Hongkong Special Administrative Region of China (HKSAR) is the official name of
Hongkong (H.K.). Located in the east of Pearl River Estuary, Hongkong is an autonomous
country and do not follow ‘one country, one rule’ principle. H.K. has a rich set of deep
natural harbor and an expansive skyline. It is the third biggest financial hub after London
and New York. Hongkong is the most sought after destination for experienced and qualified
people of India since it already has a diverse Indian diaspora settled there. About 10% of
restaurants in H.K. are operated by Indians. H.K. has world-class transportation,
communication and logistical facilitates. Kowloon, Tseun Wan, Sha Tin, Tai Po, etc. are
some of the largest cities of HK.
Hongkong is a country where ‘East truly meets West’. It is one of the four Asian tiger nations. HK’s immigration requirements are designed as per the developmental requirement of this autonomous region. HKSAR aims to have an influx of quality immigrants than quantity immigrants that is why Hongkong keeps updating its immigration policies at periodic intervals.
Benefits of immigrating to H.K.:Stable and Advanced Economy.
Hongkong has two visa pathways via which one can acquire a work visa for HKSAR (Hongkong Special Administrative Region):a) General Employment Program (GEP)
GEP program is listed under General Employment policy of Hongkong. It is a non-sector specific and a quota-free employment pathway to Hongkong. This scheme is mainly designed to address labor shortage in some industries in Hongkong. One can make a visa application under GEP with:Non-objectionable credentials.
Qualified Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) is a quota based and point based migration scheme for rightly skilled, educated and qualified immigrants. It was launched in 2006 and it allows trained emigrants with an authentic employment offer to work in Hongkong. Applicants of QMAS can also settle permanently after a certain period of time.Eligibility Requirements:
There are two types of visa available for students or prospective students:a) Study Visa
An application for Hongkong student visa can be made if-One is admitted to a private school registered under the Education Ordinance (Cap. 729) or Post-Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320); OR one takes up studies in a full-time, locally accredited post-secondary or post-graduate program; OR the applicant is admitted to an exchange full-time program locally accredited program for not more than 6 months or not more than a year as an under-graduate or above level.
IANG provides a perfect opportunity to students who are studying or have passed out from Hongkong educational institutions. Students who have completed or are doing a full-time under-graduation or higher qualification program from a locally accredited HKSAR educational institution, one can apply to remain/return to Hongkong via IANG visa. IANG allows one to stay and work in Hongkong after their studies. Your case may fall into one of the two cases-
Under IANG one can change his/her employment too during their period of stay without any need of approval from the Department of Immigration.Start Your Free Visa Assessment
Investor and Entrepreneurs can apply for a Hongkong investor or business visa under General Employment Policy and Capital Investment Entrant Scheme of HKSAR.
Application for Hongkong visa entry under General Employment Program as an investor or entrepreneur can be made, if:The applicant has good moral character (non-objectionable credentials, etc.).
Visa pathway of the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme was suspended in January 2015 until further notice by HKSAR government.
Generally, one can apply under the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme if:Applicant is above 80 years of age.
One can apply for a visitor or transit visa at HKSAR Immigration department if they are planning to visit Hongkong on a business/ tourism/ social/ leisure visit.Eligibility:
A Hongkong permanent resident or a resident who does not have a limit on his/her stay in Hongkong can sponsor their spouse or children below 18 years of age and parents of 60 years of age or above to Hongkong.Sponsors with limited period of stay:
For those who have come to Hongkong for the purposes of employment or studies (like under GEP, QMAS, IANG or Study Visa) for a limited period of time can bring their spouse or children below 18 years of age to Hongkong.
Dependents should have a clean record and sponsors should be able to establish a genuine proof of relationship with the dependent. Unless taken prior permission from the Department of Immigration, dependents of sponsors with a limited period of stay cannot take up work in Hongkong and hence should be financed by their sponsors. But they are allowed to take up studies in Hongkong.