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Hong Kong Employment Visa Self-Sponsorship – the Reality for Entrepreneurs Dressed as Employees

April 18th, 2012

Posted by / in Employment Visas, Hadley Says…, Investment Visas / 2 responses


If you are an entrepreneur seeking permissions to join in your own business in Hong Kong, you can’t fudge the issue of the ownership of your own business

No matter how you dress it up, the Hong Kong Immigration Department will treat you as an entrepreneur-investor if your company is less than 2 years old or if you are a shareholder in the business.

There’s simply no getting around it.

Even if you make like you’re just an employee the HKID will apply the investment visa approvability test in any event so they’ll be looking not so much as your special skills knowledge and experience (even though these are important) but at your ability to make a substantial contribution to the economy of Hong Kong.

A much more onerous test for approval.

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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.

  • raza

    14 Oct 2017 pm31 3:29pm

    I want to apply as start-up entrepreneur & i don’t have any local sponsor available .What should I do before applying I have been told by immigration Dept. That I cant apply for visa but for that i have to write down a valid reason why I cant have any sponsor ?

    • The Visa Geeza

      17 Oct 2017 pm31 6:48pm

      It’s not a positive thing not to have a sponsor and I would urge you to seek to find one.


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