Non-local Research Postgraduates
Policy & Legal Matters: Non-local Research Postgraduates
The restriction in respect of internship and part-time employment for non-local students has been relaxed from the 2008/09 academic year onwards.
Eligible students will be notified of the relaxation individually by a “No Objection Letter” (NOL) upon approval of entry and extension of stay applications. The NOL will spell out the type(s) and conditions of employment which the student may take up. See sample NOLs (1) (2) .
Non-local students of full-time degree programmes 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
There is no restriction on the nature of work, level of salary, location, number of working hours and employers. Click here for more information.
For study programme which has not allowed study/curriculum-related internship, students are normally not approved to take up internship. By special approval of your Principal Supervisor, students should complete the following and submit the applications to the Graduate School:
- obtain your Principal Supervisor’s consent for you to take up an internship;
- make a copy of your employment letter;
- ask your Principal Supervisor to indicate endorsement, with reasons, on the employment letter which has to be passed to the Department Head and the Faculty Dean for further endorsement;
- bring the endorsed employment offer letter to the Graduate School (Level 9, Academic and Administration Building, Baptist University Road Campus);
- Graduate School will seek the approval from Immigration Department for you to take up the internship. Upon getting Immigration Department’s “No-Objection-Letter” (NOL), Graduate School will inform you to come to Graduate School counter to collect the NOL. You are responsible to show your employer the NOL as a proof from Immigration Department for you to take up internship in Hong Kong.
Programme has NOT allowed internship
Non-local students of full-time locally-accredited programmes at degree level or above whose study period is not less than one academic year (excluding exchange students) are allowed to take up employment during the summer months (1 June – 31 August, both days inclusive) without any limit in relation to work hours and location within their study period.
Part-time on campus employment
Non-local students of full-time locally-accredited programmes at degree level or above whose study period is not less than one academic year (excluding exchange students) are allowed to take up part-time on campus employment for not more than 20 hours per week throughout the year.
The employment must take place within the campus of the university (including only the campus of the university which the non-local student is enrolling, and excluding the campus of any subsidiary and associated body of the relevant university proper or its self-financing arms) where the non-local student is studying or, if the work location is outside campus of the university, the employer is the university itself.
Students will not be allowed to roll-over unused hours from one week to another; a week refers to a period of seven days from Sunday to Saturday.
*According to University Guidelines, students are strongly advised not to take part-time on campus employment for over 12 hours per week.
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Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG)
Non-local graduates who submit applications to the Immigration Department within six months after the date of their graduation (i.e. the date shown on their graduation certificates) are classified as non-local fresh graduates.
Fresh graduates may be granted 12 months’ stay on time limitation without other conditions of stay provided that normal immigration requirements are met. Click here to view for further details.
In early July every year, Academic Registry will give all graduates a copy of academic records by post to your Mainland home address. You can use it as a proof of graduation from the University when you apply to the Immigration Department for extension of stay.
In the event that you have lost this transcript of academic records, you may apply to the Academic Registry for a testimonial or an academic transcript (student copy) to serve as a proof of graduation.