Persons holding a student visa/entry permit to study at the University will be considered as "non-local students" within the validity period of their visa/permit for student enrolment at the University. Students have the responsibility to comply with the immigration rules, regulations and conditions governing their eligibility for studies and stay in Hong Kong.
|Attribute||Identification Documents||Eligibility for Studies in Hong Kong||Restriction on Study Load|
|Local Students||Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card||No restrictions||No restrictions|
|Hong Kong Identity Card with right to land in Hong Kong|
|One-way Permit for entry to Hong Kong|
|Dependant visa||Within the validity period of their visas/permits|
|Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) visa|
|Employment visa||Part-time study load only|
|Any other valid entry visa/permit issued by IMMD permitting persons for entry to Hong Kong and pursue full-time and/or part-time studies without the need to apply for a student visa||Subject to the conditions of stay relevant to their visas/permits|
|Non-local Students||Student Visa (for Foreign Students)
Student Entry Permit (for Mainland Students)
All students must produce appropriate identity document(s) for verification at the time of enrolment. Non-local students should produce a validated student visa/entry permit AND an appropriate landing slip issued at the immigration checkpoint upon entry to Hong Kong.
Since it is by law that people entering Hong Kong as visitors are NOT allowed to study at any school or university, those holding visitor visas or entering Hong Kong under the Individual Visit Scheme will not be accepted for enrolment as a student at the University.
For information and assistance on student visa application, please contact the Global Services Office (GSO).
The deadline for student enrolment at the University is the end date of Week 2 in Semester A, Semester B or the Summer Term as specified in the University's Academic Calendar. Those who fail to complete enrolment by the specified date will have their studies terminated and IMMD will be informed accordingly.
Student visas/entry permits are normally valid through the normal duration of programmes. If the visa expires before graduation, students should apply for an extension of stay to IMMD prior to the expiry of their limit of stay to continue their studies and maintain an active student status.
Student visa holders can apply for a letter of certification for extension of student visa from the SGS Taught Postgraduate Student Service Counter to support their application to IMMD. Students should apply at least two weeks before the date the certification letter is required to allow adequate time for processing.
Students holding other types of visa should apply to IMMD directly for extension with appropriate documents.
Once a student visa/entry permit is extended, students must report the new visa information to SGS.
All students with valid visas, except those holding part-time student visas or IANG visas, can update their visa information via AIMS > Personal Information > Visa Information. To enable this AIMS function, students should submit a copy of their Hong Kong Identity Card to the SGS Taught Postgraduate Student Service Counter.
Those who are ineligible or unable to use this AIMS function should visit the Service Counter in person and bring along the original copy of their renewed visa/entry permit for verification and records updating.
The University is required to report to IMMD any non-local student status changes, including approved periods of leave of absence, suspension of studies, withdrawal of studies and termination of studies.
|Change of Student Status||Reason||Effective Date|
|Leave of absence||Student application||Date of online submission|
|Suspension of studies||Academic suspension||Date of suspension notification|
|Due to disciplinary action|
|Withdrawal of studies||Self withdrawal from studies||Date of online submission|
|Termination of studies||Academic termination||Date of termination notification|
|Due to fees outstanding|
|Due to disciplinary action|
|Due to visa expiry||Date of visa expiry|
Students who have changed their visa type (such as from holding a student visa to a dependent visa, or vice versa) or residence status during their period of study at the University should report the change to SGS by completing the "Change of Personal Particulars" form and returning it to the SGS Taught Postgraduate Student Service Counter in person, along with the original supporting document for verification.