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Contract renewal: How do I process a domestic helper visa without an agency?

Below, you’ll find our contract renewal steps for Indonesian domestic helpers and Filipino domestic helpers.

Smart Renewal Service

The Smart Renewal service by the Hong Kong Immigration Department is the online document submission method. It is a convenient choice for one of the steps in the processes below. Via the Smart Renewal Service portal, employers and domestic helpers can submit documents needed for renewal of contract and also apply for extension of stay for FDHs, inquire on application status, submit supplementary document(s) and submit notification of premature termination of an employment contract. 

If you use the Smart Renewal Service to submit the application for the renewal of contract, the Employer will be notified by email/letter sent to home address to pay for the visa.

  1. The payment can be made by various means, such as the Faster Payment System (FPS)*, internet banking, the Payment by Phone Service (PPS) or automatic teller machines (ATMs), or in person at a post office or convenience store. The details are set out on the back of the letter requesting payment. Visa will be sent to the employer’s home address by post after payment is settled. 
  2. When the visa is received, the visa and/ or extension of stay label(s) should be properly stuck to the domestic helper’s passport. See the Instructions here for this.
  3. In case no correspondence address has been provided, the visa and/ extension of stay label(s) will be sent to the contractual address.
  4. Throughout the application process, the applicant or the employer need not attend any office of the ImmD to pay the visa fee or collect the visa label(s).

See the Smart Renewal Service here: https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/fdh/smartrenewal.html

Renewing with an Indonesian domestic helper

You can renew the contract with your Indonesian domestic helper without an agency. 

We can also handle the process for you if you’d prefer. See our Contract Renewal page for details.

The Indonesian Consulate introduced new requirements to contract renewal processing due to the pandemic. We will do our best to keep this guide updated but please note that the requirements are subject to change and the Consulate has the final decision on the document’s requirements. 

STEP 1: Pick up & sign the contracts

Employers or domestic helpers can pick up the contracts and supporting information from Hong Kong Immigration. You don’t need an appointment for this.

You will be given four copies of the contract. All four copies should be signed by the employer and domestic helper and should be completed identically. If there are any mistakes, sign next to the revision.

  • One copy each for:
    • the employer,
    • the domestic helper,
    • HK Immigration submission, and
    • Indonesian Consulate

You will need to find a public notary to sign as the witnesses of the employers and helpers.

STEP 2: Arrange Medical Exam for your Helper 

The Consulate requires domestic helpers to undergo 10 specific medical tests. Please contact the Consulate directly to obtain the list of tests required.

STEP 3: Document Submission for Contract Notarisation

Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Hong Kong

  • Address: 127-129 Leighton Road, 6-8 Keswick Street, Causeway Bay
  • Office hours: 9:30 am to 4:30 pm, Mondays to Fridays
  • Contact number: +85236510200

The Consulate may require the following documents to be submitted for contract notarisation:

  • 4 Copies of Original New Employment Contract 
  • HKID of the domestic helper 
  • Passport of the domestic helper 
  • HKID of the Employer
  • Current Original Employment Contract 
  • Original Medical Exam Results 
  • A letter from the domestic helper’s family about approving him/her to renew the contract 
  • A letter from the Employer mentioning that they are willing to renew the employment contract and all the basic employment rights from the previous contract have been fulfilled
  • Proof of medical Insurance purchased for the domestic helper

There is a fee (HK$388) for the contract notarisation service and you should reimburse your domestic helper for this. The notarisation may take up to 10 working days. You will need to pick up the notarised contract from the Consulate. 

STEP 4: Get supporting documents together for Hong Kong Immigration

  • COVID-19 Requirement: Employer must sign an undertaking indicates that employers will arrange for the COVID-19 test and hotel quarantine for their FDHs, and be responsible for the relevant costs when their FDHs are arriving on or after July 25, 2020. The undertaking can be downloaded from the website of ImmD or obtained free of charge from the Immigration Department Headquarters and Immigration Branch Offices.
  • One copy of the contract
  • Both yours and the domestic helper’s immigration application forms (forms ID988B and ID988A)
  • Employers also need to submit photocopies of:
    • HKID
    • Passport and visa (if not a permanent resident)
    • Proof of address if there’s been a change since last contract (See our article on What documents do I Need? For types of address proof)
    • Proof of employer’s financial position is not required provided that the employer’s average household income remains no less than HK$15,000 (for each domestic helper to be employed)
  • Domestic helpers also need to submit photocopies of:
    • HKID
    • Passport (original will be required for appointments and walk-in interviews)
    • Visa
    • Landing slip
    • Previous contract

For more on supporting documents, see our answer on: what documents do I need?

STEP 5: Submit documents to Hong Kong Immigration

Domestic helpers should submit the contract and supporting documents in one of the following ways:

If the domestic helper’s limit of stay is between 8 weeks to 10 days:

  • Submit the documents online via the Smart Renewal Service Portal
  • Drop-in or post to Foreign Domestic Helpers Section, 3F Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
  • You can also drop the documents into one of the other Immigration offices in East Kowloon, West Kowloon, Sha Tin, Fo Tan and Yuen Long.

If the domestic helper’s limit of stay is less than 10 days, then you must use the following ways:

  • Book an appointment online
  • Walk-in interview at Hong Kong Immigration Department (Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai)
  • NOTE: These options may not be available due to COVID-19 measures, instead a Drop Box may be available for documents: please check Immigration Department’s “Messages from Us” for latest update.

STEP 6: Processing & Visa release

Application for contract renewal with the same employer submitted by post, drop-in or online submission will usually be finalised within 10 working days after all documents have been submitted (you may be asked to submit more supporting documents along the way).

The visa will be released in the following ways depending on the submission method: 

  1. Online Smart Renewal Service: Employer will be notified by email/letter sent to home address to pay for the visa. The payment can be made by various means, such as the Faster Payment System (FPS)*, internet banking, the Payment by Phone Service (PPS) or automatic teller machines (ATMs), or in person at a post office or convenience store. The details are set out on the back of the letter requesting payment. Visa will be sent to the employer’s home address by post after payment is settled. 
    1. When the visa is received, the visa and/ or extension of stay label(s) should be properly stuck to the domestic helper’s passport. See the Instructions here for this.
    2. In case no correspondence address has been provided, the visa and/ extension of stay label(s) will be sent to the contractual address.
    3. Throughout the application process, the applicant or the employer need not attend any office of the ImmD to pay the visa fee or collect the visa label(s).
  2. In-person appointment: Visa will be released on the same day. 
  3. By post or drop box:  The employer will be notified by letter sent to the home address about the visa approval and the helper can pick up the visa with HKID and passport at the Immigration. 

NOTE: There may be several weeks delays to visa release due to COVID-19. Keep copies of documents and note down submission date for reference.

Renewing with a Filipino domestic helper

Renewing a domestic helper’s contract with the same employer (i.e. contract renewal) is pretty straightforward and can usually be completed in 3-4 working weeks. You can submit your contract renewal application up to eight weeks before the expiry of the existing contract.

The following steps are for renewing a Filipino domestic helper’s contract.

We can also handle the process for you if you’d prefer. See our Contract Renewal page for details.

STEP 1: Pick up & sign the contracts

Employers or domestic helpers can pick up the contracts and supporting information from Hong Kong Immigration. You don’t need an appointment for this.

You will be given four copies of the contract. All four copies should be signed by the employer and domestic helper and should be completed identically. If there are any mistakes, sign next to the revision.

  • One copy each for:
    • the employer,
    • the domestic helper,
    • HK Immigration submission, and
    • Submission at Philippine Overseas Labor Office

STEP 2: Get supporting documents together for Hong Kong Immigration

  • COVID-19 Requirement: Employer must sign an undertaking indicates that employers will arrange for the COVID-19 test and hotel quarantine for their FDHs, and be responsible for the relevant costs when their FDHs are arriving on or after July 25, 2020. The undertaking can be downloaded from the website of ImmD or obtained free of charge from the Immigration Department Headquarters and Immigration Branch Offices.
  • One copy of the contract
  • Both yours and the domestic helper’s immigration application forms (forms ID988B and ID988A)
  • Employers also need to submit photocopies of:
    • HKID
    • Passport and visa (if not a permanent resident)
    • Proof of address if there’s been a change since last contract (See our article on What documents do I Need? For types of address proof)
    • Proof of employer’s financial position is not required provided that the employer’s average household income remains no less than HK$15,000 (for each domestic helper to be employed)
  • Domestic helpers also need to submit photocopies of:
    • HKID
    • Passport (original will be required for appointments and walk-in interviews)
    • Visa
    • Landing slip
    • Previous contract

For more on supporting documents, see our answer on: what documents do I need?

STEP 3: Submit documents to Hong Kong Immigration

Domestic helpers should submit the contract and supporting documents in one of the following ways:

If the domestic helper’s limit of stay is between 8 weeks to 10 days:

  • Submit the documents online via the Smart Renewal Service Portal
  • Drop-in or post to Foreign Domestic Helpers Section, 3F Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai
  • You can also drop the documents into one of the other Immigration offices in East Kowloon, West Kowloon, Sha Tin, Fo Tan and Yuen Long.

If the domestic helper’s limit of stay is less than 10 days, then you must use the following ways:

  • Submit the documents online via the Smart Renewal Service Portal
  • Walk-in interview at Hong Kong Immigration Department (Immigration Tower, 7 Gloucester Road, Wan Chai)
  • NOTE: These options may not be available due to COVID-19 measures, instead a Drop Box may be available for documents: please check Immigration Department’s “Messages from Us” for latest update.

STEP 4: Processing & visa release

Application for contract renewal with the same employer submitted by post, drop-in or online submission will usually be finalised within 10 working days after all documents have been submitted (you may be asked to submit more supporting documents along the way).

The visa will be released in the following ways depending on the submission method: 

  1. Online Smart Renewal Service: Employer will be notified by email/letter sent to home address to pay for the visa. The payment can be made by various means, such as the Faster Payment System (FPS)*, internet banking, the Payment by Phone Service (PPS) or automatic teller machines (ATMs), or in person at a post office or convenience store. The details are set out on the back of the letter requesting payment. Visa will be sent to the employer’s home address by post after payment is settled. 
    1. When the visa is received, the visa and/ or extension of stay label(s) should be properly stuck to the domestic helper’s passport. See the Instructions here for this.
    2. In case no correspondence address has been provided, the visa and/ extension of stay label(s) will be sent to the contractual address.
    3. Throughout the application process, the applicant or the employer need not attend any office of the ImmD to pay the visa fee or collect the visa label(s).
  2. In-person appointment: Visa will be released on the same day. 
  3. By post or drop box:  The employer will be notified by letter sent to the home address about the visa approval and the helper can pick up the visa with HKID and passport at the Immigration.

STEP 5: Document Submission for Notarisation

Next, your domestic helper needs to submit two copies of the signed employment contracts to the Consulate of their native country for notarisation. There is a fee for this service and you should reimburse your domestic helper for this.

For Workers from the Philippines, these are the steps:

  • Attach the completed OFW Information Sheet (here) to the new Employment Contract with other supporting documents (see next point)
  • Documents for submission:
  • Go to Philippine Overseas Labor Office (POLO), located at:Office No.2. 29/F United Centre,
    No. 95 Queensway Admiralty, Hong Kong
    Hotline Numbers:
    POLO: 5529 1880
    OWWA: 6345 9324
  • To POLO, pay HK$196 OWWA Membership Fee and HK$80 Contract Notarisation/Verification Fee. Make sure to keep the original receipt! the OWWA Membership is important for the domestic helper’s future Overseas Employment Clearance (OEC) and needs to be renewed every time they change employers.

STEP 6: Pick up Notarised Documents

  • Processing takes about 6 -9 working days if all documents are submitted correctly. Bear in mind there may be delays during times of COVID-19.
  • Starting 11 October, verified contracts will be mailed back. See advisory: HERE
  • Then, the notarised documents (contracts) can be picked up at the Philippine Consulate, not POLO. 
    • Office No.2. 14/F United Centre,
      No. 95 Queensway Admiralty, Hong Kong
      Hotline Numbers:
      POLO: 5529 1880
      OWWA: 6345 9324
  • To pick up the notarised contracts, bring HKID and original receipt.

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Last updated on August 31st, 2021
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