The Employment Visa in Hong Kong is a special Working Visa or Permit that allows non-Hong Kong professionals to legally work in Hong Kong. With regards to our professional services relating to Work Visa or Permits for Mainland Chinese, please refer to the dedicated page for Mainland Talents & Professionals Visa.
Under the current policy, an unlimited number of Working Visa / Work Permit in Hong Kong are issued to foreign professionals by the Immigration Department of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) each year.
Foreigners who are currently working and living in Hong Kong, if you are changing to a new job with a new employer, there will be a "change of sponsor" to your Visa. In this case you will require to obtain a new Working Visa.
What Our Working Visa Agency Can Do For You
Boötes Services Limited is a professional Working Visa / Employment Visa Agency in Hong Kong. We offer our expertise and application services for all new visa applications, as well as for cases of visa renewals, extensions and change of sponsor.
After we receive a case, a dedicated agent will be appointed to the case who is responsible for the whole visa application process. Our agents are professional and are committed to handling and coordinating all logistics for our clients’ cases for a compete peace of mind. It is most important that our agents deal with every single case in a timely and efficient manner to avoid any delays in the procedure.
Our dedicated agent is in charge of directly contacting the employers and applicants involved to ensure all required information and documentations are gathered by certain due dates. In special cases, it is also our agents’ duties to directly contact Officers from the Immigration Department in order to make all visa applications are processed as smooth as possible.
Services on application for working visa extension / employment visa renewal for Hong Kong are also available.
Immediate family members of the Employment / Work visa holders can relocate to Hong Kong with a valid Hong Kong Dependent Visa.
To be eligible for a working visa for Hong Kong, the applicant should not have any past records of serious offenses/crimes or security objections. The applicant must have proof that he/she is educationally qualified for his/her profession with certain skills, knowledge and/or experience that are not easily found in the Hong Kong job market. The applicant must also have a valid employment agreement/contract clearly stating information about job title, job description, remuneration and contract period.
Please note that the eligibility criteria may be subjected to change from time-to-time.
Required Forms & Documents for a Hong Kong Employment Visa Application
Applicants to provide:
Applicants’ Hong Kong employers to provide:
* Note that the Immigration Department may request for additional supporting documents and information from the applicants and/or the employers when applications are being assessed.
An Approved Hong Kong Employment Visa
Whether the submitted application will be approved, it is determined by the applicant’s qualifications and/or work experiences, also his/her employing company. All submitted applications will be evaluated in detail by the Immigration Department of HKSAR. The validity period of an approved visa is usually for one year, and a working visa renewal in Hong Kong may be arranged accordingly.
Once the working visa application of Hong Kong has been approved, the applicant will be issued the “Entry Permit” label, which must be collected in person from the Immigration Department by an authorised agent who is a Hong Kong Identity card holder. The valid “Entry Permit” label is required to be affixed on a blank page of the applicant's passport when he/she is entering Hong Kong.
The standard processing time for a Hong Kong Employment Visa application is expected to be 4 to 6 weeks by the Immigration Department.
The Director of Immigration reserves all rights to approve or to reject an Employment Visa application. In the case when an application is unsuccessful, an appeal can be filed as a next step with the appropriate authorities.
Note to both employers and employees, a new Hong Kong Employment Visa is required if there is a change of employment.