Any person who has been ordinarily residing in Hong Kong for more than 7 years could
apply for the Right of Abode in Hong Kong. This is also known as the Permanent Resident
application, or application for a Permanent Hong Kong Identity Card.
The key consideration of this application is to proof that the person has been continuously
living in Hong Kong for not less than 7 years before filing the application,
such person has already taken Hong Kong as his / her only place of domicile, would
continue to reside in Hong Kong for the near foreseeable future.
Though Hong Kong Immigration Department would have movement records of all individuals, the
burden of proof will still be rested with the applicants.
The following situations will affect a permanent resident application:
- Any period of continuous absence for more than 6 months during the 7 years.
- Any period of aggregate absence for more than 6 months in any particular year during
the 7 years.
- Any period of not holding a resident visa ( i.e. visitor visa ) during the 7 years.
After the approval of a Permanent Resident status, the Permanent Resident cannot continuously
absent from Hong Kong for more than 3 years, otherwise the permanent resident status would be
lifted to right to land in Hong Kong.