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Hongkong overview

Hong Kong is an attractive destination if you wish to immigrate and work in another country. If you possess the right combination of qualifications and professional experience, you may be eligible for a work visa to Hongkong. Unlike the some other countries, Hong Kong has no quota on the number of people who can live and work in Hong Kong as a skilled migrant.

  1. Hongkong overview
  2. Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)
  3. Basic eligibility criteria
  4. Point Based test
  5. Occupation list

Hongkong is a free economy with almost negligible tax rates which makes it an attractive business destination. Country's residency status can be acquired much easier after a stay of few months only. There are many benefits extended to the residents which facilitates a comfortable living including education for children.

Hongkong has a vibrant economy and numerous attractive choices are available for applicant possessing appropriate expertise and skills . For such applicants the Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission scheme is an attractive option. Businessmen and investors have the option to immigrate to Hong Kong under the Hong Kong's Capital Investment Entrant Scheme. The other possibilities available to obtain a visa are the General Employment Policy (GEP) Program (for trained manpower with an offer of employment), & the General Points Test (GPT).

General Employment Policy

If you wish to immigrate to Hong Kong as a skilled migrant and possess the right qualifications, skills and experience for which Hong Kong desires, you may be eligible to obtain a visa under the GEP. You must have a confirmed offer of employment when applying and the vacancy must be in an occupation relevant to your skills and qualifications. It should also be an occupation that cannot be easily filled by local labor. You must not have a criminal record or otherwise represent a security risk.

General Points Test (GPT)

This is a points-based arrangement under which, the visa-petitions of the candidates are examined against a combination of requirements such as age, language skills, academic credentials, as well as job-experience. Under this scheme, it’s not mandatory to have an offer of employment from a Hongkong Employer. The candidates require a minimum score 80 points, under the GPT test to qualify for the visa, which is subject to change at times.

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Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) is a points-based immigration system in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China which was first announced in February 2006. This scheme focuses on skilled individuals and entrepreneurs who aspire to pursue a professional career in Hongkong or establish a business there. Under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme the Candidates must satisfy a number of points-based prerequisites within the quota parameters.

Basic eligibility criteria

  1. Age: Applicants must be aged between 18 and 50
  2. Financial Requirement: Applicants must be able to demonstrate that they are capable of supporting and accommodating themselves and their dependants, if any, on their own without relying on public assistance during their stay in Hong Kong;
  3. Good Character: Applicants must meet normal immigration and security requirements. They should not have any criminal or adverse immigration record in Hong Kong or elsewhere;
  4. Language Proficiency: Applicants must be proficient in Chinese (Mandarin or Cantonese) or English, Applicants with a score of average of 6.0 in IELTS are eligible to apply under QMAS.;
  5. Educational Qualification: Applicants must have a good education background, normally an applicant should have an undergraduate degree, earned from a recognized university/institution in first class.. In special circumstances, good technical qualifications, proven professional abilities and/or experience and achievements supported by documentary evidence may be considered.

Point based test

Applicants meeting the basic eligibility criteria as mentioned above must meet the minimum pass mark requirements of 80 points under General Points Based Test OR Achievement Points Based Test. The minimum pass mark is subject to change without notice.

General Points Based Test is based on

  • Age
  • Academic Qualifications
  • Work Experience
  • Language Proficiency
  • Family Background

Achievement Based Points Test

  • For those with Exceptional Talent,
  • For those with Outstanding Skills
  • For those who have won state / national / international awards
  • For those who have made a significant contribution to their field

Occupation List

Sector: Academic Research and Education

  • Nurseries
  • Tertiary Education
  • Academic Research

Sector: Architecture, Surveying, Engineering and Construction

  • Landscaping,
  • Architecture,
  • Surveying,
  • Civil Engineering
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Structural Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering

Sector: Arts and Culture

  • Performing Arts,
  • Fine Arts,
  • Museums,
  • Libraries,
  • Photography

Sector: Broadcasting and Entertainment

  • Broadcasting & Programming,
  • Motion Picture, Video
  • Television Program
  • Production,
  • Sound Record
  • Music
  • Publishing

Sector: Business Support and Human Resources

  • Business Consulting,
  • Company Secretary,
  • Administrative Support,
  • Human Resources Management,
  • Recruitment Services,
  • Public Relations Services,
  • Advertising,
  • Information Services

Sector: Catering and Tourism

  • Bars,
  • Restaurants,
  • Hotels,
  • Travel Agencies

Sector: Commerce and Trade

  • Import & Export,
  • Retail,
  • Wholesalev

Sector: Financial and Accounting Services

  • Accountancy,
  • Banking,
  • Insurance,
  • Securities,
  • Investment Banking

Sector: Human Health and Veterinary Services

  • Western Medicine,
  • Chinese Medicine,
  • Dental Services,
  • Medical Technologists,
  • Occupational Therapists,
  • Nurses,
  • Veterinary Services

Sector: Information Technology and Telecommunications

  • IT Consultancy
  • Wireline or Wireless Communications

Sector: Legal Services

  • Legal Practice

Sector: Logistics and Transportation

  • Logistics,
  • Air Transport,
  • Sea Transport,
  • Land Transport

Sector: Manufacturing Industries

  • Electrical,
  • Electronics,
  • Food & Beverages,
  • Chemical,
  • Metals,
  • Toys,
  • Textiles,
  • Watches,
  • Jewelry
  • Printing & Publishing
  • Sports Activities


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