Quality Migrant Admission Scheme – facilitation measures for Talent List

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Q1: The Government promulgated the Talent List so as to attract, in a more effective and focused manner, high-quality talent to support Hong Kong’s development as a diversified and high value-added economy. What measures would Immigration Department (ImmD) take to address the Talent List?

The Talent List would highlight to world talents which specific professions are needed most for Hong Kong’s further economic development, and would help attract them to come to Hong Kong. This should help Hong Kong gain competitive advantage in attracting international talents vis-à-vis other economies, creating cluster effects, and stimulating the development of local talents. The Talent List also provides useful reference for the Government, training institutions and professional bodies in various aspects of manpower planning.

In order to attract world talents, immigration facilitation is provided under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS). For applicant who meets the specifications of the respective profession under the Talent List, subject to documentary proofs, 30 bonus points will be given under the General Points Test of the QMAS while the minimum passing mark remains unchanged at 80.

Q2: Under the revised point-scoring scheme, how to determine whether the applicant meets the specifications of the respective profession under the Talent List ?

During assessment, reference will be made to the specifications of the respective profession of the Talent List. For applicant who meets the specifications of the respective profession under the Talent List and are supported by documentary proofs will be given 30 bonus points under the General Points Test of the QMAS

ImmD may also seek professional advice from relevant Government bureaux / departments / professional bodies to ascertain whether the applicant meets the specifications of the respective profession under the Talent List.

Q3: Under the revised point-scoring scheme, is there any change to the minimum passing mark?

Under the revised point-scoring scheme, the maximum points under General Points Test increase from 195 to 225. The current minimum passing mark remains unchanged at 80.

Q4: What is the annual quota of QMAS currently? After the implementation of Talent List, will there be any adjustment on the quota of QMAS?

The annual quota of 1,000 entrants under the scheme remains unchanged. The Government may review the annual quota from time to time by considering the socio-economic needs and the needs of human resources in Hong Kong.

Q5: When will the immigration facilitation under the QMAS be implemented? If an applicant submits his/her application before the implementation of the revised point-scoring scheme, can he/she choose to have the application assessed under the revised point-scoring scheme?

The immigration facilitation under the QMAS is implemented on 28 August 2018. All applications received on or after 28 August 2018 will be assessed according to the new point-scoring scheme. ImmD will handle the applications already received and being processed which may meet the requirements of the Talent List in a facilitating manner. Applicants who have submitted the applications and consider themselves meeting the eligibility of the Talent List are welcome to contact ImmD to furnish relevant documentary proofs.

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