Visas

Overview
 20172018
(Jan - Sep)
Entry Visas processed 258 043 205 370
Visit Visas processed 74 075 57 652
Visit Permits for Taiwan residents processed 121 53
Pre-arrival Registration for Taiwan Residents processed # 542 002 387 501

# Pre-arrival Registration for Taiwan Residents was implemented on 1 September 2012.

Statistics on Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals
 20172018
(Jan - Sep)
Entry permits processed under Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals * 13 945 11 208

*this Scheme was implemented on 15 July 2003.

Statistics on Employment/Investment, Dependant and Student Visas Issued
 20172018
(Jan - Sep)
Employment / Investment @ 39 952 30 614
Dependant 28 805 20 157
Student * 11 103 10 008

@

excluding persons admitted to take up employment under schemes or arrangements catering for Mainland residents, foreign domestic helpers, imported workers admitted under the Supplementary Labour Scheme as well as those admitted under the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates.

*

excluding Mainland residents admitted into Hong Kong for study.

Statistics on Visas Issued under the General Employment Policy
Profession20172018
(Jan - Sep)
Administrators, Managers and Executives 8 791 6 181
Entrepreneurs 189 136
Other Professionals 7 413 7 116
Sportsmen and Entertainers 12 595 9 068
Teachers / Professors 3 786 3 161
Others 7 178 4 952
Statistics on the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme

Breakdown of the Applicants under CIES (as at 30-09-2018)

 ReceivedApproval-in-principle grantedFormal Approval granted
Foreign nationals 3 088 32 2 172
Macao SAR residents 538 5 428
Chinese nationals with permanent residence overseas 40 478 994 31 878
Stateless persons with permanent residence in a foreign country 3 0 3
Taiwan residents 546 3 376
Total 44 653 1 034 34 857

Breakdown of Investment Classes in Formal Approval Cases (as at 30-09-2018)

Real Estate (Million)Specified Financial Assets (Million)Total (Million)
42,588.23 268,214.50 310,802.73

*

CIES was suspended with effect from 15 January 2015.