Hong Kong – New Smart Identity Card.

What is changing?

Slated to commence in the fourth quarter (Q4) of 2018, the current Hong Kong Identity card is being replaced as it’s supposed life span expires within ten (10) years. The new card is designed to be sustainable and technologically advanced with safer security features.

Who will be affected?

  • Clients/Employers must remain vigilant of this immigration update so they know when their employees based in Hong Kong can replace their Identity card since this would be done in phases according to the applicant’s year of birth.
  • All Hong Kong residents who are in possession of a Hong Kong identity card.

What to Expect

  • The Immigration Department will set up nine (9) replacement centers across the city. Self-service registration and collection kiosks will also be set up at these centers.
  • Approximately 8.8 million existing cards will be replaced starting from the fourth quarter of next year.
  • The existing cards, issued between 2003 and 2007, will exceed their optimum ten (10) year lifespan by this year, meaning they will gradually become more susceptible to damage and malfunction.
  • Smart card holders will be called upon to have their cards replaced in phases in accordance with the year of their birth however, immigration staff, police officers, labor inspectors, principal government officials, lawmakers and Executive Council members will be required to replace the cards first in order to allow them to become familiar with the new smart cards for the execution of their duties and to help in the review of the workflow and operations.
  • Persons aged sixty-five (65) and older (born in 1954 or earlier) are allowed to replace their cards at any time during the designated period of the exercise.
  • Residents can make an appointment to fill-out the form in advance on the internet or through a mobile app. Immigration officials will announce this arrangement.
  • The exercise will take four years to complete.

What you need to do
Planning ahead

  • Emigra Worldwide Hong Kong does not assist with this process as it is out of our scope of service unless authorized. We will however, share further information as it becomes available so as to make our clients aware of when this process takes effect.
  • Contact your Emigra Worldwide representative for further details on how these updates may impact you or your client.