top of page

Dependant Visa

Updated: Jan 8

Dependant Visas in Hong Kong

Here's a comprehensive guide to dependant visas in Hong Kong, covering eligibility, application, processing, costs, rights, and limitations:


  • Spouses of Hong Kong residents who hold valid visas for employment, investment, training, study, or are permanent residents.

  • Unmarried children under 18 of these residents.

  • Parents over 60 of these residents, only in specific circumstances (e.g., if they can't be cared for in their home country and the resident can provide substantial support).

Application process:

  • Complete Form ID 997 (Application for Entry for Residence as Dependants in Hong Kong).

  • Gather supporting documents:

Proof of relationship (e.g., marriage certificate, birth certificate)

Sponsor's proof of residency and financial ability

Dependant's passport and travel documents

  • Submit the application online or by mail to the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Rights and limitations:

  • Reside in Hong Kong for the duration of the sponsor's visa.

  • Engage in study (including full-time programs).

  • Work only if they obtain a separate work visa.

  • Cannot apply for public benefits (e.g., social welfare).

Additional notes:

  • Visa validity: tied to the sponsor's visa validity.

  • Renewal: apply for renewal along with the sponsor's visa renewal.

  • Change of sponsor: apply for a new dependant visa if the sponsor changes.

  • Non-eligible dependants: may consider visitor visas for short-term stays.

For the most accurate and up-to-date information, always refer to the Hong Kong Immigration Department's website.

Processing Time

  • Typically 6 weeks, but can vary depending on case complexity.


  • Application fee: HK$230 for each applicant

  • Additional fees: may apply for document processing or medical examinations.

How Bestar can Help

Here are some ways Bestar might be able to assist you:

Visa application assistance:

  • Completing visa application forms: Bestar could provide guidance and assistance in filling out the complex Hong Kong dependant visa application forms (Form ID 997). This can be helpful for ensuring accuracy and completeness, reducing the risk of errors or delays.

  • Document gathering: Bestar could help you compile and organize the necessary supporting documents for your dependant visa application, such as proof of relationship, sponsor's financial documents, and medical certificates.

  • Communication with authorities: Bestar might be able to help you communicate with the Hong Kong Immigration Department if needed, clarifying any requirements or resolving any issues that may arise during the application process.

Additional services:

  • Visa interview preparation: Bestar could provide tips and guidance for preparing for a potential dependant visa interview, helping you anticipate questions and present your case effectively.

  • General Hong Kong information: Bestar might have access to information and resources about living in Hong Kong as a dependant, such as healthcare, education, and social services, which can be helpful for planning your move.

Contact Bestar to inquire about our specific services and expertise regarding Hong Kong dependant visas.

5 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


bottom of page