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Hong Kong Work Visa Application
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Hong Kong Work Visa


Hong Kong is an excellent destination if you wish to live and work in another country. Companies opening an office in Hong Kong and those already trading here attract many foreign workers. Hence, the Immigration authorities tend to exercise some discretion in awarding approvals for a Hong Kong visa. Many visitors holding a foreign passport can enjoy a Visa-free visit of 14 to 180 days, but visitors are not allowed by law to take up employment (paid or unpaid), to establish or join in any business, or to enter school as a student. Before coming into Hong Kong, it is best to enquire from the embassy as to whether there is a visa waiver for the nationality concerned.


Before you can apply for a Hong Kong work visa, you need to obtain an offer of work from a company in Hong Kong. This, ideally, should be done before you move to Hong Kong. This however, is not always practical and while the Hong Kong Immigration Service says you should not move to Hong Kong before obtaining a work visa, they know that this is not always possible and that people need to be in Hong Kong to job search. If you obtain work while already in Hong Kong, you can apply for a work visa and the Immigration Service will rarely ask questions. You will have to leave and re-enter Hong Kong to activate the visa.


Once you have obtained a job offer, your company will work with you in applying for a Hong Kong visa and while most applications are accepted, a significant number are rejected. Whilst there are no documented qualifying criteria, when considering an application, the Immigration Department will usually examine several key areas:


1. Applicants need to have a graduate degree, unless they have considerable technical experience in a certain area.

2. Relevant experience that is deemed to be in short supply in Hong Kong.

3. The salary offered should meet local professional standards. (the bottom threshold for this is generally considered HK$20,000)

4. How the expatriate can benefit the locals (e.g. training, impartation of knowledge).

5. How beneficial the individual is to Hong Kong’s economy, trade and industry.

6. That a local or resident worker could not fill the position.


The Hong Kong Immigration Service is an extremely professional organisation and work visa applications generally take between 7 and 8 weeks, although there can be considerable delays, if they need to make further enquires.


If granted, the visa is typically granted for a period of 6 months and above. In addition to a valid visa, all residents must obtain Hong Kong identity cards, which they must have on them at all times.


Training Visa


A detailed training program must accompany an application for a Training Visa, which is usually valid for a period of up to 12 months.


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