Hong Kong

Semester and Year Visa FAQ

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What type of visa do I need?

You will be applying for a Hong Kong Study Visa for Minors.

How do I apply for the visa?

You will send a packet of required documents to AFS-USA prior to departure and AFS Hong Kong will apply for the visa on your behalf. Before departure, AFS Hong Kong will mail you a visa label to put in your passport that will be required for your entry and stay in Hong Kong.

What documents will I need to collect in order to apply for the visa?

  • A listed of required documents will be sent to you by your Visa and Compliance Specialist.
    *You will also need to contact your consulate for a finalized list of requirements.

When do I apply for the visa?

AFS must receive your documents approximately two months before departure.

How much will the visa cost?

The visa fee to be paid to AFS Hong Kong is USD $75. This will be charged to your student account.

Are there any other expected costs?

There are additional costs involved in obtaining, notarizing, and mailing the required documents.

Are any of these costs covered in my AFS program tuition?

No, your program fee does not cover any of the costs related to obtaining your passport or visa.

Can I travel before the start of my program?

Although you must be in your home community for the Pre-Departure Orientation, obtaining the visa will not place any limitations on your travel.

Fees and requirements are determined by immigration authorities and are subject to change at any time.

Need more clarification on visa-related questions? Check out the General Visa FAQs.

IMPORTANT: Do not begin the visa application process until you are notified by AFS.

The information above is a general overview of your expected student visa or residence permit application process. The laws, fees, document requirements, and processes are subject to change at any time.

Additional student visa / residence permit application information and support will be posted as soon as it is available for your specific departure cycle. You will be notified by email as detailed support materials are posted for your program.

The visa application process, including requirements and fees, are determined by the government of your host country and are subject to change. AFS will support you as you apply for your travel documents but ultimately it is your responsibility to obtain legal permission to live and study abroad.

Fees and requirements are determined by each country’s immigration authorities and are subject to change at any time.