This complete guide to Hong Kong immigration provides a detailed overview of all the different types of visas that are available for people who are desirous of immigration to Hong Kong and the eligibility criteria for the respective visas. There are several visas available for foreign nationals and their family members to live and work in Hong Kong. We shall take a look at each of them in detail.
In the recent past, immigration to Hong Kong has been considerably increased. And most of the Indians choose a QMAS visa. To know what factors are attracting most Indians, check out the below benefits of immigrating to Hong Kong.
There are various visa types available for Indians to immigrate to Hong Kong as provided in the article above. You can get in touch with our experts at Global Tree Hong Kong immigration advisors to get a detailed explanation of the process.
Visas for Entering Hong Kong for Employment or Investment
Few visas are specifically intended to work or invest in a local Hong Kong company or start a new business in the country. We take a look at each of them in detail.
1. General Employment Policy (GEP) – Work Visa
The General Employment Policy visa is best suited for the entry of those individuals who plan to stay in Hong Kong to pursue a career as a skilled professional. The GEP is not specific to any sector, as a result, all those individuals who have specialized skills, expert knowledge, or experience in any field are eligible to apply for the visa, if they meet the other conditions given below.
Eligible Requirements for Hong Kong Immigration through GEP
Stay Duration for GEP Visa
A person arriving in Hong Kong on the GEP visa will be permitted to stay in the country for 24 months, or the duration of the contract of employment, whichever is shorter.
Can I take my Family to Hong Kong on a GEP Visa?
Yes, you can take your family to Hong Kong on the GEP visa as dependents if they can meet the following criteria
If you have stayed in Hong Kong for more than seven years under the GEP visa, you can apply for the right to abode.
2. Investment Visa for Hong Kong
If you are planning to set up or invest in a local business in Hong Kong, you can be eligible to apply for the investment visa for Hong Kong if you satisfy the criteria stated below.
What are the Eligibility Criteria for an Investment Visa for Hong Kong?
Duration of Stay under the Investment Visa
You will be permitted to stay for an initial period after which you can apply for renewal. Once you have completed seven years in Hong Kong under this visa, then you can apply for the Right to abode, which is a permanent residence visa for Hong Kong.
3. Imported Workers Visa for Hong Kong
The Imported Workers Visa scheme is suitable for workers who plan to live and work in Hong Kong under the Supplementary Labor Scheme. This scheme enables employers or corporations who find it difficult to obtain local employees to import workers from out of the country. The following eligibility requirements need to be met
What are the Eligibility Criteria for Imported Workers' Visas for Hong Kong?
Duration of Stay for Imported Workers
Imported workers can stay for 24 months initially and renew their visa four weeks before the expiry date. Once you complete seven years, living under this visa, then you can apply for Right to Abode
4. Training Visa for Hong Kong
Duration of stay for Training Visa
You will be able to stay for a maximum duration of 12 months under this visa. You will also be able to get a dependent pass for your spouse and unmarried children who are under 18 years to accompany you
5. Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)
The QMAS is intended for highly skilled individuals who wish to stay in Hong Kong to grow their careers in Hong Kong. To qualify for entering Hong Kong under the QMAS, you will need to fulfill the following requirements and clear a point-based test.
What are the Requirements to Apply for QMAS for Hong Kong?
Duration of Stay Under QMAS
If you arrive in Hong Kong with the General Points Test, then you can stay in Hong Kong for 24 months. If you have entered under the Achievement-based Points Test, will be able to stay for eight years.
Eligibility for Dependent Family
Spouse and unmarried children under 18 years of age are eligible to apply for a dependent visa.
The visa type you apply for will be based on the purpose of your visit to Hong Kong. You can get in touch with our Hong Kong immigration advisors at Global Tree to know more about the same.
You will need to follow the fulfilling steps to apply for Hong Kong immigration.
You can take the expert advice and assistance of our immigration advisors at Global Tree to apply for Hong Kong immigration
Apart from the above, you will also need to submit additional documents based on the type of visa you are applying for.
General Employment Visa
Imported workers Visa
A Hong Kong visa will cost you around 190 HKD, which is INR 1,745 per person. And I can be paid only through bank draft.
It would take a minimum of two weeks to process the Hong Kong Visa.
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