Terminated FDH can no longer apply for extension of limit of stay

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In view of recent concerns about the health risks posed to FDHs staying in boarding facilities and to prevent the abuse by FDHs of the aforementioned facilitation measure to change employers frequently (commonly known as “job-hopping”), the Government decided that FDHs whose contracts are prematurely terminated can no longer apply for an extension of the limit of stay as visitors; and that, in accordance with the prevailing policy of the Government, FDHs are required to leave Hong Kong upon completion of their employment contract or within two weeks from the date of termination of their employment contract, whichever is the earlier. In exceptional circumstances that warrant special consideration, FDHs may submit to the Immigration Department (ImmD) applications for extension of stay in Hong Kong as visitors.


In view of recent concerns about the health risks posed to FDHs staying in boarding facilities and to prevent the abuse by FDHs of the aforementioned facilitation measure to change employers frequently (commonly known as “job-hopping”), the Government decided that FDHs whose contracts are prematurely terminated can no longer apply for an extension of the limit of stay as visitors

This new directive comes after the Government announced on March 21, June 30, and September 30 that applications from FDHs to extend their limit of stay (for a maximum period of one month) in Hong Kong as visitors for the purpose of finding a new employer would be flexibly considered. This means the 14-day condition of stay is back as the limit for processing new contract

The Immigration Department will continue to consider and expedite the processing of employment visa applications submitted by FDHs who are in Hong Kong. At the same time, the ImmD will further combat “job-hopping” and continue to step up scrutiny of the details of applicants, such as the number and reasons for their premature contract termination in the last 12 months. For suspected “job-hopping” cases, the ImmD will refuse the employment visa applications concerned and require the applicants to leave Hong Kong.

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