Employment Situation & Policy

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Video of "Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Talent Admission Schemes"(Chinese only) Video

Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals

The objective of the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals is to attract qualified Mainland talents and professionals to work in Hong Kong in order to meet local manpower needs and enhance Hong Kong's competitiveness in the global market. The Mainland talents and professionals must possess special skills, knowledge or experience of value to and not readily available in the HKSAR. Admitted talents and professionals must be able to contribute to the operation of the firms and sectors concerned with a view to facilitate the economic development of Hong Kong."

The ASMTP is quota-free and non-sector specific.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:
Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals

Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

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 secure 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 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.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:
Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

Technology Talent Admission Scheme

TechTAS is a three-year pilot scheme. It provides 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 the HKSAR. 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. It also has to fulfil the requirement to employ new local employees in technology-related work.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:
Technology Talent Admission Scheme

Immigration Arrangements for Non-Local Graduates

Non-local graduates here refer to non-local students (Note1) who have obtained an undergraduate or higher qualification in a full-time and locally-accredited programme in Hong Kong.

Non-local graduates who submit applications to the Immigration Department within six months after the date of their graduation (i.e. the date shown on their graduation certificates) are classified as non-local fresh graduates. Non-local graduates who submit applications beyond six months of the date of their graduation are classified as returning non-local graduates.

Non-local fresh graduates who wish to apply to stay and work in the HKSAR are not required to secure an offer of employment upon application. They may be granted 12 months' stay on time limitation without other conditions of stay provided that normal immigration requirements are met. Those who intend to apply to stay and work in the HKSAR but have not yet secured the graduation result may apply for extension of stay to wait for the promulgation of results. Non-local fresh graduates who have not yet obtained their graduation certificate could apply to stay and work in Hong Kong by producing a proof from the institution confirming that he/she has graduated.

Returning non-local graduates who wish to return to work in the HKSAR are required to secure an offer of employment upon application. The applications will be favourably considered so long as the job is at a level commonly taken up by degree holders and the remuneration package is set at market level. They may be granted 12 months' stay on time limitation without other conditions of stay provided that normal immigration requirements are met.

This immigration arrangement is quota-free and non-sector specific, but does not apply to:
the Nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Nepal and Vietnam.

Note1:

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.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:
Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates