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Special cases: How do I process a domestic helper visa without an agency?

There are certain circumstances where you can apply for a domestic helper visa without an agency. All domestic helpers who are terminated prematurely should leave Hong Kong within 14 days of termination. However, there are some circumstances under which Hong Kong Immigration may treat the case as a “special case”.  In these cases, the domestic helper can process locally in Hong Kong without returning home.

Although there is no written guidance on this, in our experience, domestic helpers who are leaving one of the following situations may be treated as a “special case”:

  • their employer died
  • their employer relocated outside of Hong Kong
  • their employer entered a period of financial difficulty

If this is the case, you may be able to process the domestic helper visa without an agency. But we are also happy to take care of this for you. We will help prepare the documents, make the submissions, and keep you in the loop of all the important updates. No hidden fees, and we never charge fees to workers. See our pricing and what’s included HERE. To get started, just fill up our form and we will get back to you.

This article has been updated to reflect the changes to the process announced by the Philippine Overseas Labour Office (POLO) announced on 3 August.

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Last updated on September 17th, 2020
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