Hong Kong Immigration
Hong Kong Immigration Consultants
Hong Kong is one of the most coveted immigration destinations as it is now emerging as an economic, social and cultural hub for the Asia-Pacific region. Immigration to Hong-Kong cannot enhance your quality of life, but can also add tremendous value to your resume and boost your career prospects. Following are the pathways for Hong Kong immigration.
A). Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)
B). General Employment Policy
A). Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)
The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) is a quota based immigration scheme for entry to Hong Kong. It is intended for skilled individuals and entrepreneurs who wish to opt for to Hong Kong immigration in order to pursue professional careers and start-up businesses respectively. To be eligible to secure entry into the port city under the QMAS, applicants filing for Hong Kong work visa must satisfy a number of prerequisites, along with clearing a points-based test and competing for quota allocation. Successful applicants are granted Hong Kong work visa for one year and are allowed to bring their family provided they can sustain them with their own income. The eligibility criteria for the scheme is as follows
Key Requirements and Eligibility:
1. Applicants interested in immigration to Hong Kong must be minimum 18 years old at the time of filing application.
2. Applicants who are keen on Hong Kong immigration must be capable of supporting themselves financially in getting accommodation, as well as providing support to their dependents.
3. Applicants applying for Hong Kong work visa must not possess any criminal record or previous negative immigration record in Hong Kong. The applicant should be able to provide Police clearance certificate for all countries where he/she has stayed for more than 12 months in last 10 years.
4. Applicants who are intent on Hong Kong immigration must prove their proficiency in written as well as spoken English or Chinese. Applicants with a score of an average of 6.0 in IELTS are eligible to apply under QMAS.
5. Ideally, an applicant for Hong Kong work visa should have an undergraduate degree, earned from a recognized university/institution in first class. If an applicant, who is considering migrate to Hong Kong does not possess a degree, his/her technical qualifications, professional experience, and achievements are taken into consideration. Applicants for Hong Kong work visa with higher postgraduate degrees stand an excellent chance of getting an application accepted.
Stages for Hong Kong Immigration under QMAS
The following are the stages that one would need to go through in order to apply for immigration to Hong Kong under QMAS
Stage 1: Meeting eligibility criteria and prerequisites
All the candidates who are applying under the QMAS need to fulfill a set of prerequisites and also satisfy the minimum eligibility criteria for this visa. The applicants will be awarded points based on either of the two points-based test that will be held once they are deemed eligible for the same.
Stage 2: Points-based test
Applicants who have met all the prerequisites can opt to be assessed either under the General Points Achievement-based Points Test. There are six distinct factors under the General Points Test and just one factor for scoring points under the Achievement-based Points Test. The administration sets a minimum passing mark for the general points test, while those applying through the achievement points test will need to self-assess the adequacy of their credentials before applying,
Stage 3: Quota allocation through Selection exercise
The government of Hong Kong will conduct Selection exercises on an ongoing basis for the allocation of quota to the applicants. During each exercise, those applicants who fulfill both the prerequisites and the minimum passing mark as stipulated for the General Points Test or the one point-scoring factor for the Achievement-based Test shall be ranked according to their scores. The highest scoring applications will be short-listed for further consideration. The Director of Immigration along with the Advisory Committee on Admission of Quality Migrants and Professionals will decide on the best way to allocate the quota. Results of the selection exercise will be published on the official website of the Immigration Department and if you choose to apply through Global Tree, our immigration consultants will keep you updated with regards to the status of your application.
Stage 4: Approval-in-principle
Candidates who are successfully allotted a quota in the selection exercise are issued an Approval-in-principle letter. These applicants will need to visit Hong Kong and attend an in person interview and furnish the originals of all documents submitted by them in support of their application. The applicants will need to enter Hong Kong on a visitor visa for the purpose. It should be noted that obtaining an Approval-in-principle letter does not in any way constitute approval of immigration under the scheme.
Stage 5: Issue of visa under QMAS
This is the final stage for application under QMAS and once you are passed this stage you would have successfully immigrated to Hong Kong. Once all your original documents are verified you will be issued with a visa/entry permit under the QMAS which will enable you to stay in Hong Kong permanently.
Dependents of visa holder
The immediate dependents of the visa holder will be allowed to enter the country along with the primary applicant, provided that it can be demonstrated with sufficient proof that he or she has the funds to support his or her family.
B). General Employment Policy
This visa intended for applicants who aspire to enter/stay in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) under the General Employment Policy scheme
1. The applicant should have a crime free record
2. The applicant should be in possession of a good education background with a first class degree in the relevant field of study, In special cases, technical qualifications and relevant experience will also be considered
3. The applicant needs to have a confirmed employment offer for a position that is relevant to his qualifications and experience and the vacancy for the position is genuine and is not filled by local work force.
4. The remuneration being offered should be in line with the prevailing market level for employees working in a similar and comparable job in the HKSAR.
Criteria for dependents
Once granted the visa, the immediate dependents of the primary applicant can accompany the applicant, provided they satisfy the following criteria
1. There should be reasonable proof of a genuine relationship between the primary applicant and the dependent. Proof can be established through the relevant documents such as Marriage certificate, Birth certificate etc.
2. There is no reason to believe that the move is harmful to the dependent
3. The primary applicant can support the dependent at a standard that is fairly above the level of subsistence level and also arrange for accommodation for him/her
Q). How much time does it take for processing Hong Kong Visa?
A). The visa for Hong Kong immigration typically takes six to eight weeks for processing. However the processing time can vary depending on the type of visa you are applying for as well as your specific case. It is best that you consult with our immigration experts to know the exact details of processing time for your case.
Q). Can dependents take up employment in Hong Kong?
A). Yes dependents of permanent residents as well as professionals who have entered Hong Kong under the employment scheme or Quality Migrant Assessment scheme are allowed to work in Hong Kong