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The global outbreak of COVID-19 continues to have an unprecedented impact on many businesses and their internationally mobile workforce. With ongoing and increasing restrictions on cross-border travel and the strengthening of quarantine measures, many Hong Kong-based employees and their dependants are struggling to return to Hong Kong to process their visa extension applications prior to the expiry of their current visas. 

To mitigate some of the challenges presented by ongoing travel restrictions, the Hong Kong Immigration Department (‘ImmD’) has announced that it will start accepting visa extension applications for certain non-permanent residents from outside of Hong Kong, who as a result of COVID-19 have not been able to return to Hong Kong to submit their applications in a timely manner.