Notwithstanding the recent demonstrations that have shaken the government due to the proposal of a new law regarding extradition cases in the country, other government initiatives such as the Hong Kong Smart ID Card replacement scheme is expected to push through starting this month.
With this, all eligible residents are expected to take part in the scheme as per the schedule announced by the government. This includes domestic workers in the country, which comprise approximately 4% of the country’s total population.
Residents Born in 1964 & 1965 Urged to Replace HK Smart Identity Card
In regard to the smart ID card replacement initiative, the Hong Kong government has announced that it will be the turn of those born in 1964 and 1965 to replace their Hong Kong ID starting July 27 (Saturday) to September 23 (Monday) at Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres all over Hong Kong, as shared in a report by the Sun HK.
According to the Immigration Department, the initiative, which will be on its 5th phase to cover those who are 54 and 55 years old, includes not just residents but also foreign domestic helpers.
In order to make it more convenient for applicants, the Immigration Department has introduced a mobile phone app that enables people to make prior appointment and prefill the application form online so they can finish the process faster when they visit the card replacement centres.
Aside from making the ID application process easier, the Immigration Department Mobile Application also requires the following information:
- Appointment Booking.
- Application Services.
- Form Filling for application of Hong Kong Identity Cards.
- Land Boundary Control Points.
- My Tag Status.
- Application Status Enquiry.
- Submissions of Documents.
- Other Services; and
- Easy Access YouTube
The island-wide exercise covers all Hong Kong residents, who should personally apply for new smart identity cards at Smart Identity Card Replacement Centres during their specified periods, whether they are permanent residents or non-permanent residents taking up employment, investment, residence or study in Hong Kong. Employers of foreign domestic helpers should also arrange for their helpers to apply for the new identity cards as scheduled for the latter’s specified periods.
Eligible applicants may make appointment bookings online, or via the ImmD mobile application or the 24-hour telephone booking hotline 2121 1234.
You may download the Smart App using these links:
For Android phones: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?=hk.gov.immd.mobileapps