For employers & employees: Work visas in Hong Kong
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Hong Kong is an excellent destination to work. You may be eligible for a work visa in Hong Kong if you possess the right combination of skills, experience and qualifications. The Hong Kong government takes interest in work visa applications that look promising enough to contribute to the local economy and society.
Before applying for a Hong Kong work visa, it is crucial to get an offer letter from a company based in Hong Kong. According to the Hong Kong Immigration Department, you should not work in Hong Kong before obtaining a work permit but that does not mean you cannot travel to Hong Kong without obtaining a work visa. You can travel to Hong Kong as a visitor to look for job opportunities. While living in Hong Kong, you can apply for a work visa.
Hong Kong issues work permits under several schemes, depending on the suitability and eligibility as follows:
Among the schemes, our clients usually fall under the GEP or Investment as Entrepreneurs.
Eligibility requirements - GEP
You can apply for a work permit in Hong Kong under GEP if:
An employee must present the following documents for application:
An employer must present the following documents for application:
The application process - GEP
Submission of visa application
Extension of work visa - GEP
You should apply for an extension of your work visa within four weeks before you complete the approved limit of stay. It is important to present proof of income for salaries tax. You should keep a copy of the latest tax return on salary tax received from the Inland Revenue Department. If you are the company’s sole director and shareholder, you must submit profits tax return. Apart from this, the support of the employer is critical to the extension.
Eligibility requirements - Investment as Entrepreneurs
As you can tell by the name, this scheme is applicable to entrepreneurs who think favourably of HK and having the intention to set up a business in Hong Kong. Significant amount of investment into the company, in terms of hardware and/or software has to be provided to prove that the applicant can make substantial contribution to the economy of Hong Kong, like:
As an owner of business, if you wish to apply for visa under this scheme, do talk to us to find out more.