About HK

Travel / Transit in HK

Anyone who wishes to visit or transit Hong Kong but does not enjoy the visa waiver concession or wants to stay beyond the entitled visa-free period must obtain a visa / entry permit before coming. This entry arrangement does not apply to Chinese residents of the Mainland and Taiwan (other than People's Republic of China passport holders and Chinese residents of Taiwan living overseas).

For detailed information, please refer to the following links of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:

Visa-free access arrangements and visa requirements of relevant countries/territories Application for visa / entry permit for your visit or transit in Hong Kong Entry requirements for Mainland, Macao, Taiwan and overseas Chinese residents to visit or transit Hong Kong

Working in HK

General Employment Policy

Applicants who are not non-local graduates but possess special skills, knowledge or experience of value to and not readily available in the HKSAR may apply to come to work under the General Employment Policy.

1An application for a visa/ entry permit to take up employment under the General Employment Policy may be favourably considered if:

there is no security objection and no known record of serious crime in respect of the applicant;

the applicant has a good education background, normally a first degree in the relevant field, but in special circumstances, good technical qualifications, proven professional abilities and/or relevant experience and achievements supported by documentary evidence may also be accepted;

there is a genuine job vacancy;

the applicant has a confirmed offer of employment and is employed in a job relevant to his academic qualifications or working experience that cannot be readily taken up by the local work force; and

the remuneration package including income, accommodation, medical and other fringe benefits is broadly commensurate with the prevailing market level for professionals in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).

2Overseas Chinese nationals holding People's Republic of China passports who meet the criteria stipulated above and normal immigration requirements may apply to enter Hong Kong for employment under the General Employment Policy if:

the applicant has permanent residence overseas; or

the applicant has been residing overseas for at least one year immediately before the submission of application ("overseas" means places outside the Mainland, the HKSAR and the Macao SAR) and that the application is submitted from overseas

3This employment policy does not apply to:

Chinese residents of the Mainland; and

Nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Nepal and Vietnam

For detailed information, please refer to the following links of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:

General Employment Policy (GEP)
Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG)

Chinese Residents of the Mainland come to work in Hong Kong

A Chinese resident of the Mainland, if intends to work in Hong Kong, may refer to the following links of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:

Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals
Quality Migrant Admission Scheme
Technology Talent Admission Scheme

Studying in HK

Visa / Entry Permit for Study

Any person who wishes to enter Hong Kong for study is required to obtain a visa / entry permit before coming to Hong Kong.

1An application for a visa/entry permit to enter the HKSAR for study may be favourably considered if:

A.the applicant:

is admitted to a private school registered under the Education Ordinance (Cap. 279) or Post Secondary Colleges Ordinance (Cap. 320). Except for post-secondary education, entry for study in public or aided schools (other than English Schools Foundation Schools and Direct Subsidy Scheme Schools) is not permitted;

takes up studies in a full-time locally-accredited post-secondary programme including short-term course or part-time locally-accredited taught postgraduate programme (Note 1);

is admitted on exchange in full-time locally-accredited local programmes at sub-degree level for not more than 6 months or on exchange in full-time locally-accredited local or non-local programmes for not more than one year at undergraduate or above level; or

is enrolled in a full-time course on the register of non-local higher education or professional courses as set up under the Non-local Higher and Professional Education (Regulation) Ordinance (Cap. 493);

B.the applicant is:

from the age of 5 years and 8 months to 11 for primary education; or

below the age of 20 for secondary education;

C.the applicant holds a school acceptance letter to confirm that he/she has been accepted for a course of study; and

D.the applicant is able to meet the fees for the course, the living expenses for his/her maintenance and accommodation without working and without recourse to public funds.

2This entry arrangement does not apply to:

A.Chinese residents of the Mainland and Taiwan;

B.former Mainland Chinese residents settled in Macao who were not settled there by 14 January 1979; and

C.nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic Peoples' Republic of ), Nepal and Vietnam.

3However, provided that the conditions in sub-paragraphs 1(C) & (D) above are met, Chinese residents of the Mainland, Macao and Taiwan as listed in sub-paragraphs 2 (A) & (B) above may apply for entry to take up:

studies in full-time locally-accredited post-secondary local or non-local programmes (Note2&3);

studies in part-time locally-accredited local taught post-graduate local programme (Note4);

exchange in full-time locally-accredited local programmes at sub-degree level for not more than 6 months or exchange in full-time locally-accredited local or non-local programmes at undergraduate or above level for not more than one year(Note3); or

full-time short-term studies, subject to the following conditions:the programme concerned is offered by Hong Kong higher education institutions with degree-awarding powers (excluding their continuing and professional education arms); andthe cumulative duration of short-term studies taken up by any student should not exceed 180 days within any 12-month period.

4In addition, Chinese residents of the Mainland may also apply to attend secondary school level short-term exchange programmes approved by the Education Bureau of not more than 2 weeks, if accompanied by Mainland teachers. In general, unless a person has the right of abode or right to land in the HKSAR, he/she requires a visa/entry permit to study in the HKSAR. While each application is determined on its individual merits, an applicant should meet normal immigration requirements (such as holding a valid travel document with adequate returnability to his/her country of residence or citizenship; be of clear criminal record and raise no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR; have no likelihood of becoming a burden on the HKSAR, etc.) as well as the relevant specific eligibility criteria detailed above before he/she may be considered for the grant of a visa/entry permit. It should be noted that the eligibility criteria may be subject to change from time to time.

Local programmes refer to programmes leading to degrees awarded by local degree-awarding institutions whereas non-local programmes refer to programmes leading to degrees awarded solely by non-local institutions, irrespective of whether the programmes are jointly run by local and non-local institutions.

The agreement between the Mainland and Hong Kong on mutual recognition of degree awards in higher education is not applicable to sub-degree qualifications (i.e. associate degree and higher diploma). Mainland students may come to attend sub-degree level local programmes in Hong Kong since there is no restriction in the Mainland prohibiting them to pursue further studies at educational institutions outside the Mainland on a personal basis.

Mainland students are allowed to study in full-time locally-accredited local programmes. For the 2016/17 to 2020/21 academic years, Mainland students are also allowed to study in full-time locally-accredited non-local programmes at undergraduate or above level which have been approved by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

The programmes to be taken up by Mainland students must be offered by the University Grants Committee-funded institutions.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:

Application for visa/entry permit to enter Hong Kong for study

Investing in Businesses in HK

Entering Hong Kong to Establish or Join in Business

Any person who wishes to enter Hong Kong to establish or join in business under the General Employment Policy is required to obtain a visa/entry permit before coming to Hong Kong.

1An application for a visa/entry permit to enter Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for investment as entrepreneur may be favourably considered if:

there is no security objection and no known record of serious crime in respect of the applicant;

the applicant has a good education background, normally a first degree in the relevant field, but in special circumstances, good technical qualifications, proven professional abilities and/or relevant experience and achievements supported by documentary evidence may also be accepted; and

(i) the applicant is in a position to make substantial contribution to the economy of the HKSAR, with consideration factors including, but not limited to, business plan, business turnover, financial resources, investment sum, number of jobs created locally and introduction of new technology or skills.
(ii) an applicant who wishes to establish or join in a start-up business may also submit an application. The Immigration Department may consider the application favourably, if the start-up business concerned is supported by a government-backed programme with a rigorous vetting and selection process, and the applicant is the proprietor or partner of the start-up company or a key researcher of the relevant project.

2Overseas Chinese nationals holding People's Republic of China passports who meet the criteria stipulated above and normal immigration requirements may apply for entry to establish or join in business under the General Employment Policy if:

the applicant has permanent residence overseas; or

the applicant has been residing overseas for at least one year immediately before the submission of application ("overseas" means places outside the Mainland, the HKSAR and the Macao SAR) and that the application is submitted from overseas.

3This entry arrangement does not apply to:

Chinese residents of the Mainland; and

Nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People's Republic of), Nepal and Vietnam.

For detailed information, please refer to the following links of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:

General Employment Policy
Investment as Entrepreneurs
Capital Investment Entrant Scheme

Important Message:

The Government has announced that the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme would be suspended with effect from 15 January 2015 until further notice. The Immigration Department will continue to process applications received on or before 14 January 2015, whether already approved (including approval-in-principle and formal approval) or still being processed.

For details and FAQs

Arrangement for Entry to HK from the Mainland

Article 22(4) of the Basic Law of the HKSAR stipulates that, for entry into the HKSAR, people from other parts of China must apply for approval. The provisions of this Article, in accordance with the Interpretation by the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress in 1999, mean that Mainland residents who wish to enter Hong Kong for whatever reason, must apply to the relevant authorities of their residential districts for approval in accordance with the relevant national laws and administrative regulations, and must hold valid documents issued by the relevant authorities.

For detailed information about Arrangement for Entry to HK from the Mainland, please refer to the following link of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:

Arrangement for entry to Hong Kong from the Mainland
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