Imported Workers Visa - SLS

Hong Kong
Cost of Living
Talent Migration


Persons who wish to enter the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) for employment as imported workers under the Supplementary Labour Scheme (SLS). It allows employers with genuine difficulties in finding suitable employees locally to import workers from outside the HKSAR.

Application Procedure:

  • Employers intending to import workers under the SLS need to first apply to the SLS Application Office of the Labour Department for approval-in-principle.
  • Subject to the grant of approval-in-principle, employers shall arrange for their prospective workers to each submit a visa/entry permit application to the Immigration Department within the period specified in the approval-in-principle letter.
  • The approval-in-principle will automatically lapse if the visa/entry permit application is not submitted on time.


24 months max.



25 (approx.)


Processing time

6 weeks




What are eligibility requirements for the Imported Workers Visa - SLS?

7 Eligibility Requirements

  • The applicant is suitably qualified and experienced for the job in question.
  • The terms and conditions of employment are comparable to those in the local market.
  • The applicant will remain under the direct employment of the employer for a specific job and will not be contracted out to other companies or sub-contractors.
  • There is no adverse record to the detriment of the applicant and the employer.
  • The employer is financially capable of employing the applicant, providing him/her with suitable accommodation and of guaranteeing his/her maintenance and repatriation upon the termination of his/her contract.
  • The applicant must hold a valid travel document and must declare to return to the home country if the contract is ended/not extended.
  • The applicant should be of clear criminal record and raise no security or criminal concerns to the HKSAR.

Which documents do I need to apply for the Imported Workers Visa - SLS?

6 Document Required

  • Application form filled and signed (ID 1001A & 1001B).
  • One recent photograph.
  • Photocopy of Passport/travel document (Copy of resident card for Macau, Taiwan and Mainland China residents).
  • Four original copies of the standard employment contract (LD 294) signed between the employer and the imported worker.
  • Photocopy of the approval-in-principle letter issued by the Labour Department.
  • 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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