Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

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Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

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Overview

This webpage aims at providing information to individuals who wish to come to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China (PRC) under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (the Scheme).

Scheme Objective

The Scheme is a quota-based entrant scheme. It seeks to attract highly skilled or talented persons to settle in Hong Kong in order to enhance Hong Kong's economic competitiveness. Successful applicants are not required to have secured an offer of local employment before their entry to Hong Kong for settlement. All applicants are required to fulfill a set of prerequisites before they can be awarded points under one of the two points-based tests, namely the General Points Test and Achievement-based Points Test, and compete for quota allocation with other applicants. Successful applicants under the Scheme may bring their spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 to Hong Kong provided that they are capable of supporting and accommodating their dependants on their own financial resources without relying on public assistance in Hong Kong.

Scope of the Scheme

The Scheme is not applicable to nationals of Afghanistan, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Nepal and Vietnam.

Selection Mechanism

Stage 1: Prerequisites

All applicants under the Scheme are required to fulfill a set of prerequisites before they can be awarded points under one of the two points-based tests under the Scheme.

Stage 2: Points-based test

Applicants who have met all the prerequisites may choose to be assessed either under the General Points Test or Achievement-based Points Test. There are five point-scoring factors under the General Points Test and one point-scoring factor under the Achievement-based Points Test.

A minimum passing mark is set under the General Points Test. Persons who choose the Achievement-based Points Test are advised to assess whether their credentials are adequate to meet the minimum passing mark before submitting an application.

Stage 3: Selection exercise

Selection exercises will be done on a regular basis for quota allocation to applicants. During each selection exercise, applicants who satisfy both the prerequisites and the minimum passing mark (under the General Points Test) or the one point-scoring factor (under the Achievement-based Points Test) will be ranked according to scores awarded. High scoring applications will be short-listed for further assessment. The Director of Immigration may seek advice from the Advisory Committee on Admission of Quality Migrants and Professionals (the Advisory Committee) on the assessment, point-scoring and allocation of quota under the Scheme. The Advisory Committee comprises official and non-official members appointed by the Chief Executive of the HKSAR. The Advisory Committee will consider the socio-economic needs of Hong Kong, the sectoral mix of candidates and other relevant factors, and recommend to the Director of Immigration how best to allocate available quota in each selection exercise. Meeting the minimum passing mark or high-scoring applications do not necessarily secure quota allotment. Results of each selection exercise will be published on the Immigration Department website. As it takes time to process applications, applicants may regard their applications as being under processing unless they receive a notification of refusal from the Immigration Department.

Stage 4: Approval-in-principle

Applicants who are allotted a quota in the selection exercise will be issued with an Approval-in-principle letter. Such applicants are required to come to Hong Kong to attend an interview in person and present originals of all documents submitted during the application to the Immigration Department for verification. They may enter Hong Kong on visitor conditions for this purpose. The issue of an Approval-in-principle letter to an applicant does not automatically guarantee approval of his/her entry to or remain in Hong Kong under the Scheme.

Stage 5: Issue of visa/entry permit

If all original documents are satisfactorily verified and all relevant application procedures are finalized, successful applicants will be issued with a visa/entry permit under the Scheme for staying in Hong Kong.

Prerequisites

All applicants must satisfy all of the following prerequisites:

  • Age
    The applicant must be aged 18 or above when lodging an application under the Scheme.
  • Financial requirement
    The applicant must be able to demonstrate that he/she is capable of supporting and accommodating himself/herself and his/her dependants, if any, on his/her own financial resources without relying on public assistance during his/her stay in Hong Kong.
  • Good character
    The applicant should not have any criminal record or adverse immigration record in Hong Kong or elsewhere.
  • Language proficiency
    The applicant should be proficient in written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese) or English.
  • Basic educational qualification
    The applicant must have a good education background, normally a first degree from a recognized university or a tertiary educational institution. In special circumstances, good technical qualifications, proven professional abilities and/or experience and achievements supported by documentary evidence may be considered.

If the applicant fails to provide satisfactory supporting documents showing that he/she meets all the above prerequisites, his/her application will not be processed further and will be refused immediately.

Important Notice

The Director of Immigration has absolute discretion to award points under the two points-based tests to applicants as the Director thinks fit and to approve or refuse any application without giving any reason. The Scheme or details of the Scheme may also be subject to change as the Director thinks fit without prior notice.

Entry of Dependants

Applicants under the Scheme may apply to bring in their spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 to Hong Kong under the prevailing dependant policy. Persons admitted or applying for admission under the Scheme will be the sponsor of his/her accompanying dependants to Hong Kong. The length of stay of such dependants will normally be linked to that of their sponsors.

Applicants under the Scheme are advised to submit dependant visa/entry permit applications for all accompanying family members together with their entry applications. If an applicant is claiming points on the basis of the educational level of the accompanying married spouse and/or the number of accompanying unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 under the General Points Test, he/she must submit dependant visa/entry permit applications for the accompanying family members concerned together with his/her application under the Scheme.

Applicants of dependant visa/entry permit should complete Application Form ID 997.

Applying

Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

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Application Forms

Before completing the application form, the applicant must read all parts of Quality Migrant Admission Scheme Guidance Notes (Guidance Notes) [ID(C) 982 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 982 (English version)] carefully. Applicants should complete Application Form ID(C) 981 (Chinese version) or ID(E) 981 (English version), which can be obtained from the following offices:

  1. Immigration Department Headquarters;
  2. Immigration Branch Offices;
  3. Overseas Chinese Diplomatic and Consular Missions; and
  4. HKSAR Government offices outside Hong Kong.

The forms can also be downloaded here.

Supporting Documents

Please refer to the checklist in Part III of the Guidance Notes

Entry of Dependants

Applicants under the Scheme may apply to bring in their spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 to Hong Kong under the prevailing dependant policy. Persons admitted or applying for admission under the Scheme will be the sponsor of his/her accompanying dependants to Hong Kong. The length of stay of such dependants will normally be linked to that of their sponsors.

Applicants under the Scheme are advised to submit dependant visa/entry permit applications for all accompanying family members together with their entry applications. If an applicant is claiming points on the basis of the educational level of the accompanying married spouse and/or the number of accompanying unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 under the General Points Test, he/she must submit dependant visa/entry permit applications for the accompanying family members concerned together with his/her application under the Scheme.

Applicants of a dependant visa/entry permit should complete Application Form ID 997.

Warning

Any person who knowingly and wilfully makes a statement or gives information which he/she knows to be false or does not believe to be true under or for the purpose of the Scheme shall be guilty of an offence under the Laws of Hong Kong and is liable to prosecution and subsequent removal from Hong Kong. His/her application may be refused, and any visa / entry permit / extension of stay so granted or issued to him/her and his/her dependants and any conditions of stay so imposed on him/her and his/her dependants may become null and void.

Submission of Application

Application forms and all supporting documents should be submitted by post or in person to:

Quality Migrants and Mainland Residents Section
Immigration Department
6/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong

Important Notice

The Director of Immigration has absolute discretion to award points under the two points-based tests to applicants as the Director thinks fit and to approve or refuse any application without giving any reason. The Scheme or details of the Scheme may also be subject to change as the Director thinks fit without prior notice.

Payment of Fee

Payment of fees should be made upon collection of the visa/entry permit in cash, by EPS or by cheque. The cheque should be crossed, made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region", properly dated and signed.

Fee table

After Applying

Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

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Online/24-hour Telephone Enquiry on Application Status

Once the receipt of application has been acknowledged, applicants can enquire the application status here or through the 24-hour telephone enquiry system at (852) 3160 8663.

Payment of Fee

Payment of fees should be made upon collection of the visa/entry permit in cash, by EPS or by cheque. The cheque should be crossed, made payable to "The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region", properly dated and signed.

Fee table

Entry Arrangement

Applicants who are allotted a quota in the selection exercise will be issued with an Approval-in-principle letter through which they are invited to come to Hong Kong to attend an interview in person and submit the original of a certificate of no criminal conviction, or the equivalent, from each country/territory where he/she has lived in for 12 months or longer in the 10 years immediately before the issuing date of the "Approval-in-principle" letter, and produce originals of all documents submitted during the application to the Immigration Department for verification. In addition to the above, an applicant who is a resident in the Mainland of China, including those who are currently residing in Hong Kong or Macao on a temporary basis, must submit a letter of consent from his/her present working unit or relevant Mainland authorities where his/her records are kept, agreeing to release him/her to reside in Hong Kong. A sample of this letter of consent will be sent to the Mainland applicant together with the Approval-in-principle letter. Dependants of an applicant are not required to come to Hong Kong to attend the interview.

An Approval-in-principle is not a formal approval of a visa/entry permit under the Scheme. An applicant must fully satisfy the Immigration Department that all statements made or information provided during the application are true and complete before a formal approval could be granted.

After formal approval is granted, the applicant and his/her dependants, if any, will be issued with a visa/entry permit for staying in Hong Kong under the Scheme.

A Hong Kong resident who has previously entered Hong Kong pursuant to any immigration policy or scheme (including, but not limited to, the General Employment Policy and the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals) and is subject to a condition/conditions of stay in Hong Kong may only apply under the Scheme on condition that his/her application will be assessed on the basis that the applicant, his/her spouse and dependent children (if any), are regarded as fresh entrants not having the right to enter and remain in Hong Kong. Upon formal approval, the applicant will be issued with a visa/entry permit under the Scheme.

A Chinese resident of the Mainland of China, including those who are currently residing in Hong Kong or Macao on a temporary basis, is required to obtain an Exit/entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (EEP) and a relevant exit endorsement before coming to Hong Kong for residence under the Scheme if his/her application is approved.

An overseas Chinese national holding a PRC passport who submits an application from overseas and who has obtained overseas permanent residence or who has been residing overseas for at least one year immediately before submission of the application ("overseas" means places outside the Mainland, the HKSAR and the Macao SAR) may apply to come to Hong Kong for residence under the Scheme on strength of his/her valid PRC passport. The EEP and relevant exit endorsement mentioned in the above paragraph are not required for the purpose of entering Hong Kong under the Scheme in respect of the above mentioned overseas Chinese national.

The visa/entry permit label issued should be affixed onto a blank visa page of the applicant’s valid travel document for presentation to an immigration officer upon arrival in Hong Kong. For a resident of the Mainland of China whose EEP bearing the relevant exit endorsement is an electronic EEP, it should be presented together with the entry permit label for immigration arrival clearance.

Extension of Stay

Persons and their dependants admitted under the Scheme are subject to a limit of stay during their stay in Hong Kong until they acquire the permanent resident status under Hong Kong laws. They are required to apply for extension of stay within four weeks before their limit of stay expires if they intend to continue their residence in Hong Kong. Applications for extension of stay, together with supporting documents, should be submitted to the address listed below:

Quality Migrants and Mainland Residents Section
Immigration Department
6/F, Immigration Tower,
7 Gloucester Road,
Wan Chai, Hong Kong.

For persons admitted through the General Points Test under the Scheme

Person admitted through the General Points Test under the Scheme will normally be granted an initial stay of 24 months on time limitation only without other conditions of stay upon entry. To obtain an extension of stay at the end of the first 24-month period, a person admitted through the General Points Test under the Scheme is required to provide evidence demonstrating to the satisfaction of the Immigration Department that he/she has taken steps to settle in Hong Kong by taking up residence here, e.g. by securing gainful employment or establishing a business. To be eligible for further extension of stay, a person admitted through the General Points Test under the Scheme is required to provide evidence demonstrating to the satisfaction of the Immigration Department that:

  1. he/she has settled in Hong Kong; and
  2. he/she has made contribution to Hong Kong, such as engaging in graduate, specialist or senior level gainful employment or establishing a business of a reasonable size in Hong Kong.

Extensions of stay, if approved, will normally follow the 3-3 years pattern on time limitation only without other conditions of stay.

If a person admitted through the General Points Test under the Scheme has been permitted to remain in Hong Kong for not less than two years and he/she has an assessable income for salaries tax of not less than HK$2 million in the previous year of tax assessment, an extension of stay on time limitation only without other conditions of stay for a period of six years may normally be granted. The applicant is required to provide documentary proof of the income level, e.g. notice of salaries tax assessment of the previous tax assessment year issued by the Inland Revenue Department or relevant tax documents.

For persons admitted through the Achievement-based Points Test under the Scheme

Persons admitted through the Achievement-based Points Test under the Scheme will normally be granted a stay of eight years on time limitation only without other conditions of stay upon entry. Should an extension of stay be required, the applicant shall demonstrate that he/she is capable of supporting and accommodating himself/herself and his/her dependants, if any, on his/her own financial resources during his/her stay in Hong Kong.

Upon completion of a continuous period of ordinary residence in Hong Kong for not less than seven years, the admitted person and/or his/her dependants under the Scheme may apply for the right of abode in Hong Kong in accordance with the law. For more information about the right of abode, please refer to the booklet "Right of Abode in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region", contact the Immigration Enquiries Hotline at (852)2824 6111, by fax at (852)2877 7711, or by email to enquiry@immd.gov.hk.

Further information can be found here.