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General Employment Policy (“GEP”)

Unless explicitly stated otherwise, the references to the employment (or work) visa application in this document pertain to visa applications for professional employment under the General Employment Policy and the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals.


Generally, individuals lacking the right of abode or right to land in Hong Kong must secure a visa permit to work in the region. Those wishing to engage in short-term or long-term employment (paid or unpaid) in Hong Kong must obtain an employment visa/permit from the Hong Kong Immigration Department prior to commencing employment.


Through the General Employment Policy (“GEP”) and the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (“ASMTP”), individuals, both foreigners and Chinese residents from Mainland China, possessing unique skills, knowledge, or experience deemed valuable and not readily accessible in Hong Kong, can apply to work as professionals.


The GEP does not apply to Chinese residents of Mainland China; instead, they can seek employment in Hong Kong under the dedicated Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (“ASMTP”).


Alternatively, foreigners aiming to establish or join a business and subsequently engage in employment sponsored by their own business in Hong Kong can apply for a work visa/permit under the Investment as Entrepreneurs scheme under GEP. Detailed information can be found in our Hong Kong Investment as Entrepreneurs Work Visa Procedures and Fees.


Both the GEP and ASMTP work visas are quota-free and not restricted to specific sectors. All professionals meeting the eligibility criteria outlined in Section 2 of this document can apply for an employment visa in Hong Kong.


Applicants admitted to Hong Kong for employment under the aforementioned visa schemes may also apply for a dependent visa for their spouse or unmarried dependent child(ren) under the age of 18. It is important to note that work visa holders may apply for the right of abode in Hong Kong in accordance with the law if they have continuously resided in Hong Kong for a period of not less than seven (7) years.

General Employment Policy (GEP)

Hong Kong Work Visa Application Fees

Our charge for managing the standard employment visa application for foreign individuals seeking to work in Hong Kong is HKD9,980. An additional fee of HKD4,990 is applicable for each dependent visa. For corporate pricing inquiries, please reach out to Countrywide Visas and Immigration team at


Specifically, our fees encompass the following services:

1. Continuous guidance throughout the work visa application process in Hong Kong.

2. Assistance in preparing the necessary documentation.

3. Review of application documents submitted by the applicant(s) and the employing company.

4. Preparation of authorization letter(s) and application form(s).

5. Submission of the application to the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

6. Coordination with the Hong Kong Immigration Department regarding the application.

7. Regular updates on the application status provided to the client.

8. Facilitation of fee payments and retrieval of the approved work visa.

9. Dispatch of the work visa to the client’s designated address.

10. Support and advice in the application process for Hong Kong ID cards.


The mentioned fees cover the government fee. The stated fees do not include any delivery charges, if applicable.

Requirements for Eligibility

To be eligible for an employment visa, applicants must satisfy the following criteria:

1. The applicant should have a clean record without any criminal history or security objections.

2. A strong educational background is essential. Typically, applicants are encouraged to hold at least an undergraduate degree in the relevant field. However, in the absence of such a degree, the submission of documentary evidence demonstrating commendable technical qualifications, relevant professional skills, achievements, and experience may be considered.

3. There must be a legitimate job vacancy within the employing company.

4. The applicant should have received a confirmed employment offer, and the offered position should align with their academic qualifications and/or work experience. The job should not be easily filled by the local workforce.

5. The remuneration package, encompassing salary, accommodation, medical benefits, and other perks, should meet the prevailing market standards in Hong Kong.


It’s important to note that the eligibility criteria mentioned above are subject to change by the Immigration Department without prior notice. For the latest information, please consult with CountrywideVisas and Immigration team.

Payment Terms and Methods

CountrywideVisas accepts payment in Hong Kong Dollars via check, cash, or TT (Telegraphic Transfer), as well as credit card payments through PayPal. Please note that if payment is made through PayPal, an additional 5% service fee will be applied. Upon receiving your order, we will generate an invoice for your settlement. In accordance with the nature of our services, full payment must be made in advance, and no refunds can be processed once services have been provided.


For those requiring an official tax invoice in China or Taiwan, Value-Added Tax or Business Tax will be charged at the prevailing rate in the respective jurisdiction.

Procedures and Schedule:

Typically, the processing duration for a work visa application is approximately 4-8 weeks following the submission of a comprehensive application package to the Hong Kong Immigration Department. The department will scrutinize the provided information and may request additional supporting documents, potentially extending the processing time.


If the application receives approval, the Hong Kong Immigration Department will issue an Entry Permit. The applicant or an authorized representative must personally collect this permit from the immigration office. In the event of a work visa application rejection, an appeal can be lodged with the Department.


Upon obtaining the Entry Permit, the applicant can travel to Hong Kong, presenting the original Entry Permit to commence the intended employment. For Permit Holders allowed to stay in Hong Kong for over 180 days, it is mandatory to register for a Hong Kong identity card (HKID) within 30 days of arrival.

Procedures and Schedule:

To facilitate the processing of the Hong Kong employment visa application, the applicant must furnish the following documents and information:

1. Business registration certificate of the employing company.

2. Comprehensive details of the authorized person of the employing company.

3. Copy of the employment contract or letter of appointment, encompassing details such as the position, salary, and additional fringe benefits.

4. A letter providing a thorough job description.

5. Certificates of academic and professional qualifications for the applicant, along with proof of previous employment.

6. An explanatory letter outlining the reasons why the position to be undertaken by the applicant cannot be filled locally.


All submitted documents must be in English or Chinese, or translated into English or Chinese by a certified translation body.

For a comprehensive checklist of the necessary supporting documents, please consult our “Documents Checklist for Hong Kong Work Visa Application” or request it from CountrywideVisas and Immigration team at It is important to note that the Hong Kong Immigration Department retains the right to request additional documents from the applicant or the employing company as and when deemed necessary

Work Visa Validity:

Initial work visas are typically valid for up to three (3) years, depending on the terms of employment or the duration specified in the employment contract, whichever is shorter.

Work visa/permit holders can request an extension within four (4) weeks before their current stay limit expires. Approval for such extensions is contingent upon applicants maintaining eligibility under the relevant visa application scheme. If granted, the extension will generally follow a 3-2 years pattern as determined by the Immigration Department, subject to the underlying employment conditions or the duration of the employment contract, whichever is shorter.

Professionals admitted under the employment visa schemes outlined in this document must adhere to approved employment conditions as specified by the Director of Immigration. If a visa holder wishes to change their employment or employer, prior approval from the Hong Kong Immigration Department is required, even if the current work visa has not yet expired. Favorable consideration of such applications is possible if applicants continue to meet the eligibility criteria of the relevant visa application scheme.


FAQs about Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

Q: How does the General Employment Policy promote diversity in hiring?

A: The policy mandates fair hiring practices, emphasizing equal opportunities for all candidates, fostering a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Q: Can an employer terminate an employee without cause?

A: While some jurisdictions allow termination without cause, it’s crucial to align such actions with the General Employment Policy, ensuring fairness and adherence to legal requirements.

Q: What should an employee do if they feel unfairly evaluated during a performance appraisal?

A: Employees are encouraged to follow the grievance redressal process outlined in the General Employment Policy, providing a platform to address concerns and seek resolution.

Q: How often should the General Employment Policy be reviewed and updated?

A: Regular reviews, at least annually, are advisable to ensure the policy aligns with evolving legal standards and reflects the current state of the organization.

Q: Are there specific guidelines for remote work in the General Employment Policy?

A: Yes, the policy should encompass clear guidelines for remote work, addressing expectations, communication protocols, and cybersecurity measures.

Countrywide Visas Office in Delhi

Head Office - Countrywide Visas

1411, 14th Floor, Devika Tower 6, Nehru Place – 110019

Feel free to reach out to us either by contacting our office or visiting in person for top-notch assistance with immigration consultation, guidance on overseas career processes, and permanent residency.

Countrywide Visas stands as the leading immigration consultant in Delhi, renowned for our exceptional services. Our journey commenced in 2015 with the mission of providing accurate information and lawful documentation guidance to eager individuals.

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