Hong Kong Work Permits

A Contractor's Guide to Work Permits: 

Immigration is one of the primary concerns for any contractor hoping to start working in Hong Kong. Permanent employees will find it easy to get their Hong Kong work permit because they’ll receive “sponsorship” for their entire stay from their prospective employer.

The Hong Kong work permit, known more commonly as a Working Holiday Visa or General Employment Policy Visa, is dependent on this sponsorship because it confirms that you’ll be earning money during your stay in the country. Contracting in Hong Kong is more difficult because the work permit is tied to one employer, so you have to change it to suit each new contract. Thankfully, umbrella companies provide a convenient and effective solution to this issue.

How Can Umbrella Companies Help You Get a Work Permit in : 

As your permanent employer, umbrella companies are able to sponsor you for your Hong Kong Visa provided they’re on the register of approved sponsors. Many different companies offer this service, because it makes contracting in Hong Kong infinitely simpler and saves you the hassle of continuous paperwork. Instead of changing your work permit every time you get a new contract, you can just work how you ordinarily would under the same permit. They protect you from the bureaucratic “rain” of legal compliance with the Hong Kong immigration authorities. They can even deal with the Hong Kong Embassy directly. 

Through their service you may be able to use a business visa to get started quickly and then transition to a work visa in Hong Kong. It depends on your specific visa requirements. Be aware you may have to register for a residence permit in Hong Kong.

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Question and Answers about Work Permits in Hong Kong

Q: Is it possible for a foreign national to be sponsored on a Work Permit in Hong Kong?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to get a Hong Kong Work Permit?
A: 3-4 weeks

Q: What is the visa process?
A: Candidate provides company sponsoring the visa with the requisite documentation (passport photos, contracts, certifications, copy of their passport etc), sponsor lodges the application in Hong Kong and once approved sends the Work Permit to the candidate and it is then validated at the HK Consulate in the candidates home country.

Q: What documentation is required from the candidate?
A: Copy of the candidates passport, passport photos, copies of degree/diploma certificates, contract.

Q: How much does it cost?
A: $500 USD

Q: Can you transfer from a Business Visa to a Work Permit in Hong Kong
A: Depends on your nationality.

Common Questions and Answers about Business Visas in Hong Kong

Q: Can you organise business visas for Hong Kong?
A: Yes

Q: How long does it take to process?
A: 2-3 days

Q: How much does a business visa in Hong Kong cost?
A: $250 USD

Q: Can nationals of certain countries enter Hong Kong without a Business Visa? For example on an entry visa or visa waiver?
A: Yes. Nationals of about 170 countries and territories may visit Hong Kong visa-free for a period ranging from 7 days to 180 days

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