Hong Kong’s General Employment Policy: Entering the HKSAR

16 Sep 2021


What is it?

The General Employment Policy (GEP) is for persons who wish to enter/stay in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for employment as professionals.

Applicants who possess special skills, knowledge, or experience of value to and are not readily available in the HKSAR may apply for a visa/entry permit to come to work under the GEP.

The GEP is quota-free and non-sector specific.

This entry arrangement, however, does not apply to:

  1. Chinese residents of the Mainland; and
  2. Nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Nepal, and Vietnam.

Eligibility Criteria

To be favourably considered for a visa/entry permit, applicants should take note of the following:

  1. The applicant should not have any security objection and no record of serious crime
  2. The applicant has a good education background, normally a first degree in the relevant field, but in special circumstances, good technical qualifications, proven professional abilities, and/or relevant experience and achievements supported by documentary evidence may also be accepted;
  3. There is a genuine job vacancy;
  4. The applicant has a confirmed offer of employment and is employed in a job relevant to his academic qualifications or work experience that cannot be readily taken up by the local workforce; and 
  5. The remuneration package including income, accommodation, medical, and other fringe benefits is broadly commensurate with the prevailing market level for professionals in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR).