Visa Requirement

A valid student visa with GIA Hong Kong as the institute name is required for full-time On Campus programs including Graduate Gemologist, Graduate Diamonds and Graduate Colored Stones. Applicants who enter Hong Kong under another visa type, such as a visitor or work visa, cannot attend GIA’s full-time On Campus programs. International students have the responsibility to check all the immigration criteria for the student visa application before applying for full-time On Campus programs. For details, please go to Hong Kong Immigration Department website.

Local sponsorship as required in Form ID 995B is necessary for student visa application under Hong Kong immigration rules and regulations. GIA Hong Kong does not sponsor students. Students have the responsibility for their own local sponsorship. Student visa application is not applicable to students from certain countries listed from Hong Kong Immigration Department website.

Once GIA receives all of the required admissions documents, you will receive a Letter of Acceptance which you can use to apply for your visa. If your visa application is unsuccessful, payment received will be fully refunded. GIA Hong Kong is not responsible for any issues that might arise from the student visa application process.