Hong Kong Employment Visa is a special work permit for hiring skilled foreign employees. It enables employees the right to residency and employment in Hong Kong. There is no quota limiting the number of work visas under this scheme.
In order to apply for a work permit under the employment for professionals scheme, the following eligibility requirements apply:
Completed Employment Visa Application Form
A copy of your Hong Kong identity card (if any)
A copy of valid identification of overseas residence
A copy of educational qualifications and relevant work experience
Passport – If currently in Hong Kong, a photocopy of passport page with latest arrival stamp/Hong Kong dependent visa extension stamp
Documents regarding the company’s background such as business activities, connections, membership of Chamber of Commerce (if any), etc. with documentary evidence such as catalogues, brochures, etc.
If the employer is a newly set up firm within the last 12 months, you must provide a detailed business plan with information on funding sources, estimated capital injection, business activities, expected turnover etc.
A copy of the company’s employment contract or letter of appointment containing information about your post, salaries, other fringe benefits and employment periods
A copy of proof of financial standing of the company such as latest audited financial report, trading profit and loss account, or profit tax return
Application for Employing Professionals in Hong Kong
A copy of the company’s Business Registration Certificate
All documents submitted must be in English or Chinese or translated into such
If you have already been granted a Hong Kong Employment Visa and have been working in Hong Kong and wish to renew your Hong Kong work permit, the process is simple and convenient.
Working in Hong Kong takes consideration and research beyond a Hong Kong Employment Visa application. The Employment Ordinance in Hong Kong provides eligible employees with benefits and protection, including paid statutory holidays and annual leave, sickness allowance, severance payment and employment protection. The Minimum Wage Ordinance has established the Statutory Minimum Wage scheme, which increased the minimum wage of low-income workers to $37.5 per hour since 1 May 2019. In the time period of May to June 2018, the median monthly wage of employees in Hong Kong was $17,500, an increase of 4% compared with the same time period of May-June 2017 the previous year.
The Hong Kong work visa is tied to a specific employer or hiring firm and therefore is not rendered transferable. In the event of an applicant’s wish to change employment yet remain working in Hong Kong, the applicant must complete and file an “Application for Change of Employment” to the Hong Kong Immigration Department. The application for a change of your Hong Kong work permit will only be processed if the employee continues to meet the eligibility criteria. Once successful, the applicant must surrender his/her current work permit and replace this with the newly-issued one by the Immigration Department.
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