Visa matters for non-local students
Preparations for studying in Hong Kong
1. Apply for a student visa
After accepting your offer from Gratia Christian College, please ensure you have valid travel documents for your study in Hong Kong. Below is information on applying for a student visa and arriving in Hong Kong.
Most non-local students must obtain a student visa (and entry permit if students are from Mainland China, Macau and Taiwan) to study in Hong Kong. You do not need to apply for a student visa/entry permit if you hold one of the following documents while studying:
It takes about 6 to 8 weeks to process a student visa. We recommend that you apply for a student visa as soon as you accept your offer of admission. The following is the approximate time for the student visa to be approved after submitting the complete visa application documents:
|Months in which students submit their complete visa applications:||Expected Months to Collect Student Visa from Hong Kong Immigration Department:|
|March / April||June|
After receiving the acceptance letter from Gratia Christian College, you will also receive instructions on how to apply for a student visa/entry permit. It is important that you submit your application as early as possible to ensure that you can obtain your student visa/entry clearance in time to begin your studies at Gratia Christian College. After receiving your complete application documents, our school will provide personal visa guarantees for admitted full-time freshmen, and assist in submitting their applications to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for approval. After receiving the approval and visa labels from the Hong Kong Immigration Department, We will mail the visa label to the address recorded on your application.
2. Visa label after entering Hong Kong
Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you will receive a landing slip issued by the Hong Kong Immigration Department. This is an important document which you must keep throughout your studies. You need to submit a copy of the landing slip to the college on the day of the college opening ceremony or the college registration day.