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General Employment Policy (GEP)

Recommendation Index: 4*
Residence requirement: None
Processing cycle: 2-4 months
Status type: Hong Kong resident status
Investment Type: No investment required

Project Introduction

Hong Kong's General Employment Policy (GEP), also known as "work visas", aims to attract high-calibre people from different industries and professions to work in Hong Kong to meet the SAR's needs for talent and enhance its competitiveness in the international market.

These professionals must possess special skills, knowledge or experience that are needed but not readily available in Hong Kong to contribute to the day-to-day operation of Hong Kong enterprises and related industries in order to support the high value-added and diversified development of the Hong Kong economy.


On 16 May 2023, the Hong Kong Government announced the expansion of the Talent List to cover 51 professional trades in nine industry sectors, including business support; creative industries, arts and culture, performing arts; development and construction; environmental technology services; financial services; medical services; innovation and technology; legal and dispute resolution services; and maritime services. The policy objective is to enrich Hong Kong's talent pool to meet the needs of socio-economic development. The expanded list will help us to attract more high-calibre talent to support the quality development of Hong Kong's economy and society.

  • No quota and no industry restrictions

  • Spouse and unmarried children under 18 years of age can come to Hong Kong together with a single applicant

  • No restrictions on spouse's employment and children can come to Hong Kong to study

  • Enjoy the same medical, education and other benefits as local residents

Project Advantages

Application Requirements

  • Applicants are 18 years of age or older at the time of application submission

  • No security reasons for refusal of application and no known serious criminal record

  • have good educational background, technical qualifications, proven professional competence and/or documented relevant experience and achievements are also acceptable

  • have a confirmed offer of employment prior to application, in a job that is relevant to their academic qualifications or work experience and not readily available to locals

  • the remuneration package (including income, housing, medical and other fringe benefits) must be broadly comparable to that of the prevailing market for professionals in Hong Kong

1.Free consultation

2. Signing of the commissioning contract

3. Get hired in Hong Kong


6. Obtain an entry endorsement

5. Receive official approval letter

4. Submit Application

7. Apply for HKSAR Resident Identity Card

8. Work in Hong Kong

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Is a Hong Kong company recently established eligible to apply? What documents do I need to provide?

A: If the applicant can provide a business plan for the Hong Kong company and relevant documents to prove that the plan can promote the long-term economic development of the HKSAR and create local employment opportunities, the applicant may be allowed to come to Hong Kong for a short period of time to work in order to implement the business plan.

Q: What is the duration of the business development plan required to be provided under the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals / General Employment Policy for newly established companies in Hong Kong?

A: There is no mandatory time frame for the business development plan under the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP) / General Employment Policy (GEP). However, the plan must show that the company will make long-term investment and commitment to develop the business in Hong Kong. 

Q: Is there a minimum number of days to stay in Hong Kong in a year to work under the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals / General Employment Policy?

A: The Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals does not stipulate a minimum number of days of stay in Hong Kong within one year. However, the appointee should be engaged in the relevant work mainly in the Hong Kong SAR rather than overseas or in the Mainland.

This entry arrangement is not applicable to
Ø Chinese residents in the Mainland; and
Nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea, Nepal and Vietnam.

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