Hong Kong Startup Visa

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About

Hong Kong’s Startup Visa is designed for foreigners who who wish to enter/stay in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) to establish or join a startup registered in Hong Kong. under General Employment Policy HKSAR.

You can bring your family members and the processing time for this visa is 4 weeks.

The Immigration Department may consider the application favourably, if the start-up business concerned is supported by a government-backed programme with a rigorous vetting and selection process, and the applicant is the proprietor or partner of the start-up company or a key researcher of the relevant project.

Examples of government-backed programmes include:

(1) StartmeupHK Venture Programme administered by InvestHK;

(2) Incu-App, Incu-Bio and Incu-Tech programmes administered by the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation;

(3) Cyberport Incubation Programme;

(4) Small Entrepreneur Research Assistance Programme and Enterprise Support Scheme administered by the Innovation and Technology Commission; and

(5) Design Incubation Programme administered by the Hong Kong Design Centre.


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DURATION

24 Month(s)

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CITIZENSHIP

84 Month(s)

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FEES

200

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P. RESIDENCY

N/A

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COMPLEXITY

Medium

Eligibility Requirements

10 Eligibility Requirements for Hong Kong Startup Visa

  • Applicant must have no security objection and no known record of serious crime.
  • Applicant must have 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
  • The applicant is in a position to make substantial contribution to the economy of the HKSAR with the help of the startup establishment
  • The Immigration Department may consider the application favourably, if the start-up business concerned is supported by a government-backed programme and the applicant is the proprietor or partner of the start-up company or a key researcher of the relevant project. Check the link for details

Document Requirements

19 Document Required for Hong Kong Startup Visa

  • Application form (ID 999A), completed and signed by the applicant
  • The applicant's recent photograph
  • Photocopy of passport/valid travel document containing personal particulars, date of issue, date of expiry and/or details of any re-entry visa held (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of the applicant's Hong Kong identity card (if any) or, photocopy of travel document page containing the latest arrival stamp/landing slip/extension of stay label in the HKSAR, if applicant is residing in Hong Kong
  • Photocopy of proof of academic qualifications and relevant work experience
  • Photocopy of proof of the applicant’s financial standing (e.g. bank statements)
  • Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate and business registration particulars e.g. Inland Revenue Department Form 1(a)/Form 1(c) [if the applicant has invested in the HKSAR]
  • Photocopy of documents filed with the Companies Registry such as Certificate of Incorporation/latest annual return/Incorporation Form (Company Limited by Shares)/Memorandum of Association/Articles of Association
  • Letter indicating valid support by a government-backed programme, if applicable
  • Documents with details of company background such as business activities, mode of operation, background, if applicable/connection of company, product ranges, sources and markets, membership of chamber of commerce (if any) etc. (supported with catalogues, brochures, etc) [if the applicant has invested in the HKSAR]
  • Photocopy of tenancy agreements/supporting documents on office set-up, if applicable
  • Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate and business registration particulars e.g. Inland Revenue Department Form 1(a)/Form 1(c) [if the applicant has invested in the HKSAR]
  • Photocopy of documents filed with the Companies Registry such as Certificate of Incorporation/latest annual return/Incorporation Form (Company Limited by Shares)/Memorandum of Association/Articles of Association
  • Photocopy of licences or certificates for the operation of the business (e.g. relevant licences for financial institutions issued by the Securities and Futures Commission) (if applicable)
  • Letter indicating valid support by a government-backed programme
  • Photocopy of the applicant's Macao identity card [for Macao Special Administrative Region (SAR) residents only]
  • Photocopy of proof of the applicant's overseas residence, such as photocopy of official documents showing applicant's condition of stay and limit of stay endorsed by overseas authorities [for overseas Chinese holding People’s Republic of China passports only]

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