How to Move to Hong Kong Without a Job?

Dreaming of starting a new life in the vibrant city of Hong Kong? The latest news on Hong Kong immigration brings exciting changes for job seekers like you. In this blog, we will help you understand the Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme and how you can move to this vibrant city and build your future. 

Hong Kong is known for its fast-paced lifestyle, cultural fusion, and beautiful landscapes, and has been a preferred destination for jobseekers across the world. 

The recent updates to immigration policies are aimed at making the process smoother and more accessible for those looking for a job opportunity in this bustling city.

Latest News: What You Need to Know

Recently, the government of Hong Kong announced that it will ease the immigration rules to address the shortage of workers in the financial hub. 

In 2024, the government has decided to welcome a 9.3% increase in foreign workers from last year. Hence, they decided to ease their entry rules to attract more people to work in their country.

Starting from construction to aviation, the government has decided to recruit thousands of foreign workers in sectors that lack enough labor.

Post-pandemic, the country has been struggling to meet demand due to the labor shortage.

So with this change in the immigration rules, the government is planning to recruit 12,000 people for construction and 6,300 people for the aviation industry.

So if you are someone looking for a job in Hong Kong or someone who works in the construction and aviation industries, this is the best time to move!

The Hong Kong QMAS (Quality Migrant Admission SchemeObjective:

The objective of this scheme is to attract skilled workers to move to Hong Kong and develop their economy.

Applicants must fulfill certain requirements before they can be awarded points under one of the two points-based tests namely, the General Points Test and Achievement Points Based Test. 

However, Successful applicants don’t require a secured offer letter of local employment before moving to Hong Kong for work. 

If your application is selected after everything, then you can take your partner(irrespective of sex) and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18.

Important Note: This scheme does not apply to people from Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Nepal, and Vietnam nations.

Selection Process:

1 – Fulfilling Prerequisites

2 – Points Based Test

3 – Selection Exercise

4 – Issue of Visa Entry/Permit

The Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme Prerequisites:

People who are planning to move to Hong Kong as job seekers must fulfill the below prerequisites.

    • He or she should be at least 18 years of age.
    • Good communication skills, both spoken and written, in English or Chinese
    • The applicant must have a good educational background, basically a first degree from a recognized university or a tertiary educational institution.
    • You must prove your good character by providing a certificate and should not be involved in any illegal activities. Also, you should not have adverse immigration records in Hong Kong or anywhere else.
    • You must have adequate funds to stay in Hong Kong to manage yourself and your dependents, if any.

If you fail to fulfill any of the prerequisites, your application will not be processed further and will be refused immediately.

Once, you meet all the prerequisites, you are now allowed to take a points-based test.

A minimum passing mark is set under the General Points Test.

If you opted for an Achievement-based point test, then check whether your credentials met the minimum passing mark.

Selection exercises will be done regularly, and applicants who satisfy both prerequisites and the minimum passing marks will be ranked according to their achieved scores.

High-scoring applicants will be shortlisted further.

Successful applicants will be issued with a visa or entry permit (in the form of an “e-Visa”) under the Scheme for staying in Hong Kong.

Please refer to the General Points Test & Achievement-based points Test rules here

Benefits of moving to Hong Kong:

Hong Kong is the best place for Immigrants because of several factors.

    • Low Taxation
    • Least Government Interference
    • Life expectancy is high
    • Highest Number of skyscrapers
    • Best travel locations
    • International Financial Market

    • Minimal cost of living

With the ease of Immigration policies, moving to Hong Kong is not that difficult as the government has crafted immigration policies that attract and favor immigrants.

Important Note:

The Director of Immigration has absolute discretion to award points under the two points-based tests to applicants as the Director thinks fit and to approve or refuse any application without giving any reason.

The Scheme or details of the Scheme may also be subject to change as the Director thinks fit without prior notice.

The latest news on Hong Kong Immigration brings hope and positive changes for job seekers who are planning to start a new life in Hong Kong.  

Before you start to apply, take time to research and understand the specific requirements that apply to your situation. Consulting official sources and seeking guidance from immigration experts can help you with the immigration process

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