Hong Kong Work Related Visas
- Hong Kong Work Visa
- Investment based Work Visa
- Hong Kong Training Visa
- Change of Sponsorship of Work Visa
- Working Holiday Visa
- Travel Pass and Transit Visa
- Foreign Domestic Helper Visa
Resident and Permanent Resident Related Visas
- Capital Investment Visa
- Hong Kong Dependant Visa
- Change of Hong Kong Visa Status
- Visa for De Facto Spouse
- Hong Kong Student Visa
- Right of Abode in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Special Visa Programs
- Special Visa Program for Chinese Nationals
- Special Immigration Program for Taiwanese
- Quality Migrant Admission Scheme
Other Types of Hong Kong Visa Services
- All Types of Hong Kong Visa Extensions
- Transfer of Hong Kong Visa Endorsement
- Visa and Immigration Consultation
- Application Reconsideration and Appeal
- China Visa in Hong Kong for Foreigners
Special Visa Program for Chinese Nationals
After 1997, special visa arrangements for PRC nationals were introduced by the Hong Kong Immigration Department, in order to attract highly skilled and qualified mainland workers to the Hong Kong workforce, to enhance Hong Kong’s global competitiveness and to meet local manpower needs. These employment visas fall into three different categories.Show Details
The current special visa arrangements for PRC nationals are subject to frequent change as the Hong Kong Government continues to increase the number of skilled workers from the Mainland as a means of enhancing its business relationship with China.
The Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals, called the‘Scheme’, was introduced on July 15, 2003, replacing the Admission of Talents Scheme and the Admission of Mainland Professionals programs.
To qualify, PRC nationals have to prove they possess unique skills, knowledge and experience not readily available in Hong Kong.
The scheme is quota-free and non-sector specific. The number of talented personnel and professionals admitted under the scheme will be adjusted according to local demand.
Documentary requirements to support an employment visa under this scheme are similar to that of a normal employment visa application. The scheme allows applicants to bring their spouse and unmarried dependant children to Hong Kong. As dependants, they are eligible to apply for dependant visas. Professionals and dependants will be eligible to apply for permanent residency after 7 successive years in Hong Kong.
This scheme has its own specific division within the Immigration Department and processing time for visas usually takes 4-6 weeks from the date of submission.
This visa is designed for PRC nationals currently overseas, who intend to take up employment in Hong Kong. The documentary requirements to support an employment visa under this arrangement are similar to that of a normal employment visa.
There are however two notable differences. PRC nationals must have a valid resident visa for a third country at all times throughout their visa application process. And they have to stay in that third country with a valid resident visa for at least one year prior to submitting their employment visa application to the Hong Kong Immigration Department.
If PRC nationals intend bringing family with them to Hong Kong, their dependants are eligible to apply for dependant visas.
If PRC nationals possess dual citizenship with permanent residency in a third country, they will not be subjected to the above restrictions. In other words, they will be treated as a foreign national if they apply for an employment visa in Hong Kong.
With effect from 1 August 2001, mainland students who completed their bachelor degree or higher-level studies in Hong Kong, may apply for work visas if they have confirmed job offers in Hong Kong.
This scheme is available to all mainland students who graduated from locally accredited full-time educational programs in Hong Kong at degree level or above and, who from 1990 onwards, graduated from UGC funded institutions at degree level or above.
Exchange students, graduates of part-time study programs and other mainland students who do not fall into the degree level or above category, are not eligible to apply. They can however apply for an employment visa under the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals.
The applicant’s spouse and unmarried dependant children may apply for dependant visas. Both the applicant and his family are eligible to apply for permanent residency after having lived in Hong Kong for 7 years with valid visas.
Visa processing time is usually 4-6 weeks from the date of submission.
Prism Service Involves:
- consulting on documents required for employment visa application;
- preparing a specially tailored document checklist for you and your employer;
- completing all necessary Hong Kong Immigration forms for you;
- reviewing and organizing your documents in favor of immigration policy;
- submitting your application to the Immigration Department;
- replying on your behalf to all enquiries and correspondence from Immigration;
- preparing and drafting all letters required for submission to Immigration;
- monitoring the application process;
- keeping you updated on the status of your application;
- having the visa endorsed on your passport and delivered to you.
- free consultation regarding your Hong Kong visa application;
- advise you on your alternatives and the likelihood of success;
- obtain your signature on the letter of engagement;
- prepare a specially tailored document checklist for your application;
- complete immigration forms, drafts and letters;
- revise completed documents to ensure they are correctly presented;
- submit your visa application to Immigration;
- ongoing liaison with the Immigration Department;
- accept your visa approval on your behalf;
- deliver your Hong Kong visa;
- offer advice on how to obtain your Hong Kong Identity Card.
- an application form ID(E) 990A with your signatures;
- an application form ID(E) 990B with your sponsor's signatures;
- copy of your passport (your personal particulars page);
- copy of your service contract or letter of appointment from your sponsoring employer;
- copies of your sponsoring employer's business incorporation documents;
- copies of your personal documents to prove that position cannot be filled by locals.
- Your Hong Kong visa application process normally takes 4 to 6 weeks.
- Your initial Hong Kong visa once obtained is valid for a maximum of 12 months (sometimes less).
- Once your visa has been approved, you can apply for your Hong Kong Identity Card.