Hong Kong is one of the two Special Administrative Regions (HKSAR) of the People's Republic of China (PRC). It used to be a British colony. Hong Kong is an important international financial, service and Shipping Centre in the world and is known for its comprehensive legal system of social integrity, good security, economic freedom, simple and perfect tax system. Hong Kong has been ranked as the world's third largest financial centre on the Global Financial Centre index, ranking first in the world's freest economic system for the 20th consecutive year as the index of economic freedom. Hong Kong is also one of the safest, most affluent, prosperous and longest-lived international metropolises in the world, with a reputation for oriental beads, gourmet paradise, shopping paradise, dynamic Capital and Oriental Manhattan, as well as a spectacular, vast and close country park. The Economist has named Hong Kong "the most liveable city in the world".
• A sound legal system based on common law, transparent rules and regulations;
• Strategic and primary channels for the implementation/absorption of investment and trade activities in the mainland of China;
• The world's freest economies, corporate and personal taxes are low;
• World-class medical facilities and educational institutions.
When submitting an application, the age must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants must demonstrate that they can afford to live and stay on their own and dependants (if any) while living in Hong Kong without relying on public assistance. The applicant shall not have any criminal record or bad entry record, whether in Hong Kong or elsewhere. Applicants must have good writing and speaking skills in Chinese or English (spoken Chinese means Mandarin or Cantonese). Applicants must have a good degree and are generally required to have a university degree awarded by an accredited university or higher education institution. In exceptional circumstances, good technical qualifications, proven professional competence and/or experience and achievements that can be attached to supporting documents may also be taken into account.
General Employment Policy – Professionals
When submitting an application, there is no security reason to refuse the application and the applicant does not have any known serious criminal record; The applicant has a good educational background, usually a bachelor's degree in the relevant field, but in exceptional circumstances, has good technical qualifications, proven professional competence and/or relevant experience and achievements with proof of documentation, It may also be accepted; there is indeed a vacancy; the applicant must have indeed been employed and the work performed is related to his or her academic qualifications or work experience and cannot easily be found by a local; and the remuneration and benefits (including income, housing, medical and other fringe benefits) must be substantially the same as those of the market remuneration of Hong Kong professionals at that time.
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.
Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals
The objective of the Scheme is to attract qualified Mainland talents and professionals to work in the HKSAR in order to meet local manpower needs and enhance the HKSAR's competitiveness in the globalised market. The Mainland talents and professionals must possess special skills and knowledge or experience of value to and not readily available or in shortage locally. Admitted talents and professionals must be able to contribute to the operation of the firms and sectors concerned with a view to facilitating economic development in the HKSAR.
A non-Chinese person who enters Hong Kong with a valid travel document before or after the establishment of the HKSAR and is ordinarily resident in Hong Kong for seven consecutive years and with Hong Kong as its permanent place of residence.
- Ordinarily resident for a period of seven consecutive years must be seven consecutive years immediately prior to the date on which the person applies to the Director of Immigration for permanent resident status in the HKSAR.