Technology Talent Admission Scheme- TechTAS

Hong Kong
Cost of Living
Talent Migration


This is an entry arrangement for persons who wish to enter/stay in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for employment under TechTAS. TechTAS is a three-year pilot scheme. It provides a fast-track arrangement for eligible technology companies/institutes to admit non-local technology talent to undertake research and development (R&D) work for them in the HKSAR.

A company/institute allotted with a quota by the Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) can accordingly sponsor an eligible person to apply for an employment visa/entry permit within the six-month quota validity period. For more details on this scheme and Mainland China residents criteria, check this link.



24 months



25 (approx.)


P. Residency

84 Month(s)


Processing time

6 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Technology Talent Admission Scheme- TechTAS?

10 Eligibility Requirements

  • There is no security objection and no known record of serious crime in respect of the applicant.
  • The applicant is employed as a full-time employee in the HKSAR by the employing company/institute.
  • The applicant is engaged principally in conducting R&D in the areas of biotechnology, artificial intelligence, cybersecurity, robotics, data analytics, financial technologies or material science.
  • The applicant is a degree-holder in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) from a well-recognised university, which is among the top 100 universities for STEM-related subjects. For the STEM table, please check the link.
  • Work experience is not compulsory for those with a Master’s or Doctoral degree, whereas those with a Bachelor’s degree only should possess a minimum of one year of work experience in the relevant technology area.
  • The applicant is offered remuneration not lower than the prevailing market level for comparable jobs in the HKSAR.
  • The applicant meets the specific particulars pertaining to the job position set out in the quota allotment letter issued by ITC.
  • The bona fides of the employing company/institute and the applicant are not in doubt.
  • Applicant must hold a valid travel document.
  • Additional requirements may be present on case basis.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Technology Talent Admission Scheme- TechTAS?

8 Document Required

  • Application form filled and signed (ID 1024).
  • One recent photograph.
  • Photocopy of passport/travel document.
  • Photocopy of proof of academic qualifications and relevant work experience, or proof of good technical skills in specialty areas, proven professional abilities and/or relevant experience and achievements (if applicable).
  • Photocopy of the quota allotment letter issued by the Innovation and Technology Commission.
  • Photocopy of the employing company/institute’s employment contract with or letter of appointment to the applicant.
  • Photocopy of the Business Registration Certificate (if applicable).
  • Additional documents may be required, details to be checked with the employer directly.

Talent Migration data for Hong Kong

Talent gain & drain map of 2015-2019 data. Sourced from World Bank Digital Development Data.

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