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Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme Visa

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is a point-based entrant scheme which allows skilled persons to enter Hong Kong for work. In order to enter the country you have to satisfy a few primary prerequisites. This scheme entitles a maximum of 1000 applicants to enter Hong Kong. You are allowed to bring your spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 to Hong Kong under the Dependent Visa scheme. This visa allows you to enter Hong Kong without a job offer and stay permanently with your family.

The Hong Kong QMAS Visa is a work visa that allows professionals to work in Hong Kong. To continue your job search under the QMAS category, you must be on the list of highly-skilled professionals.

QMAS focuses on selection patterns that are based on points. Individuals and families interested in relocating to Hong Kong must first obtain the necessary points before applying for a visa.


Skilled Professionals list (2021), Hong Kong

  1. Driving & Logistics
  2. Construction
  3. Sales & Marketing
  4. Account & Finance
  5. Management/ Executive
  6. IT
  7. Engineering
  8. Office Management
  9. Skilled Trades
  10. Technicians

Eligibility Criteria to Qualify for a QMAS visa

To be eligible for this visa program, you must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  1. Your Age: Your age should be between 18 - 50 years
  2. Educational Qualification: A first-class Bachelors or Masters degree from a recognized University
  3. Work Experience: work experience of at least 2 years
  4. Language Proficiency: The IELTS/TOEFL exam (with basic level) is required to prove language proficiency
  5. Family Background: Immediate family member accompanying or living in Hong Kong
  6. Financial requirement: You have to meet all the financial requirements of the immigration process
  7. Points based test: You must score minimum points under General Points Based Test

What are the Minimum Points Needed to Qualify?

To migrate to Hong Kong as a permanent resident, you need to score 80 out of 100 points. These points are allotted on the basis of certain factors like:

  1. Age
  2. Educational Qualification
  3. Work Experience
  4. English Language Skills

The Hong Kong Points Calculator

Factors Points
Age 30 Points (Maximum)
18-39 30 Points
40-44 20 Points
45-50 10 Points
Academic/Professional Qualifications 70 points(Maximum)
PhD / 2 or more master's degrees 40 Points
Master's Degree / 2 or more bachelor's degrees 20 Points
Bachelor's Degree / Professional Qualification awarded by a nationally or internationally recognized 10 Points
Additional points if a degree at bachelor level or higher is awarded by a renowned organization recognized internationally 30 Points
Work Experience 55 Points (Maximum)
At least 5 years in a senior role in not less than 10 years graduate or specialist level 40 Points
At least 2 years in a senior role in Not less than 5 years graduate or specialist level 30 Points
Specialist level work experience in not less than 5 years 15 Points
Specialist level work experience in not less than 2 years 5 Points
Specialist level work experience with international exposure in not less than 2 years (Additional score) 15 Points
Talent List 30 Points (Maximum)
Additional points by meeting specifications of the respective profession 30 Points
Language Proficiency 20 Points (Maximum)
Proficient in both in written and spoken Chinese and English 20 Points
Proficient in at least one foreign language 15 Points
Being proficient in written and spoken Chinese or English 10
Family Background 20 Points (Maximum)
At least one immediate family member residing in Hong Kong permanently 5
Accompanying a married spouse is having equivalent degree or more 5
5 points for each dependent child under the age of 18 5 (Maximum Points: 10)

Documents Required for HK-QMAS Visa:

To be qualified to apply, you must have the following documents:

  1. An application form either in English or Chinese
  2. A photocopy of the passport's personal selection page
  3. A photocopy of the Republic of China's identity card (if any, if applicable)
  4. Duly filled visa application form with all other supporting documents
  5. A photocopy of personal annual income (Bank statements or statements, showing the current market value of your investment)
  6. Language test result (TOEFL or IELTS) to prove your efficiency in English or Chinese
  7. A photocopy of academic qualifications from the educational institution, such as graduation certificates or academic records (and the technical qualifications)
  8. A photocopy of the proof of your job experience, such as your employment letter or contract, is required along with Bank Statement, Salary slips etc.
  9. Documents that are in regional language should be translated to English or Chinese

Processing Time for HK-QMAS Immigration

The visa might take 8 to 12 weeks to process, depending on various factors:

  1. Every draw has different cutoff points.
  2. The Immigration Department in Hong Kong conducts a visa interview as part of this process.
  3. The visa type and personal information may differ from one person to the next.

How to apply for Hong Kong QMAS Visa in India?

Please follow the below mentioned methods to apply for your visa:

Submit your documents

Submit your documents for evaluation of your educational credentials. This is done to see if your academic credentials fulfill Hong Kong's educational standards.

Fill your application

You'll need to get your application form ready. This form must be attested and accompanied by supporting documentation.

Submit your application

After that, this application is added to a pool of applications. All applications submitted by international nationals are held in this pool.

Application Selection

The Hong Kong immigration authorities will also conduct a quota allocation selection procedure. In general, a draw is held to pick the applications with the highest rating for the given time period.

Interview call

You will receive an invitation to apply once your visa application has been selected. Approval-in-principle is the term for this. This Approval-in-Principle signifies that you have met all of the requirements for a Hong Kong Work Permit and that the authorities have invited you for an interview.

Attend interview

You are required to attend this interview with immigration authorities in Hong Kong.

Fee payment

If you qualify through the interview, you will be asked to complete the remaining formalities and make the visa fee payment.


FAQs

Yes, you are allowed to bring a dependent with you to Hong Kong. You can bring your spouse and unmarried dependent children (below the age of 18) into Hong Kong if you have a QMAS permit. All you have to do is apply for a dependent visa.

The QMAS visa is normally granted for a period of one year. You can renew your visa before it expires if you have it for more than a year. In case you want to extend the visa which you got through the General Points system, you have to gain employment in Hong Kong within the first year.

If you entered Hong Kong under the Achievement-based Points system, you must be able to demonstrate that you are financially capable of sustaining yourself and your dependents (if any).


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