Application for Internship Approval
For Mainland Students

Important Notes

  • Mainland students who do not have a valid NOL allowing them to take up internship should seek approval from Hong Kong Immigration Department (ImmD).
    *Non-local students with nationalities other than China, research postgraduate students, or Chinese nationals with residency in overseas, should seek advice from the Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS) via email at
  • According to the policies from the ImmD, non-local students of full-time local programmes at degree level or above and whose study period is not less than one academic year may take up internship subject to the following conditions:
    • The internships must be study/curriculum-related and be arranged or endorsed by the institutions they are studying in; and
    • The duration of the internship is up to one academic year, or one-third of the normal duration of the relevant full-time academic programme, whichever is the shorter.
  • Students who have already fulfilled all graduation requirements of the study programme are not allowed to take up internship. In addition, students of short term visiting programmes, summer programmes and exchange programmes (with study period less than one academic year) are not allowed to take up internship, part-time employment and summer employment.
  • Application must be completed in advance before the internship employment starts.
  • To submit an application for internship approval, applicants should register a new account via a Online Visa Application System and must fulfill the application requirements as set out. An applicant is able to check their application progress in the online application system. Please Click Here to download the user guide of the System.
  • The NOL allowing the applicant to take up study-related internship will normally be valid for one year. After the expiry of the existing one, applicants can apply again, if necessary, through the online visa application system for a new NOL.

Application Procedure

Processing Time

It will normally take 4 to 6 weeks for the whole application process. Application must be completed in advance before the internship employment starts.

List of Documents Required

  • Application for Internship Appointment (Download Here);
  • A photocopy of supporting letter from Faculty;
    • The supporting letter should prove your internship is study related and will not affect your study.
  • A photocopy of latest NOL;
  • A photocopy of employment contract from employed company;
    • The photocopies of the employment contract must include the following details:
      (1) Applicant's name
      (2) Job title and description
      (3) Working period : DD/MM/YYYY to DD/MM/YYYY
      (4) Working schedule: e.g. 9:00 - 18:00, Monday to Friday
      (5) Work location and contact phone numbers of the company
      (6) Salary and allowance offered by the company
      (7) Endorsement by both employer and employee
  • A photocopy of Hong Kong Identity Card;
  • A photocopy of HKU Student Card;
  • A photocopy of your “Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao” (EEP)【因私《往来港澳通行证》】
    • The photocopies of EEP must include the following three items: (1) Personal Particulars, (2) Visa/Entry permit label, and (3) Latest landing slip from ImmD stating that you are permitted to stay in HK as a student until DD/MM/YYYY

*If you are unable to provide a photocopy of HKID/UID/EEP, because you did not make application before, have damaged it, lost it etc, you should provide a Declaration of Missing Document (Download Here)

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Last update: 27 April, 2015