OBTAINING AN EMPLOYMENT VISA:
May 10 2019
In order to be eligible for a working visa in Hong Kong, applicants need to have good educational qualifications, no criminal background as well as possession of special skills. Afterwards, applications are carefully and individually analyzed and based on the qualifications of both the employee and the company being employed.
The following outlines La Nao's visa alternatives:
1. Application for a visa in Hong Kong by the scheme Entry for Employment as Professional under the General Employment Policy.
1. Prepare immigration forms and file supporting documents for the sponsor company and applicants.
2. Gather and revision of supporting documents of the applicants and sponsor company.
3. Draft letter of application.
4. File to Immigration Department the application file.
5. Follow up the Immigration Office in charge.
2. Requirements under the Employment as Professional scheme
1. No security objection and no known record of serious crime in respect of the applicant.
2. Good education background, normally a first degree in the relevant field, but in special circumstances, good technical qualifications, proven professional abilities and/or relevant experience and achievements supported by documentary evidence may also be accepted.
3. Genuine job vacancy.
4. Applicant has confirmed offer of employment and is employed in a job relevant to his academic qualifications or work experience that cannot be readily taken up by the local work force.
5. The sponsoring company must have the sufficient mean to subsidize the payment of the salary and variables of the applicant.
3. Information to be provided by sponsoring company:
3.1. Immigration Form ID990B signed (La Nao will prepare).
3.2. Name of the sponsoring Company (the new company).
3.3. Copy of Employment Contract or Employment offer (La Nao will draft one).
3.4. Copy of Incorporation Certificate
3.5. Copy of Business Registration
3.6. The latest (three) bank statements (if any).
3.7. Copy of the last Audit Report (if any).
3.8. A letter of commitment from an equity partner or parent company committing to provide the necessary funds, in case the company does not have the sufficient cash flow to justify the contracting.
3.9. Documentation that shows details on the Company history (brochure, web page, etc.) (if any)
3.10. Detailed business plan giving justifications for hiring the applicant.
3.11. Copy of office lease contract in Hong Kong (can be a rental agreement for shared workplace).
4. Information to be provided by the applicant:
4.1. Immigration Form ID990B signed (La Nao will prepare).
4.2. Recent photograph (passport size).
4.3. Passport copy.
4.4. Copies of academic certificates.
4.5. Curriculum Vitae.
4.6. Reference letter from former employer.
4.7. Residential lease agreement.
Substantial Contribution to the Economy (Details to consider):
5. Business Plan
An applicant who wishes to establish or join in business in Hong Kong should submit a two-year business plan stating the nature of the business, market analysis, market positioning, business direction, sales targets, product marketing strategy, etc. in order to demonstrate that the business is suitable for and capable of developing in Hong Kong. The applicant should also submit a two-year forecast of the profit-and-loss account statement, cash flow statement and balance sheet to demonstrate the feasibility of the business in terms of operation, finances and development.
6. Business Turnover
If the applicant is running relevant business overseas or has joined in a business in Hong Kong, he/she should submit the profit-and-loss account statement and balance sheet showing the business turnover and profit in the previous year. Those who intend to establish business in Hong Kong should submit a two-year forecast or profit-and-loss account statement and balance sheet as mentioned above, including the anticipated business turnover in order to demonstrate the feasibility of the business operation and development.
In assessing and application for entry for investment to establish business in Hong Kong, the Immigration Department will also consider whether the applicant has relevant investment or working experience in the business concerned.
7. Financial Resources
The applicant should submit statements of his/her personal company bank accounts in the previous year and proof of other sources of funding, as well as the company's latest audited financial report (if any) to demonstrate that he/she has sufficient financial resources to run the relevant business in Hong Kong and also support the smooth operation and sustainable growth of the business.
8. Investment Sum
The applicant should submit documentary proof showing the amount of capital investment in Hong Kong. The Immigration Department will consider whether the investment amount is able to support the operation of the business.
9. Number of Jobs Created Locally
The applicant should set out the organizational structure of his/her business and the required number of staff and posts, based on the nature and scale of the business. He/She should indicate the number and level of actual jobs created locally (e.g. managers, administrators, professionals, clerical support staff, etc.).
10. Introduction of New Technology or Skills (if applicable)
The applicant should explain how the new technology or skills to be introduced can inspire creativity in the high-value-added industries in Hong Kong, and whether he/she has taken out patent, contributing to the long-term development of Hong Kong as a knowledge-based economy.
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