(i) the applicant is in a position to make substantial contribution to the economy of the HKSAR, with consideration factors including, but not limited to, business plan, business turnover, financial resources, investment sum, number of jobs created locally, and introduction of new technology or skills.
(ii) an applicant who wishes to establish or join in a start-up business may also submit an application. The Immigration Department may consider the application favourably, if the start-up business concerned is supported by a government-backed programme with a rigorous vetting and selection process, and the applicant is the proprietor or partner of the start-up company or a key researcher of the relevant project. Examples of government-backed programmes include:
|(1)||StartmeupHK Venture Programme administered by InvestHK;|
|(2)||Incu-App, Incu-Bio and Incu-Tech programmes administered by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation;|
|(3)||Cyberport Incubation Programme;|
|(4)||Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme and Enterprise Support Scheme administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission; and|
|(5)||Design Incubation Programme administered by the Hong Kong Design Centre.|
Non-local students refer to persons entering the HKSAR for the purpose of education with a student visa/entry permit issued by the Director of Immigration.
Local programmes refer to those programmes leading to degrees awarded by local degree-awarding institutions, whereas non-local programmes refer to those programmes leading to degrees awarded solely by non-local institutions, irrespective of whether the programmes are jointly run by local and non-local institutions.
|Hungary||200 (the scheme is scheduled to come into effect in 2018)|
|Korea (Republic of)||1,000|
|Sweden||500 (the scheme will be implemented on 1 January 2018)|
An application for a working holiday visa from a national of a participating country may be favourably considered if the following criteria are met:
For the purpose of the Scheme, “overseas” means countries/territories outside the Mainland, the HKSAR, the Macao SAR and Taiwan.
The Government has announced that the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme would be suspended with effect from 15 January 2015 until further notice. The Immigration Department will continue to process applications received on or before 14 January 2015, whether already approved (including approval-in-principle and formal approval) or still being processed. For details and FAQs, please click here.
With effect from 15 January 2015, the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme has been suspended until further notice.