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Guide to Hong Kong Immigration and Work Visas

Updated: Jul 13

Guide to Hong Kong Immigration and Work Visas

Hong Kong, a cosmopolitan city in China, offers various opportunities for international professionals. If you're looking to work in Hong Kong, you'll likely need a visa or entry permit. The Immigration Department of Hong Kong [Hong Kong Immigration Department] provides information on the various schemes and application procedures.

Do you need a visa?

In general, unless you have the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong, you'll require a visa or entry permit to work, study, establish or join in any business, take up residence or to stay in Hong Kong for longer than the allowed visa-free period.

Types of Work Visas

There are various work visas available in Hong Kong, each with its eligibility criteria and application process. Here are some of the most common ones:

  • General Employment Policy (GEP): This is a popular option for professionals with qualifications and experience in a specific field. The GEP allows you to work in Hong Kong for an initial period of 36 months, subject to renewal.

  • Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS): This scheme is designed to attract talented individuals to work in Hong Kong's innovation and technology sectors. The TTAS offers a two-year visa with the possibility of renewal.

  • Working Holiday Scheme: If you're aged between 18 and 30 and hold a passport from a participating country, you can apply for a Working Holiday visa to work and travel in Hong Kong for up to one year.

How to Apply for a Work Visa

The application process for a Hong Kong work visa can vary depending on the specific scheme you're applying under. However, the general steps typically involve:

  1. Understanding the eligibility criteria: Make sure you meet the requirements for the chosen visa scheme.

  2. Collecting the necessary documents: This may include your passport, a completed application form, proof of qualifications and work experience, a letter of employment from your Hong Kong employer, and other supporting documents.

  3. Submitting your application: You can submit your application online or in person at a Hong Kong Immigration Department office.

  4. Paying the application fee: The fee varies depending on the visa scheme.

Additional Resources

  • Hong Kong Immigration Department [Hong Kong Immigration Department]

  • Working, Study and other Visa Requirements [Hong Kong Working Holiday Scheme]

It's advisable to consult with an immigration professional or your potential employer in Hong Kong for guidance on the most suitable visa option for your situation and assistance with the application process.

How Bestar can Help

Guide to Hong Kong Immigration and Work Visas

Here's how Bestar can help you with your Hong Kong work visa:

Streamlining the Process:

  • Choosing the Right Visa: Bestar has in-depth knowledge of the various work visa options in Hong Kong (including lesser-known schemes) and can assess your situation to recommend the visa with the highest chance of approval.

  • Completing the Application:  We can ensure your application is complete, accurate, and adheres to all the specific requirements, avoiding delays or rejections due to missing information.

Expertise and Guidance:

  • Navigating Complexities:  The application process can involve complexities, especially for schemes with quotas or stricter criteria. Immigration professionals can guide you through these complexities and ensure you meet all the necessary benchmarks.

  • Understanding Eligibility: We can clarify any doubts you have about eligibility requirements and explain them in a clear and concise manner.

Increased Chances of Success:

  • Stronger Application:  Bestar can help present your qualifications and experience in the most compelling way possible, strengthening your application and increasing its chances of approval.

  • Dealing with the Department:  We can handle communication with the Hong Kong Immigration Department on your behalf, ensuring timely responses and addressing any inquiries they may have.

Additional Support:

  • Appeal Process:  In case of an application rejection, we can advise you on the appeal process and guide you through it.

  • Future Considerations:  We can provide insights on future visa applications, such as extensions or permanent residency options.

Bestar's services can save you time, stress, and potentially money in the long run by avoiding application rejections and delays.

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