dd/mm/yyyy”
  2. Studying the approved course at THE UNIVERSITY OF HONG KONG
  3. Your English name in pinyin
  4. Travel document number
  5. Arrival date

You are advised to safely keep the landing slip together with the visa/entry permit label and NOT TO LOSE THEM throughout your stay in Hong Kong. 

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  1. AAL will not be responsible for financial and any other loss arise from application failure or delay due to incorrect information or documents provided by the applicant.
  2. All content in the website may be updated at any time without prior notice.

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Last update: 28 February , 2020