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HK to extend expiring FDH contracts until May 31

05 February 2020

By The SUN

Stranded Filipino migrant workers checking flight information in Manila airport
Hong Kong has announced that it will allow foreign domestic worker contracts that are expiring to be extended by up to more than three months, or until May 31 this year.

The move was taken in response to the failure of hundreds of Filipino domestic workers to return to Hong Kong as a result of travel restrictions imposed by the Philippines starting Feb. 2 amid the coronavirus outbreak.

Starting Feb. 4, all FDH contracts expiring on or before Mar 31 will be extended up to May 31 based on mutual agreement by the employer and the helper, a government  statement said.

The flexibility arrangement is aimed at helping employers whose contracts with their FDHs are due to expire soon, but the replacement helper cannot fly in because of the Philippines’ temporary ban.

The statement said employers in need may apply directly to the Immigration Department for their helpers’ extension of stay on or before Mar 31. Upon receiving the applications, Immigration will process them in accordance with established procedures and policies.

Under current practice the standard employment contract may be extended by not more than one month by mutual agreement between the employer and the helper, with approval from the Director of Immigration. Longer periods need the consent of the Commissioner for Labour.
 “We hope that the flexibility arrangement can help the families affected by the situation so that they can continue to retain their current FDHs temporarily while waiting for the new FDHs that they hired or intend to hire to report for duty upon the lifting of the ban by the Philippine government,” a government spokesman said.

Applications may be submitted directly during office hours or by post to the Foreign Domestic Helpers Section at Immigration Tower in Wan Chai, along with the following required documents:

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·         Visa/Extension of Stay Application Form for Domestic Helper from Abroad (ID 988A) completed and signed by the FDH;
·         The current SEC, or ID 407 (copy only if applying by post), kept by the employer and the helper with an amendment clause on extending the period of employment duly signed by both parties at the end of page 4;
·         A supporting letter signed by the employer stating the reasons for extending the period of employment;
·         The helper’s travel document (copy only if applying by post); and
·         A visa fee of $230.


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