- Country Name: Hong Kong
- Population: 7,234,800 (2014 estimate)
- Language: Chinese, English, Cantonese
- Time Zone: UTC + 8 HOURS
- Dialing Code: +852
- Currency: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
This FAQ has been created as an introductory guide to immigration procedures for Hong Kong. Since rules and requirements in every country are constantly changing and each case must be assessed on its own merits, for in-depth and up-to-date advice, please contact us.
Please note, we can only advise on matters relating to immigration and are unable support you with employment in a new region. We do however have a network of trusted partners that can support your move, so please visit Our Partners page for further information.
As a major world financial hub, Hong Kong employs thousands of expat workers. However, recent economic downturns and increasing numbers of qualified workers have made the job market extremely competitive.
High-earning positions can be secured within the accounting and finance sector, architecture, urban planning, banking, healthcare, life sciences and international law among others.
Although less common, skilled professionals manufacturing and engineering, as well as publishing and media and the hospitality industry, hold a fair chance of securing good employment.
Additionally, teaching is one of the most popular employment sectors in Hong Kong.
The Employment Visa is the most standard category for work authorisation for foreign nationals entering Hong Kong as professionals.
Training visas are also available for periods of up to 12 months for employees to receive training in Hong Kong to acquire specialised skills and knowledge not available in the applicant’s home country.
The employment visa application is submitted to the Hong Kong Immigration Department Once the employment visa has been issued and endorsed in the passport, the applicant and family can enter Hong Kong and the assignee can start work. Once in Hong Kong, applications for a Hong Kong ID card must be made.
Processes and requirements will vary slightly according to the labour market at the time of application, the type of work permit being applied for, the nationality of the applicant, the country of application and personal circumstances of the assignee and any family dependants. We, therefore, recommend that you contact us for up-to-date information.
Note the applicant must possess special skills, knowledge or experience of value to and not readily available in Hong Kong and the employer must be justified in their decision to engage an expatriate rather than a local.
Applicants will be required to submit a variety of personal documents to support the application which include, but are not limited to:
Passport, CV, degree certificate and any certificates relating to applicant’s field of expertise, job description, employment contract; as well as a variety of corporate documents which may include: business registration certificate, certificate of incorporation, financial report/audit report, staff list, justification letter, detailed business plan, accounts and bank statements, letter of experience, tax returns, statutory corporate filings and company marketing materials
Processing times may vary slightly according to nationality and country of application. However, an indication of processing times is as follows:
Employment Visa & Training Visa both typically take 1 to 2 months until entry to Hong Kong, and a further 2 weeks before the whole process is completed
Employment Visa is initially Issued for a period of one year and can then be renewed in increments of 2 years.
Employment Visa is issued for a period of 12 months maximum and cannot be renewed.
It is strictly prohibited to carry out any work on a business visa or under the visa-waver agreement.
Therefore, while there is nothing to stop you from looking for jobs, you would not be able to commence any form of employment until you have acquired a work permit, for which you must exit the country and apply from your home country.
Most migrants to Hong Kong (from Mainland China as well as the rest of the world) are required to be legally and “ordinarily resident” in Hong Kong for a continuous period of 7 years before becoming eligible to apply for permanent resident.
Requirements and procedures are subject to change, so please consult with your Newland Chase Immigration Advisor for current and detailed information.
Non-compliance with Hong Kong immigration rules could incur penalties such as fines, deportation or even imprisonment.
It is therefore of the utmost importance that your company is always up-to-date on the latest immigration requirements and Newland Chase can take care of all your compliance needs.