Institute for International Business

How to Get Your Passport/Hong Kong Visa

To enter Hong Kong, you will need a valid passport that will not expire within six months of the program's start date. (New passports are valid for 10 years.) Students who are U.S. citizens and need to obtain a new or renewed passport should visit the U.S. State Department website.

First-time passport holders need to apply at one of the official Passport Acceptance Facilities. In Iowa City, this office is located at the U.S. Post Office at 400 S. Clinton St., Iowa City (Phone: 319-354-1560).

Students can arrange for expedited service for the processing of their application. This service allows students to receive their passport in two weeks. Expedited service have additional costs.

Hong Kong Visa Requirements

According to the immigration laws of Hong Kong, foreign students have to obtain a student visa before coming to Hong Kong, unless you have a permanent Hong Kong Identity (HKID) card. And you have to possess a valid student visa during your stay in Hong Kong.

Visa Application:

According to Hong Kong Immigration Department regulations, any person coming to Hong Kong to study must obtain a student visa before arrival. The IASP office can assist students in applying for the visa. To apply for a student visa, students are required to download, complete, and return the VISA/ENTRY PERMIT APPLICATION FORM [ID(E)936A] and DECLARATION OF APPLICATNS EDUCATIONAL ATTAINMENT [ID(E)936E] form together with required supporting documents to the IASP office. It is strongly recommended that students read through the Guidance Notes carefully before completing the forms.

Visa Processing Time

It takes more than TWO MONTHS for the Hong Kong Immigration Department to issue a student visa. It is the responsibility of the student to prepare and provide the required documents for the student visa application. Issuance of the student visa is subject to the Hong Kong Immigration Department's decision.

The Office of Academic Links will assist you in applying for a student visa. The application procedures differ slightly for students of different nationalities.

Students with a PRC (People's Republic of China) Passport/Identity Card:

  • Submit application to Office of Academic Links (OAL)
  • Receive student visa label from OAL
  • Apply for Exit-entry Permit for Traveling to and from Hong Kong and Macao and relevant exit endorsement from the Public Security Bureau Office where your household registrations are kept
  • Enter Hong Kong with Exit-entry Permit for Traveling to and from Hong Kong and Macao and student visa label

Students with an ROC (Taiwan) Passport:

  • Submit visa application to Office of Academic Links (OAL)
  • Receive student visa label from OAL
  • Enter Hong Kong with passport and student visa label
  • To exit and reenter Hong Kong during your study, you will need to apply for a Multiple Reentry Visa at the Immigration Department in Hong Kong

Students with Other Passports:

  • Submit visa application to Office of Academic Links (OAL)
  • Receive student visa label from OAL
  • Enter Hong Kong with passport and student visa label