Hong Kong’s Immigration Department will operate out of its new headquarters in Tseung Kwan O, from June 11, 2024, moving from its longtime location at 7 Gloucester Road in Wan Chai. The new premises span 57,400 square metres in an 18-storey-high building at 61 Po Yap Road. Hong Kong residents can head to the new HQ to apply for HKSAR passports, permanent residency, visas and extension of stay, and identity cards. Only the Registration of Persons service will remain at the old Wan Chai office.

The new immigration office will also provide new services, such as Personal Documentation Self-services at which visitors can use self-submission kiosks for travel documents and self-collection kiosks for Hong Kong Identity Cards and travel documents. Hongkongers can also register births and marriages at the new premises. In addition, a new marriage hall will open here on June 26 for couples who wish to celebrate their unions. The venue can accommodate up to 80 people, and has a heart-shaped garden outside for photo ops.

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The public transport options around the new immigration headquarters in Tseung Kwan O (© Immigration Department)

The Immigration Tower at Wan Chai was completed in 1990, and stands at 49 storeys high. It was originally known as Wanchai Tower II, following its neighbour the Wan Chai Tower and the Wan Chai Tower III (now known as the Revenue Tower). It will be redeveloped as the new wing of the Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Header image credits: Immigration Department, Dayangshom KARMENLEO via Wiki Commons

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From the Middle East to the Far East and a couple of places in between, Anjali has lived in no fewer than seven cities in Asia, and has travelled extensively in the region. She worked as a lifestyle journalist in India before coming to Hong Kong, where her favourite thing to do is island-hopping with her daughter. You can check out her musings on motherhood, courtesy her Instagram profile.

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