Introduction of Admission Schemes for Talent, Professionals and Entrepreneurs

Admission Schemes for Talent, Professionals and 
        Entrepreneurs Admission Schemes for Talent, Professionals and 
        Entrepreneurs General Employment Policy (GEP) (for non-Mainland residents) - Entrepreneurs General Employment Policy (GEP) (for non-Mainland residents) - Professionals Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP) (for Mainland residents) Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS) Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents (ASSG) Dependant and Stay Arrangements

General Employment Policy (GEP)
(for non-Mainland residents)

Peter Roy Andrew Drewett
Rugby Coach Development Manager, from the United Kingdom

Hong Kong - an energetic place for sports players

"Rugby is a dynamic and enjoyable game that emphasises fairness, teamwork and leadership. By developing more interesting courses and providing high standard coaching to the players, I wish to promote this fascinating sport in Hong Kong and help the Rugby teams stand out in international competitions."

Peter Roy Andrew Drewett

Rugby Coach Development Manager, from the United Kingdom

Hong Kong - a city where every second counts

"From providing business solutions to improving human life, the 21st century is all about information technology. Hong Kong is an energetic city offering a plethora of opportunities across multiple sectors. I know my knowledge in information technology products and solutions will help the city stay on top of the market in the modern epoch."

Constantin Stahlknecht
Information Technology Business Group Lead, from Germany

Constantin Stahlknecht

Information Technology Business Group Lead, from Germany

GEP – Professionals

Professionals from overseas, Taiwan and Macao who are interested to work in Hong Kong may apply under the GEP which has no sector restriction. Key requirements include -

  • Secured a job relevant to his/her academic qualifications or work experience that cannot be readily taken up by the local workforce
  • Remuneration package is commensurate with the prevailing market rate
  • Good education background, technical qualifications or proven professional experience

We have launched some enhancement measures -

  • Relax pattern of duration of stay from “1+2+2+3” years to “2+3+3” years
  • Relax eligible top-tier entrants’ pattern of duration of stay from “1+2+2+3” years to “2+6” years; on time limitation with no other conditions of stay upon extension

For more information on the admission scheme and the enhancement measures, please visit the following websites:

GEP – Professionals

FAQs on the enhancement measures

GEP – Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs from overseas, Taiwan and Macao who plan to establish or join in a business in Hong Kong may apply under the GEP. Key requirements include -

  • Good education background, technical qualifications or proven professional experience
  • In a position to make substantial contribution to the economy of the HKSAR

We have launched some enhancement measures -

  • Specify consideration factors in assessing applications:
    • Business plan
    • Business turnover
    • Financial resources
    • Investment sum
    • Number of jobs created locally
    • Introduction of new technology or skills
  • Applications will be favourably considered for start-up entrepreneurs who plan to establish or join in a start-up business supported by a government-backed programme such as -
    • InvestHK’s StartmeupHK Venture Programme
    • Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation’s Incu-App, Incu-Bio and Incu-Tech programmes
    • Cyberport Incubation Programme
    • Innovation and Technology Commission’s Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme and Enterprise Support Scheme
    • Hong Kong Design Centre’s Design Incubation Programme

For more information on the admission scheme and the enhancement measures, please visit the following websites:

GEP – Entrepreneurs 

FAQs on the enhancement measures

Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP)
(for Mainland residents)

Yang Yi Investment Banking Professional, from Mainland China

Hong Kong - an international financial centre

"With conclusion of the Mainland and Hong Kong Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA), economic connection between Hong Kong and Mainland China has never been closer. My knowledge of Mainland markets and familiarity with the financial behaviour of the Chinese enable me to pursue my future in Hong Kong."

Yang Yi

Investment Banking Professional, from Mainland China

Hong Kong - a city of rule of law

"Hong Kong enjoys a high degree of autonomy and independent judicial power. With my legal training in the Mainland and my knowledge of the laws of Hong Kong, I am confident that I can provide bilateral legal services to my clients in both the Mainland and Hong Kong."

Sun Yan Legal Counsel, from the Mainland China

Sun Yan

Legal Counsel, from Mainland China

Professionals from the Mainland who are interested to work in Hong Kong may apply under the ASMTP which has no sector restriction. Key requirements include -

  • Secured a job relevant to his/her academic qualifications or work experience that cannot be readily taken up by the local workforce
  • Remuneration package is commensurate with the prevailing market rate
  • Good education background, technical qualifications or proven professional experience

We have launched some enhancement measures -

  • Relax pattern of duration of stay from “1+2+2+3” years to “2+3+3” years
  • Relax eligible top-tier entrants’ pattern of duration of stay from “1+2+2+3” years to “2+6” years; on time limitation with no other conditions of stay upon extension

For more information on the admission scheme and the enhancement measures, please visit the following websites:

ASMTP

FAQs on the enhancement measures

Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)

Roger Juerg Kellenberger
Industrial Designer, from Switzerland

Hong Kong - a city welcoming creativity

“As an entrepreneur and designer of high-end industrial products, design work defines large parts of my professional and private life. The prestigious international awards I received recognise my achievement and help pave the way for my development in Hong Kong: a vibrant city which welcomes creativity and innovation.”

Roger Juerg Kellenberger

Industrial Designer, from Switzerland

Red Dot Design Award 2011
Red Dot Design Award 2009
Pininfarina Award 2007
Silver Award of the Third FIYTA Watch Design Competition 2007

Hong Kong - a stage blending eastern and western culture

“Being an artiste with Chinese roots, I hope to let more people from around the world know about Chinese culture through my performance and films. Hong Kong is a multi-ethnical and multi-cultural cosmopolitan city that has provided me with more favourable conditions and opportunities to demonstrate the greatness of Chinese culture deposits in its people.”

Li Bingbing
Famous Artist, from Mainland China

Li Bingbing

Famous Artiste, from Mainland China

Best Actress (“The Message”), the 46th Golden Horse Awards 2009
Nomination for Best Actress (“The Knot”), the 26th Golden Rooster Awards 2007
Outstanding Actress (“The Knot”), the 12th Huabiao Awards 2007

Highly skilled or talented individuals who have not yet secured a job offer in Hong Kong but are interested to settle and work in Hong Kong may apply under the QMAS which has no sector restriction. There are two points-based tests under the scheme –

  • General Points Test (GPT) for highly skilled or talented persons

    Assessment factors: age, academic/professional qualifications, work experience, language proficiency, family background
  • Achievement-based Points Test (APT) for talent with outstanding achievements (e.g. recipients of Olympic medal, Nobel prize, national/international awards)

We have launched some enhancement measures -

  • Relax pattern of duration of stay from “1+2+2+3” years to “2+3+3” years for GPT entrants
  • Relax eligible top-tier GPT entrants’ pattern of duration of stay to “2+6” years
  • APT entrants may be granted 8 years of stay upon entry
  • Bonus points for outstanding academic background and international work experience under GPT

For more information on the admission scheme and the enhancement measures, please visit the following websites:

QMAS

FAQs on the enhancement measures

Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS)

Non-local technology talent may apply to work in Hong Kong under TechTAS, which is a three-year pilot scheme providing a fast-track arrangement for eligible technology companies/institutes to admit non-local technology talent to undertake research and development (R&D) work for them in Hong Kong. Eligible technology companies/institutes would first have to apply for a quota. A company/institute allotted with a quota by the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) can accordingly sponsor an eligible person to apply for an employment visa/entry permit within the six-month quota validity period.

Key requirements for an application for a visa/entry permit to take up employment under TechTAS include -

  • Employing company/institute with a valid quota approved by ITC at the time of application
  • Applicant being engaged principally in conducting R&D in the areas of biotechnology, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, data analytics, financial technologies or material science
  • Applicant being a degree-holder in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) from a well-recognised university
  • Remuneration not lower than the prevailing market level for comparable jobs in Hong Kong
  • Applicant meeting the specific particulars pertaining to the job position set out in the quota allotment letter issued by ITC

For more information on TechTAS, please visit the following websites:

TechTAS (Information and Technology Commission's website)

TechTAS – visa application matters (Immigration Department's website)

FAQs on TechTAS (Information and Technology Commission's website)

Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG)

Non-local graduates may apply under the IANG to stay in Hong Kong for one year to look for a job. Key requirements include -

  • Obtained an undergraduate or higher qualification in a full-time locally-accredited programme in Hong Kong
  • Job offer not required upon entry (for fresh graduates)
  • Job is at a level commonly taken up by degree holders and is remunerated at the market rate (for returning graduates)

Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents (ASSG)

Applicants, who are the second generation of Chinese Hong Kong permanent residents from overseas, may apply for entry into the HKSAR under ASSG. There is no sector restriction and no job offer is required upon entry. Key requirements include -

  • Aged 18-40; born overseas
  • At least one parent holding valid Hong Kong permanent identity card upon application and was a Chinese national settled overseas at the time of applicant’s birth
  • Good education background, technical qualifications or proven professional experience
  • Proficient in written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese) or English

For more information on the new admission scheme, please visit the following websites:

ASSG

FAQs on ASSG

Dependant and Stay Arrangements

  • Successful entrants may bring in their spouse or the other party to a same-sex civil partnership, same-sex civil union, “same-sex marriage”, opposite-sex civil partnership or opposite-sex civil union entered into by him/her in accordance with the local law in force of the place of celebration and with such status being legally and officially recognised by the local authorities of the place of celebration [Note] and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 to Hong Kong. The dependants’ length of stay will normally be linked to that of the sponsor and they are free to take up employment or study during their stay in Hong Kong.
  • After seven years of continuous ordinary residence, entrants and their dependants may apply for Hong Kong permanent resident status in accordance with the law.
Kwok Chern Yue Senior Research & Development Manager, from Singapore

Hong Kong - an enchanted place to live

“Several years ago, I came to Hong Kong under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme. Having stayed here for more than 7 years, I have become a Hong Kong permanent resident. Hong Kong is undoubtedly a well-established business hub offering every convenience for professionals to set their home base for career development. It also offers abundant leisure and entertainment opportunities. I have taken Hong Kong as my home and would definitely continue to stay in this city.”

Kwok Chern Yue

Senior Research & Development Manager, from Singapore

Enquiries

For enquiries, please contact the Hong Kong Immigration Department by enquiry hotline at (852) 2824 6111, by fax at (852) 2877 7711, or by email at enquiry@immd.gov.hk.

Other Information

Suspension of the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme

Talented migrants laud HK life – talent and professionals admission schemes success stories (video)

Visa scheme brings talent home – ASSG success stories (video)

Higher Education Employment Information e-Platform (HEEIP) of the Labour Department

HKwelcomesU (Reference material about employment, business, education, etc. in Hong Kong

Note

For the avoidance of doubt, the terms “civil partnership” and “civil union” above mean a legal institution of a nature which is akin to spousal relationship in a marriage. The same-sex civil partnership, same-sex civil union, “same-sex marriage”, opposite-sex civil partnership and opposite-sex civil union entered into in accordance with laws outside Hong Kong are limited to only relationships which are legally and officially recognised in the places of celebration. Such relationships normally have the following features: (a) the entering into and dissolution of the relationship are governed by legislation of the place where it is entered into; (b) the relationship requires registration by the competent authority specified by the legislation of the place where it is entered into; (c) the registration is evidenced in a written instrument issued by the competent authority; and (d) parties to the relationship have a mutual commitment to a shared life akin to spouses to the exclusion of others on a permanent basis. Such relationships do not include de facto spouse, partners in cohabitation, fiancé/fiancée, etc.