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Guide to Working in Hong Kong

Guide to Working in Hong Kong | Bestar
Guide to Working in Hong Kong | Bestar

Guide to Working in Hong Kong

Here's a guide to get you started on working in Hong Kong:

Visas and Permits:

  • Work Visa: You'll need a work visa to be legally employed.  Hong Kong has a General Employment Policy (GEP) for work permits, but meeting the requirements can be challenging. Employers typically handle the application process if they sponsor you [Guide to Hiring Employees in Hong Kong]. There are also visas for self-employed individuals.

Work Permits Requirements

Obtaining a work permit in Hong Kong typically involves the General Employment Policy (GEP). Here's a breakdown of the requirements:

Eligibility (For You):

  • Clean Criminal Record: You cannot have any criminal convictions or security concerns.

  • Education and Experience: You should possess a good educational background, usually a university degree relevant to the job you're applying for. In some cases, proven professional experience or relevant qualifications can substitute for a degree.

  • Genuine Job Offer: The job vacancy must be real and not a sham to obtain a visa.

  • Matching Qualifications: Your qualifications and experience should align with the offered position.

  • Market-Competitive Salary: The offered salary and benefits package should be in line with what someone in your field would typically earn in Hong Kong.

  • Local Labor Market Test: The employer must demonstrate they've tried recruiting a local candidate for the position before offering it to someone requiring a work visa.

Required Documents (From You):

  • Completed Work Visa Application Form

  • Copy of your passport's biographical information page

  • Proof of your residence outside of Hong Kong (if applicable)

  • Documentation verifying your educational qualifications and relevant work experience

Required Documents (From Employer):

  • Completed Employer Application Form

  • Employment contract or letter of appointment outlining the position, salary, benefits, and employment duration

  • Business Registration Certificate

  • Proof of the company's financial standing

  • Documents providing information on the company background

Additional Points:

  • The entire application process is usually handled by your employer if they are sponsoring your work visa.

  • There are alternative work visa schemes available besides the GEP,  such as the Top Talent Pass Scheme for highly qualified individuals.

Visas for Self-Employed Individuals

There isn't a straightforward "self-employment visa" in Hong Kong. However, there is a program designed for entrepreneurs seeking to establish or join a business in the territory: The Entry for Investment scheme, also known as the Investment as Entrepreneurs scheme.

Here's what you need to know about this visa option:

  • Eligibility: This program targets individuals who can demonstrate their business will make a significant contribution to the economy of Hong Kong. This could involve factors like creating jobs, attracting investment, or introducing new technology.

  • Sponsor Requirement: Unlike some work visas, you'll need a local sponsor to endorse your application. This sponsor can be a company or an individual who is a Hong Kong resident and vouches for your business venture.

  • Financial Requirements: While there's no set minimum investment amount, you'll need to show you have sufficient funds to support yourself and establish your business.

The application process typically involves:

  • Submitting a detailed business plan outlining your venture's goals, operations, and potential economic contribution.

  • Providing evidence of your relevant qualifications and experience in the field.

  • Securing a local sponsor and their supporting documentation.

Here are some resources for further exploration:

Additional Considerations:

  • This program is more competitive than traditional work visas and requires a strong business case.

  • Legal and professional guidance throughout the application process is highly recommended due to the complexities involved.

Finding a Job:

  • Job Search: Start your job hunt before you move if possible. Leverage online resources and professional networks to find opportunities.

Cost of Living:

  • Accommodation: Hong Kong is known for its high cost of living, especially regarding housing. Research neighborhoods and types of accommodation that fit your budget.

Work Culture:

  • Long Hours: Be prepared for a demanding work environment. Long hours and working some Saturdays are common.

Here are some resources for you to delve deeper:

  • Government Resources: The Immigration Department website has details on visas and the application process

How Bestar can Help

Bestar is able to assist you with some of the initial steps of working in Hong Kong, particularly those related to business setup and compliance. Here's how our services might align with your needs:

  • Company Registration: If you're planning to open your own business in Hong Kong, Bestar offers company registration services. This can streamline the process and ensure you comply with regulations.

  • Work Visa Sponsorship: Bestar offers support to employers in handling work visa applications for sponsored employees. We are able to provide guidance or act as a liaison.

  • General Business Compliance: Bestar offers corporate secretarial services which can help ensure your business adheres to ongoing Hong Kong regulations. This can be helpful, especially if you're unfamiliar with the local business environment.

Reach out to Bestar to inquire about our specific services related to working in Hong Kong. We might have additional offerings or clarifications on how we can assist you.


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