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Hong Kong Immigration Policy | 2015 Enhancement Measures Come Into Effect | What It Means For You

May 6th, 2015

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On Monday May 4, the Hong Kong Immigration Department 2015 Enhancement Measures officially came into effect.

2015 Enhancement Measures

I will be in the studio this weekend recording more details but for now, it’s a case of puff and fizzle rather than crash and boom!

I will be posting updates frequently on what we learn and the Hong Kong Visa Handbook is presently undergoing an update edit to bring it all into line with the 2015 adjustments.

In 2015, the Hong Kong Immigration Department introduced Enhancement Measures that specifically focused on the general employment policy, the Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals (ASMTP), and other work-related visas. These measures aimed to streamline and expedite the visa application process, encourage the employment of local talent, and attract highly skilled individuals from mainland China and abroad.

For the general employment policy, one of the key changes introduced was the extension of the validity period for employment visas. Eligible applicants were granted a longer period of stay, providing both employers and employees with increased flexibility and stability. This change reduced the administrative burden of frequent visa renewals and allowed employees to focus more on their work.

In relation to ASMTP, the 2015 Enhancement Measures specifically targeted talents and professionals from mainland China. The measures expanded the range of professions under ASMTP and simplified the application process, making it easier for eligible individuals to work in Hong Kong. This change aimed to attract valuable talent from mainland China and contribute to the city’s economic growth.

In an effort to enhance the employment protection of local workers, the Immigration Department introduced additional measures to combat the hiring of illegal workers and ensure employers were abiding by the law. Employers were required to conduct certain pre-employment checks and report changes in employee status to the Immigration Department. These measures aimed to deter the illegal employment of workers and protect the rights and interests of local employees.

The Enhancement Measures also addressed work-related visas such as the Training Visa and the Working Holiday Scheme. The Training Visa requirements were modified to allow eligible applicants to undertake practical training in Hong Kong relevant to their field of study or work. This change provided opportunities for individuals to enhance their skills and knowledge while promoting cultural exchange.

Furthermore, the Working Holiday Scheme was expanded to include more countries and territories, allowing young people from abroad to experience the culture and work in Hong Kong for a limited period. This scheme aimed to promote bilateral ties and cultural exchange while providing young participants with valuable work experience in an international environment.

In conclusion, the 2015 Enhancement Measures in relation to the general employment policy, ASMTP, and other work-related visas provided significant changes to streamline the visa application process, attract talent from mainland China and abroad, protect the employment rights of local workers, and promote cultural exchange through training and working opportunities in Hong Kong. These measures aimed to strengthen the city’s workforce and contribute to its economic development

Overview Information on the 2015 Enhancement Measures

Discussing the 2015 Enhancement Measures on RTHK Radio 3

2015 Enhancement Measures Shakeup – Big Earners Do Well!

The Brightest & the Best for QMAS Do Well in the 2015 Enhancement Measures

2015 Enhancement Measures Implement ASSG!

Business Investment Visas Split Into 2 Streams in the 2015 Enhancement Measures


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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.



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