Employment Situation & Policy

Click on http://www.gov.hk/en/nonresidents/workinghk/employment/ to learn more about job search, recruitment and other employment-related matters in Hong Kong, including labour legislation and guidelines, Mandatory Provident Fund scheme, employees' protection and compensation and so on.

Higher Education Employment Information e-Platform

To strengthen employment support for persons with higher education, particularly Hong Kong students who were educated in tertiary institutes outside Hong Kong, the second generation of Hong Kong emigrants who are interested in working in Hong Kong, as well as persons from overseas with higher academic/professional qualifications, the Hong Kong Labour Department launched the dedicated employment information e-platform named “Higher Education Employment Information e-Platform”. This e-platform aims to enhance their understanding of the Hong Kong employment market as well as search and apply for suitable job openings through the new dedicated webpage. Job seekers who are degree holders are welcomed to use this e-platform.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link:
Higher Education Employment e-Platform

Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals

The objective of the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals is to attract qualified Mainland talents and professionals to work in Hong Kong in order to meet local manpower needs and enhance Hong Kong's competitiveness in the global market. The Mainland talents and professionals must possess professional knowledge and skills that are not readily available or in shortage locally. Admitted talents and professionals must be able to contribute to the operation of the firms and sectors concerned with a view to facilitating the economic development of Hong Kong. The Scheme also caters for the entry of talents and professionals in the arts, culture and sports sectors as well as those in the culinary profession so as to enhance Hong Kong's status as Asia's world city.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:
Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals

Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is an entrant scheme. It is quota-based and seeks to attract highly skilled or talented persons who are fresh entrants not having the right to enter and remain in Hong Kong to settle in Hong Kong in order to enhance Hong Kong's economic competitiveness in the global market. Successful applicants are not required to secure an offer of local employment before their entry to Hong Kong for settlement. All applicants are required to fulfill a set of prerequisites before they can be awarded points under one of the two points-based tests, namely the "General Points Test" and "Achievement-based Points Test", and compete for quota allocation with other applicants. Successful applicants may bring their spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 to Hong Kong provided that they are capable of supporting and accommodating their dependants on their own financial resources without relying on public assistance in Hong Kong.

For detailed information, please refer to the following link of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:
Quality Migrant Admission Scheme

Immigration Arrangements for Non-Local Graduates

Non-local graduates refer to persons from outside the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) who have obtained a degree or higher qualification in a full-time and locally accredited programme in Hong Kong.

Non-local graduates who submit applications to the Immigration Department within six months after the date of their graduation (i.e. the date shown on their graduation certificates) are classified as non-local fresh graduates. Non-local graduates who submit applications beyond six months of the date of their graduation are classified as returning non-local graduates.

Non-local fresh graduates who wish to apply to stay and work in the HKSAR are not required to secure an offer of employment upon application. They may be granted 12 months' stay on time limitation without other conditions of stay provided that normal immigration requirements are met. Those who intend to apply to stay and work in the HKSAR but have not yet secured the graduation result may apply for extension of stay to wait for the promulgation of results. Non-local fresh graduates who have not yet obtained their graduation certificate could apply to stay and work in Hong Kong by producing a proof from the institution confirming that he/she has graduated.

Returning non-local graduates who wish to return to work in the HKSAR are required to secure an offer of employment upon application. The applications will be favourably considered so long as the job is at a level commonly taken up by degree holders and the remuneration package is set at market level. They may be granted 12 months' stay on time limitation without other conditions of stay provided that normal immigration requirements are met.

This immigration arrangement does not apply to:
the Nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Cambodia, Cuba, Laos, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Nepal and Vietnam.
For detailed information, please refer to the following link of the Immigration Department of Hong Kong:
Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates