Student Visa Application
Information for International/Non-local Students
Non-local students are persons who require a student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department to study in Hong Kong. Persons holding any of the following documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department are considered as local students:
- Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card;
- Hong Kong Identity Card showing right to land status;
- One-way permit for entry to Hong Kong;
- Full-time employment visa/work permit (for part-time study);
- Entry visa/entry permit for quality migrants;
- Entry visa/entry permit for capital investment entrants; or
- Other documents issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department certifying the applicant's right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong.
Student Visa/Entry Permit
Persons who do not have the right of abode or right to land and wish to enter Hong Kong for the purpose of education are required by law to obtain a valid student visa/entry permit issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department before traveling to Hong Kong. It is the student’s responsibility to obtain a valid student visa /entry permit before arrival, and to comply with the terms and conditions of the permit. If you are unable to present a valid student visa/entry permit that corresponds to the programme you intend to study, you will not be allowed to enrol in our programme. If you are holding or have applied for a student visa/entry permit but subsequently decide to take up another programme, you may need to apply for a new student visa. Please consult our Global Services Office for advice on what actions you need to take to obtain the appropriate student visa /entry permit. CityU graduates holding an extended student visa/entry permit for a previous programme should apply for another permit for enrolment in the newly admitted programme.
Students admitted from overseas countries should direct their visa applications to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate General in their place of residence or to the Immigration Department of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). As part of the application for a visa, applicants are required to nominate a Hong Kong resident aged 18 or above to act as a sponsor. Those who have difficulty in nominating a sponsor may write to the University to act in this capacity. Mainland students should submit their application for a student visa/entry permit via the University, which will be required to act as the sponsor for their study. For information on visa/entry permit application, please consult our Global Services Office at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/gso/cns_stdvisa.htm.