Application process of Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)
The Hong Kong QMAS (Quality Migrant Admission Scheme) is a quota-based entrant scheme that seeks to attract highly talented or skilled workers in order to boost Hong Kong’s economic competitiveness. Applicants who are successful in securing the Hong Kong QMAS Visa need not have an offer of local employment prior to entering the country for settlement. Hence it is a very fetching option for skilled professionals looking for Hong Kong Immigration.
There are two points-based tests – GPT (General Points Test) and APT (Achievement-based Points Test) through which the applicants can gain points and compete for the allocation of quota with other applicants. However, there are a set of prerequisites that the applicants need to fulfill before taking the test.
A Hong Kong QMAS Visa holder can bring their spouse and their unmarried children below 18 to Hong Kong. However, the applicant needs to be capable of accommodating and supporting their dependants without depending on Hong Kong’s public assistance.
The Hong Kong QMAS Visa is not applicable to nationals of Cambodia, Afghanistan, Laos, Cuba, Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of), Vietnam and Nepal.
Stage 1: Prerequisites
A set of prerequisites need to be fulfilled by all the applicants before they can gain points under any of the two points-based tests.
Stage 2: Points-based test
After meeting all the prerequisites, the applicants can choose to be assessed under either a GPT or APT. There are 1-point scoring factor under the APT and 5-point scoring factors under the GPT.
Under the GPT, a minimum pass mark is set. People who choose the GPT category are advised to assess the credentials before submitting an application to see if they meet the minimum passing mark.
Stage 3: Selection exercise
For quota allocation, selection exercises will be done regularly. During every selection exercise, applicants will be ranked according to the scores awarded. Applicants with high scores will be short-listed for additional assessment.
The results of every selection exercise will be published on the Hong Kong Immigration Department website. This is a time-taking process. So, unless they receive a notification of refusal from the Hong Kong Immigration Department, applicants need to consider their applications as being under processing.
Stage 4: Approval-in-principle
A letter called ‘Approval-in-principle’ is issued to applicants who are allocated a quota in the selection exercise. These applicants need to personally visit Hong Kong, attend an interview and submit originals of all documents to the Hong Kong Immigration Department for verification. For this purpose, the applicants can enter Hong Kong on visitor visas. An ‘Approval-in-principle’ letter does not guarantee the approval of an applicant’s entry into or remain in Hong Kong.
Stage 5: Issue of entry visa/entry permit
After the satisfactorily verifying all original documents and finalizing all relevant application procedures, an entry visa/entry permit will be issued to the applicant under the Hong Kong QMAS Visa to stay in Hong Kong.
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