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HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION PASSPORTS

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HONG KONG SPECIAL ADMINISTRATIVE REGION PASSPORTSHong,Kong

    Annex 5

    Rules for the processing and issue of Hong Kong Special Administration passports (as prescribed in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

    Passports Ordinance (CHAPTER 539))

    The section Note: this annex reproduces the relevant sections of the Ordinance. numbers below are those given in the Ordinance.

2. Interpretation

    In this Ordinance, unless the context otherwise requires

     "applicant" (申請人) in relation to-

    (a) an application under section 3(1), means the person who will be the

    holder of the passport if the application is granted; and

    (b) an application under section 5(1) or 6, means the holder of the passport; "Chinese citizen" (中國公民) means a person of Chinese nationality under the

    Nationality Law of the People's Republic of China, as implemented in the

    Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in accordance with the

    Explanations of Some Questions by the Standing Committee of the National

    People's Congress Concerning the Implementation of the Nationality Law of

    the People's Republic of China in the Hong Kong Special Administrative

    Region adopted at the 19th meeting of the Standing Committee of the National

    People's Congress at the 8th National People's Congress on 15 May 1996; "Director" (處長) means the Director of Immigration;

    "holder" (持有人), in relation to a passport, means the person in whose name the

    passport has been issued;

    "passport" (護照) means a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Passport

    issued by the Director under section 3;

    "permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region" (香港特

    別行政區永久性居民) means a person who belongs to a class or description

    of persons specified in Schedule 1 to the Immigration Ordinance (Cap 115).

3. Issue of passport

    (1) Subject to this Ordinance, the Director may upon an application for a passport issue a passport to the applicant.

    (2) The Director shall not issue a passport to the applicant unless the applicant has satisfied all of the following conditions-

     (a) he is a Chinese citizen;

     (b) he is a permanent resident of the Hong Kong Special Administrative

    Region; and

     (c) he is a holder of a valid permanent identity card as defined in section

    1A of the Registration of Persons Ordinance (Cap 177).

4. Validity period of passport

    (1) Subject to subsection (2) and sections 5(5) and 9, a passport shall be valid-

    (a) for 5 years from the date of issue, where the applicant has not

    attained 16 years of age at the date of the application for the passport;

    or

    (b) for 10 years from the date of issue, where the applicant has attained

    16 years of age at the date of the application for the passport.

    (2) The Director may, in any particular case, issue a passport which is valid for a period other than that stated in subsection (1) if he is satisfied that there are exceptional circumstances which render it inappropriate to comply with subsection (1).

5. Amendment of passport

    (1) Where the Director is satisfied that any particular or matter recorded in an existing passport does not accurately describe the identity of the holder thereof, he may upon application of the holder amend the passport in such manner as he thinks appropriate.

    (2) Without limiting the generality of subsection (1), an amendment of an existing passport includes replacing the holder's photograph in the passport with a more recent photograph of the holder.

    (3) If the Director thinks appropriate, he may, instead of amending an existing passport, issue another passport in substitution for the existing passport in order to incorporate the amendment thereto.

    (4) If the holder of a passport has not attained 16 years of age at the date of the issue of the passport and the application under subsection (1) only relates to the replacement of the holder's photograph in the passport with a more recent photograph of the holder, section 7(c) shall not apply.

    (5) A passport issued under subsection (3) shall expire on the same date on which the passport being substituted would have expired if not so substituted.

6. Cross link passports

    Where the holder of a passport ("previous passport") has been issued with another passport ("replacement passport") under this Ordinance and the previous passport bears a visa which is still in force, the holder may apply for making on

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    both the previous passport and the replacement passport an endorsement to the effect that the previous passport bears a visa which is still in force.

7. Mode of application

     An application under section 3(1), 5(1) or 6 shall be-

     (a) made in writing to the Director in such form and manner as the

    Director may determine;

     (b) accompanied by such information and particulars as the Director

    may reasonably require; and

     (c) accompanied by the prescribed fee set out in the Schedule.

8. Application or collection of passports outside Hong Kong

    (1) Where an application under section 3(1), 5(1) or 6 is made outside Hong Kong, the applicant shall, in addition to complying with section 7, submit to all such steps as the Director may reasonably require in relation to the application.

    (2) Regardless of whether an application under section 3(1), 5(1) or 6 is made outside Hong Kong, if the applicant wishes to collect his passport at a place outside Hong Kong and the Director considers that it is reasonably practicable to do so, the application shall be accompanied, in addition to the prescribed fee under section 7(c), by an additional fee to cover the necessary expenses for delivering the passport to that place.

    (3) The Director shall, with the approval of the Financial Secretary, specify the additional fee under subsection (2) by notice in the Gazette and he may specify different fees for different means of delivering a passport and for different places outside Hong Kong.

    (4) For the avoidance of doubt, it is hereby declared that a notice under subsection (3) is not subsidiary legislation.

9. Cancellation of passport

    (1) The Director may cancel a passport and may take possession thereof if-

     (a) the Director is satisfied on reasonable grounds that-

    (i) the holder of the passport ceases to satisfy the conditions

    mentioned in section 3(2);

    (ii) the passport or an amendment of the passport has been obtained

    by means of any false or misleading statement or information

    or has otherwise been obtained unlawfully; or

    (iii) any particular or matter recorded in the passport is incorrect

    and, in the opinion of the Director, it is not appropriate or

    practicable to correct it by way of an amendment under section

    5; or

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     (b) the holder of the passport has been issued with another passport

    under this Ordinance.

    (2) The Director shall not take possession of a passport under subsection (1) if an application under section 6 is granted.

10. Appeals against decisions of Director

    (1) A person aggrieved by any decision made by the Director under section 3(1), 4(2), 5(1) or 9 may appeal against that decision in accordance with regulations made under subsection (2).

    (2) The Secretary for Security may by regulation provide for-

     (a) the authority to which or the person to whom an appeal under

    subsection (1) shall lie, or the establishment of an appeal board for

    the purpose of hearing and determining any such appeal;

     (b) the powers of the authority, person or appeal board referred to in

    paragraph (a) in relation to an appeal under subsection (1);

     (c) the procedure as regards the lodging of an appeal under subsection

    (1);

     (d) the practice and procedure upon the hearing of an appeal under

    subsection (1); and

     (e) matters ancillary or incidental to those specified under paragraph (a),

    (b), (c) or (d).

11. Refund of fees

    If an application under section 3(1), 5(1) or 6 is refused, the prescribed fee under section 7(c) and the additional fee (if any) under section 8(2) shall be refunded to the applicant.

12. Amendment of Schedule

     The Chief Executive in Council may by notice in the Gazette amend the Schedule.

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    SCHEDULE

    [sections 7 & 12]

    PRESCRIBED FEES

    Item Particular Fee

    $ 1. Issuing a passport under section 3(1) (other than to a

    person under the age of 16 years)-

    (a) for a passport of 32 pages 320

    (b) for a passport of 48 pages 460 2. Issuing a passport under section 3(1) to a person under the

    age of 16 years-

    (a) for a passport of 32 pages 160

    (b) for a passport of 48 pages 230 3. Amending an existing passport under section 5(1), for 70

    each application

    4. Making an endorsement under section 6 140

    (Amended L.N. 277 of 2000)

    SCHEDULE

    [sections 7 & 12]

    PRESCRIBED FEES

    Item Particular Fee

    $ 1. Issuing a passport under section 3(1) (other than to a

    person under the age of 16 years)-

    (a) for a passport of 32 pages 280

    (b) for a passport of 48 pages 400 2. Issuing a passport under section 3(1) to a person under the

    age of 16 years-

    (a) for a passport of 32 pages 140

    (b) for a passport of 48 pages 200 3. Amending an existing passport under section 5(1), for 70

    each application

    4. Making an endorsement under section 6 140

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