Hong Kong is one of the best cities in the world to be an entrepreneur, however if you are not from Hong Kong or eligible to work within the country, then you will need to follow a strict visa application process and meet all requirement to secure appropriate sponsorship.
At FastLane, we can offer expert advice for entrepreneurs, SMEs and Start-Ups in Hong Kong who wish to apply. If you need assistance to help navigate the complex process and submission of work visas, FastLane can offer guidance for requirements, submission and improve the chance of successful applications.
We can help with an “Entry for Investment” policy for foreign entrepreneurs. If you can prove that your business you will benefit the Hong Kong economy, then you can come in with spouse and unmarried dependent children. Visas are renewed yearly and permanent residency after seven years is achievable, which is great in Hong Kong’s attractive tax environment.
Before applying you must incorporate your Hong Kong company first. Documents required (aside from the application form) include; passport copy and page of the stamp upon which you arrived, proof of academic qualifications and overseas residence information, details of your work experience and copy of current employment, and Business Registration Certificate obtained from the Inland Revenue Department.
You also need to have a local sponsor – company or an individual, who will need to supply their application form, and (in the case of a company), the relevant Business Registration Certificate.
*If it is an individual they need to complete an application, provide their Hong Kong identity card and personal particulars page of their passport.
It also helps to have applied to some of the following government sponsored programmes: Incu-App, Incu-Bio and Incu-Tech programmes administered by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation; Cyberport Incubation Programme; Enterprise Support Scheme administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission; and Design Incubation Programme administered by the Hong Kong Design Centre.
Depending on your background, the HKSAR also has an Investment Visa eligible for major shareholders of companies, Quality Migrant Admission Scheme and Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS).
While applying for a visa is not rocket science, it helps when you have somebody by your side to smooth the process, which is what makes us your ideal partner.
If you would like learn more about the process of work visas in Hong Kong please get in touch with one of our specialist advisors and we will be pleased to share our advice for application!