Hong Kong Working Visa Application

Hong Kong has established a work permit system in place for hiring skilled employees from overseas, called “Employment for Professionals”. Here below, you may find out the eligibility requirements, application procedures, processing timeline, and other detailed information about the work visa application in Hong Kong.
For foreign individuals who intend to work in Hong Kong, it is not possible for them to do so without an appropriate visa. In order to legally work, or receive training related to work in Hong Kong, legally you must have successfully applied for an employment visa before you arrive.

Guiding you through the employment visa process

Asian Bridge Consulting is here to provide you with detailed and up-to-date information regarding the application for Hong Kong Employment Visas. Please feel free to contact our expert consultants for advice on how to prepare for the work visa application for Hong Kong. Once you get in touch with us, our consultants will try their very best to assist you, and a document checklist will be provided along with an explanation of the reasons for the documents requested.
We will guide you every step, from preparing the documentation to filling in the application forms, and our professional team will take responsibility in handling the administrative work involved in the process diligently.

The basics

For the best chances for eventual approval, applicants must be both qualified and eligible, with a good educational background or specific qualifications, and should possess special skills, knowledge or experience of value to the local economy that may not be readily available in Hong Kong.
As currently established, there is no quota system in place that would place a limit on the number of work visas issued under the scheme. Applications and requests are processed on a case by case basis, by assessing the qualifications of the applicant, as well as those of the employing company by the relevant department.
A successful applicant of the work visa application is normally allowed to work in Hong Kong for a period of 2 years initially, and the work visa is normally renewable after that.

Who is eligible to apply for a Hong Kong working visa?

Whether you are applying on your own behalf or with the assistance of a working visa agency, all applicants should fulfill the eligibility criteria as below:

  • No criminal records or security objections
  • Have a good educational background. (Normally, it is desirable to have at least an undergraduate degree in the relevant field, but documentary evidence of good technical qualifications, relevant professional abilities, achievements and experience may be acceptable as well.)
  • There is genuine job vacancy at the employing company
  • A confirmed employment offer is guaranteed, and the job matches your academic qualifications or working experience
  • The job cannot be readily taken up by the local workforce
  • The remuneration package stipulates income, living/accommodation arrangements, medical and other fringe benefits that are in line with the prevailing market standards in Hong Kong.

Procedures and timeline of a work visa application

The applicant and the employing company can prepare the required documentation in accordance with our consultant’s guidance. After having prepared the necessary documentation required, the application can then be submitted to the Hong Kong Immigration Department, which must be done in person or by post.
Under normal circumstances, the processing of work visa application by the Immigration Department takes about 4 to 6 weeks. Sometimes the Immigration Department may request for further documentation to support the case if necessary.
Once your application has been approved, a visa/entry permit label will then be issued to the applicant and it must be attached on a blank page inside the applicant’s passport, and be properly presented to the immigration officer upon arrival in Hong Kong.
Please note that most work permits issued are initially valid for a period of 2 years. Alternatively, if the application was unsuccessful or rejected, there are procedures in place where an appeal can be filed with the relevant authorities.

Working visa extensions/renewals for Hong Kong

Working visa extensions or renewal applications can be submitted by the holder of a valid working visa in Hong Kong who wishes to continue his/her career in Hong Kong, if their employment conditions in Hong Kong is continued as well. Normally, the first issued work visa will be valid for 24 months (2 years), and applicants are advised to apply for a working visa renewal in Hong Kong within 4 weeks before the current visa is set to expire.
Upon a successful Hong Kong working visa extension or renewal application, normally you will be issued with a new visa that is valid for 3 years, and can be done so quite conveniently through your current employer.
Please take note that the working visa for Hong Kong will automatically expire in accordance with the validity period of the passport, and it is fundamental to check the expiration date of the passport before applying. If your passport is not overdue, you may apply for a passport renewal at the relevant embassy in Hong Kong.

We’re here to help

We understand that it can be quite overwhelming to get everything in order when applying, this is also the key reason why many individuals and businesses tend to seek professional assistance from a working visa agency in Hong Kong for the process.
It’s always better to leave it to the professionals, and please do not hesitate to contact our HK Employment Visa team at +852 2772 2128 or via our email cs3@asianbridgeconsulting.com.

TEL : +852-2772-2128  MAIL : cs3@asianbridgeconsulting.com

TEL : +852-2772-2128
MAIL : cs3@asianbridgeconsulting.com