Patrick Nip visits Immigration Dept

October 29, 2020

Secretary for the Civil Service Patrick Nip today visited the Immigration Department to learn more about its work.


Mr Nip first met Director of Immigration Au Ka-wang and directorate staff for an update on the department’s work in immigration control, visa policies, issuance of travel documents and law enforcement, as well as the challenges it faces.


At the Travel Document Personalisation Centre, he learnt about the production process for Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports.


Mr Nip said he was pleased to learn that the department launched the Next Generation Electronic Passport System in May last year, adopting the latest technology and advanced security features in the production of the new electronic Hong Kong SAR passport.


Currently, 167 countries and territories have granted visa-free access or visa-on-arrival to Hong Kong SAR passport holders.


Mr Nip also visited the Travel Documents & Nationality (Application) Section and the Travel Documents (Issue) Section to find out more about the department’s efforts to make use of enhanced technology to further improve the application procedures of travel documents.


He noted the Passport Collection Kiosk will be put into service soon to offer greater convenience for the public and enhance the department's work efficiency and service quality.


Concluding the visit, Mr Nip met staff representatives of various grades and expressed appreciation for their devotion and commitment to cope with challenges during the epidemic.


He encouraged them to continue to do their utmost to serve the public.

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