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  1. 1. HONGKONG
  2. 2. CONTENTS 1. About Abhinav 2. Why Abhinav? 3. About Hongkong Quality Migrant Scheme 4. About Hongkong 5. Cost of Living 6. Living in hongkong 7. Employment
  3. 3. About ABHINAV ABHINAV assists you in achieving your dreams of moving to your dream immigration destination and provides services for worldwide immigration options. Since our inception in 1994, we have been serving people interested in relocating their set-up to other destinations in demand across the globe with clinical precision and in most legitimate way. We have a wide network of offices and branches across major cities in India well entrenched with dedicated and experience staff. Besides domestic sources, we have knowledgeable and well versed professionals and international associates who are authorized to act as your representatives, lawyers and are well equipped with the in-depth intricacies of the relevant immigration laws pertaining to various countries almost in all hemispheres of the globe. With so much happening around the world and so many changes being incorporated into the immigration statutes of all major and prospective destinations in every corner of the planet, updating knowledge base and keeping an eye on possible implications of incorporated modifications is a tremendous job and needs an expert visionary effort to effectively interpret, appreciate and forecast effects of changes. This can only be achieved by a proven and success rich track record of the kind ABHINAV, in business since 1994, has Understanding of each procedure with diamond edged precision is mainstay in any successful immigration business and this is where is our strength is. Preparation of application and interpretation of requirements is always in unison with the original content of the migration statutes of various countries; this is where we score over others. Your application is handled properly by a back office team that has experience and is adequately trained to manage all situations and respond to queries. Application process takes place with you being kept well informed and taken in confidence. The factors of transparency are never sacrificed at any stage of your visa proceedings! Whatever may be your need be it Permanent Resident and Skilled Migrant visas, Investor and Business immigration applications, Temporary resident Permits -we are always there by your side. If you have a rejection case and want to file appeal and pleas, come to us. We have all the experience at our disposal to deal with such issues. Mr. Ajay Sharma our principal immigration consultant and primary force behind the company is a man with a mission and vision. His pragmatic and proactive result oriented approach, further aided by close to 2 decades of experience in immigration consulting business, has earned him an enviable position. This is not merely a coincidence but a result of his deep down dedication and experience with several typical and difficult immigration cases with various backgrounds and scenarios. His Blogs on www.abhinav.com are definitely respected and revered immigration information source, which register exceptionally high number of visits.
  4. 4. We are slotted among the very best in the industry with our result and solution oriented strategy to serve and assist you in conversion of your dreams into a pleasant reality. With our commendable record and success rate, you can count on us for any immigration issue. Why Abhinav? 1. Abhinav is amongst most experienced in the trade and since coming into existence in 1994; we have successfully dealt with immigration applications and situations related to major and well known Immigration destinations. Our website www.abhinav.com registers high visits for various online solutions and assistance. 2. We are a professionally managed company that is principled on results and solution. The testimonial to this is our client base, most of which is sourced by word of mouth reference. 3. Every case goes through careful scrutiny of watchful and pragmatic observation of experts who are well versed and trained on their job. 4. Ajay Sharma, Principal consultant is easily accessible to all clients and under all situations. 5. Transparent dealing and procedures is our hallmark and we present all aspects of engagement contract in reference to tenure, response and updates for our services to you, before you endorse the agreement. 6. We are amongst few immigration consulting companies that offers optional services of authorized and licensed representatives for the three most happening destinations Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Through the optional services of authorized representatives, ABHINAV can ably represent you with designated immigration agencies. 7. Where other companies are just serving to the extent of preparing documentation for your application, we go a long way with your case till the final juncture of decision on file. We are there with you throughout the process right from the first column of application form to the final letter of approval. Keeping you updated is the mantra behind our client’s admiration for us; we never leave you on your own and in dark but stand by you, till you get to final decision on your application. 8. Proper follow-up, feedback and timely implementation of required procedure are hallmarks of our client servicing strategy. Depending on need, the situation is escalated immediately to first COO and then CEO rapidly. 9. How could you leave such a crucial decision of immigration on some so called professional who are themselves standing on shaky ground of hit and trial trajectory? Your case needs a proper treatment
  5. 5. and assessment to be duly and effectively interpreted into a viable prospect. This is only possible if the case goes though observation of well versed and trained business development and back office staff, like the one ABHINAV has! 10. Though ranked among the best and providing optional services of authorized representatives for major destinations, we are known to charge a reasonable fee by international standards. 11. Past experience since 1994 in managing all kinds of application situations has seasoned out our approach, made us more responsive, proactive, cautious and mature to address each client application as per merit. Our goal is simple: give you a completely unbiased and impartial advice and provide you best of service. 12. If you are contemplating idea of moving abroad, do not think twice get us on your side to see you through the immigration process and help you in interpreting your dreams into reality. What we need from you is • Your resume updated • Spouse’s resume if applicable • Details of children if applicable
  6. 6. HONGKONG QUALITY MIGRANT SCHEME The Scheme is an entrant scheme. It is quota-based and seeks to attract highly skilled or talented persons who are fresh entrants not having the right to enter and remain in Hong Kong to settle in Hong Kong in order to enhance Hong Kong's economic competitiveness in the global market. Successful applicants are not required to secure an offer of local employment before their entry to Hong Kong for settlement. All applicants are required to fulfill a set of prerequisites before they can be awarded points under the General Points Test and compete for quota allocation with other applicants. Successful applicants under the Scheme may bring their spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 to Hong Kong provided that they are capable of supporting and accommodating their dependants on their own financial resources without relying on public assistance in Hong Kong. Selection Mechanism Stage 1: Prerequisites All applicants under the Scheme are required to fulfill a set of prerequisites before they can be awarded points under one of the two points-based tests under the Scheme. Stage 2: Points-based test Applicants who have met all the prerequisites will be assessed under a General Points Test. There are five point-scoring factors under the General Points Test. A minimum passing mark is set under the General Points Test. Persons who choose the General Points Test category are advised to assess whether their credentials are adequate to meet the minimum passing mark before submitting an application. Stage 3: Selection exercise Selection exercises will be done on a regular basis for quota allocation to applicants. During each selection exercise, applications which satisfy both the prerequisites and the minimum passing mark (under the General Points Test) will be ranked according to scores awarded. High scoring applications will be short-listed for further assessment. High-scoring applications do not necessarily secure quota allotment. Results of each selection exercise will be published on the Immigration Department website. As it will take time to process applications, applicants may regard their applications as being under processing unless they have received a notification of refusal from the Immigration Department.
  7. 7. Stage 4: Approval-in-principle Applicants who are allotted a quota in the selection exercise will be issued with an Approval-in-principle letter. Such applicants are required to come to Hong Kong to personally attend an interview and present originals of all documents submitted during the application to the Immigration Department for verification. They may enter Hong Kong on visitor conditions for this purpose. An Approval-in- principle letter issued to an applicant does not automatically guarantee approval of his/her entry to or remain in Hong Kong under the Scheme. Stage 5: Issue of entry visa/entry permit If all original documents are satisfactorily verified and all relevant application procedures are finalized, the successful applicant will be issued with an entry visa/entry permit under the Scheme for stay in Hong Kong. Prerequisites : All applicants must satisfy all of the following prerequisites: Age The applicant must be aged 18 or above when lodging an application under the Scheme. Financial requirement The applicant must be able to demonstrate that he/she is capable of supporting and accommodating himself/herself and his/her dependants, if any, on his/her own financial resources without relying on public assistance during his/her stay in Hong Kong. Good character The applicant should not have any criminal record or adverse immigration record in Hong Kong or elsewhere. Language proficiency The applicant should be proficient in written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese) or English. Basic educational qualification The applicant must have a good education background, normally a first degree from a recognized university or a tertiary educational institution. In special circumstances, good technical qualifications,
  8. 8. proven professional abilities and/or experience and achievements supported by documentary evidence may be considered. If the applicant fails to provide satisfactory supporting documents showing that he/she meets all the above prerequisites, his/her application will not be processed further and will be refused immediately. Entry of Dependants Applicants under the Scheme may apply to bring their spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 to Hong Kong under prevailing dependant policy. Persons admitted or applying for admission under the Scheme will be a sponsor of his/her accompanying dependants to Hong Kong. Dependants of persons admitted under the Scheme will normally be granted permission to remain in Hong Kong in line with the sponsor. Applicants under the Scheme are advised to submit dependant visa/entry permit applications for all accompanying family members together with their entry applications. If an applicant is claiming points on the basis of the educational level of the accompanying married spouse and/or the number of accompanying unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 under the General Points Test, he/she must submit dependant visa/entry permit applications for the accompanying family members concerned together with his/her application under the Scheme. FEE : No application fee is chargeable upon application submission. The prescribed fee for the issue of a visa, entry permit, or extension of stay under the Scheme is HK$160 per head.
  9. 9. ABOUT HONGKONG Hong Kong is a vibrant city, and a major gateway to China. This page will give you the facts about Hong Kong – from the form of government to the languages used. Geography : At the south-eastern tip of China, Hong Kong covers Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories, including 262 outlying islands. Between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula lies Victoria Harbour, one of the world's most renowned deep-water harbours. Total area: 1 104 square kilometres Land developed: less than 25% Country parks and nature reserves: 40% Climate : Hong Kong's climate is sub-tropical, with temperatures dropping below 10 degrees Celsius in winter and exceeding 31 degrees Celsius in summer. It is warm, sunny and dry in autumn, cool and dry in winter, and hot, humid and rainy from spring to summer. Average annual rainfall: 2 398.5mm Wettest months: June and August Driest months: January and December
  10. 10. Financial and monetary factors : Hong Kong is a vibrant global financial centre invigorated by a sophisticated financial infrastructure, world-class financial professionals, a robust regulatory regime, high liquidity and efficiency. The Government’s aim is to reinforce Hong Kong’s position as China’s Global Financial Centre in general and as a capital formation centre, an asset management centre and an offshore Renminbi (RMB) centre in particular by making continuous improvements to the regulatory system, promoting corporate governance, strengthening investor protection, fostering market development and enhancing links and co-operation with the Mainland. Population : Hong Kong's population was approximately 7.07 million in 2011. People of Chinese descent comprise the vast majority of the population, with foreign nationals comprising 6.4%. Population density: 6 540 people per square kilometre Crude birth rate: 13.5 per 1000 Percentage of population Chinese descent: 93.6% Other significant national groups Indonesia (164 260 total) Philippines (153 060 total) USA (29 080 total) Education : Twelve-year free education is provided to students in public sector schools with effect from the 2008-09 school year. Admissions to Primary 1 and Secondary 1 in public sector schools are administered through centralized systems. Under the NSS academic structure, Secondary 3 students will normally continue to receive senior secondary education in the same school or attend full-time vocational training courses run by the Vocational Training Council fully subvented by the Government. Since 1998, the Government has invested nearly $9 billion into implementing information technology (IT) in education and spent approximately another $0.4 billion on developing e-learning resources. Schools today have a sound IT infrastructure, taking into account the number of computers as well as the available computer networks and platforms in schools. The Government has recently launched an Internet Learning Support Programme to help low-income families acquire affordable computer equipment and Internet access services.
  11. 11. Health : Primary health care covers a wide range of public health services such as health promotion and disease prevention. It is the first step in the healthcare process, comprising general outpatient services, specialized health care, and specialist medical treatment, provided for people in specific age groups who do not require hospital attention. The DH provides a range of health promotion and disease prevention services through its 31 maternal and child health centres and three women’s health centres for children up to five years of age, and women aged 64 or below. These centres offer an Integrated Child Health and Development Programme for parents and care givers to promote the holistic health and well-being of children. The core components of the integrated programme are parenting and immunisation, as well as health and developmental surveillance. Antenatal, postnatal, family planning, and cervical screening are provided for women. The centres also provide health education including psycho-social health and personal relationships, as well as physical health and healthy lifestyle for women. Some 29 000 expectant mothers and 72 000 newborn children attended maternal and child health centres in 2011, respectively representing about 31 per cent and 74 per cent of the total numbers of expectant mothers and newborn children in Hong Kong. The Family Health Service also provides information on child care, parenting and health to the general public through various channels such as information leaflets, VCDs, websites, a 24-hour information hotline and electronic parent-child Magazines. The DH has 18 elderly health centres and 18 visiting health teams to render primary health care to the elderly, improve their ability to care for themselves and encourage healthy living and their family’s support. These centres provide health assessments, curative treatment, health education and counselling to people aged 65 and above.
  12. 12. COST OF LIVING Restaurants Median Range Meal, Inexpensive Restaurant 50.00 HK$ 35.00-62.05 Meal for 2, Mid-range Restaurant, Three-course 300.00 HK$ 200.00- 500.00 Combo Meal at McDonalds or Similar 30.00 HK$ 29.00- 35.00 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter draught) 33.01 HK$ 20.00- 46.00 Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 25.00 HK$ 15.00- 35.00 Cappuccino (regular) 30.00 HK$ 27.00- 35.00 Coke/Pepsi (0.33 liter bottle) 8.00 HK$ 6.00- 10.00 Water (0.33 liter bottle) 6.00 HK$ 5.00- 10.00 Markets Median Milk (regular), 1 liter 20.00 HK$ 17.66- 25.00 Loaf of Fresh White Bread (500g) 12.50 HK$ 10.00- 18.00
  13. 13. Rice (1kg) 15.00 HK$ 12.00- 20.00 Eggs (12) 20.00 HK$ 15.51- 25.00 Local Cheese (1kg) 100.00 HK$ 62.05- 130.00 Chicken Breasts (Boneless, Skinless), (1kg) 48.27 HK$ 40.00- 60.00 Apples (1kg) 20.00 HK$ 18.00- 30.00 Oranges (1kg) 20.00 HK$ 18.00- 25.00 Tomato (1kg) 20.00 HK$ 15.43- 30.00 Potato (1kg) 16.25 HK$ 11.70- 23.27 Lettuce (1 head) 8.00 HK$ 6.00- 9.00 Water (1.5 liter bottle) 11.00 HK$ 8.00- 20.00 Bottle of Wine (Mid-Range) 118.17 HK$ 75.00- 150.00 Domestic Beer (0.5 liter bottle) 10.00 HK$ 7.00-
  14. 14. 15.00 Imported Beer (0.33 liter bottle) 14.00 HK$ 9.00- 20.00 Pack of Cigarettes (Marlboro) 50.00 HK$ 50.00- 53.00 Transportation Median One-way Ticket (Local Transport) 8.00 HK$ 6.50- 10.00 Monthly Pass (Regular Price) 400.00 HK$ 350.00- 490.00 Taxi Start (Normal Tariff) 20.00 HK$ 20.00- 20.00 Taxi 1km (Normal Tariff) 7.65 HK$ 7.50- 15.00 Taxi 1hour Waiting (Normal Tariff) 90.00 HK$ 78.00- 90.00 Gasoline (1 liter) 17.00 HK$ 16.00- 17.49 Volkswagen Golf 1.4 90 KW Trendline (Or Equivalent New Car) 239,000.00 HK$ 200,000.00- 250,000.00 Utilities (Monthly) Median
  15. 15. Basic (Electricity, Heating, Water, Garbage) for 85m2 Apartment 1,000.00 HK$ 600.00- 1,525.00 1 min. of Prepaid Mobile Tariff Local (No Discounts or Plans) 0.25 HK$ 0.18-0.50 Internet (10 Mbps, Unlimited Data, Cable/ADSL) 195.00 HK$ 130.00- 220.00 Sports And Leisure Median Fitness Club, Monthly Fee for 1 Adult 500.00 HK$ 300.00- 700.00 Tennis Court Rent (1 Hour on Weekend) 50.00 HK$ 40.00- 65.00 Cinema, International Release, 1 Seat 75.00 HK$ 65.00- 90.00 Clothing And Shoes Median 1 Pair of Jeans (Levis 501 Or Similar) 750.00 HK$ 592.79- 800.00 1 Summer Dress in a Chain Store (Zara, H&M, ...) 400.00 HK$ 300.00- 500.00 1 Pair of Nike Shoes 600.00 HK$ 500.00- 799.00 1 Pair of Men Leather Shoes 800.00 HK$ 600.00- 1,000.00
  16. 16. Rent Per Month Median Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre 15,000.00 HK$ 10,500.00- 20,000.00 Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre 10,000.00 HK$ 7,000.00- 14,000.00 Apartment (3 bedrooms) in City Centre 35,000.00 HK$ 25,000.00- 60,000.00 Apartment (3 bedrooms) Outside of Centre 20,000.00 HK$ 15,000.00- 35,000.00 Buy Apartment Price Median Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment in City Centre 129,166.93 HK$ 96,875.19- 161,458.66 Price per Square Meter to Buy Apartment Outside of Centre 72,656.40 HK$ 53,819.55- 86,111.28 Salaries And Financing Median Median Monthly Disposable Salary (After Tax) 20,000.00 HK$ 16,000.00- 30,000.00 Mortgage Interest Rate in Percentages (%), Yearly 2.50 2.15-3.00 These data are based on 1877 entries in the past 18 months from 228 different contributors. Last update : July, 2013
  17. 17. Living in Hong Kong This city is probably one of the safest in the world. Violent crime against people on the street happens so rarely that it makes front pages news for days if it does occur. I have never seen a fight in a bar here. There are security guards everywhere. These people are often very old. Still they are the city’s unsung heroes. These guards, present in almost every commercial or residential building, are an effective, non aggressive form of crime deterrent. Their role in Hong Kongers’ sense of security is great. On the whole these people are also extremely friendly. No need for a “reclaim the night” movement here – Hong Kong is safe enough for anyone to move around in, at all times of the day and night, with no need to worry about personal safety. The first-time visitor to Hong Kong is always struck with the dramatic skylines, skyscrapers, great shopping and the visual reminders of it's colonial past. Only in Hong Kong can you find the Star Ferry, trams and Peak Tram amongst stunning contemporary architecture such as the Exhibition Centre and IFC1. These visual stereotypes are certainly representative of part of Hong Kong, but it is by no means the only part of Hong Kong. There are a lot of contrasting lifestyles and standards of living. There are the Country Parks with their hiking trails and BBQ areas, which provide a pleasant week-end distraction. Outlying islands like Lamma and Lantau have a different pace of life and their own characters. Kowloon provides a 24-hour shopping and dining experience, whilst some of the villages in the New Territories don't seem to have changed in decades. With beaches to match anything available in other Asian tourist destinations and pleasure junks providing waterborne tours, there are many parts of Hong Kong that most tourists never experience. Hong Kong sure knows how to celebrate – Chinese New Year, Hong Kong Establishment Day and Chinese National Day are all occasions for fireworks. Barges in the harbour are used as a platform and crowds line the harbour on both sides to witness the spectacular display. The fireworks are always breath-taking and the pictures in the paper the next day are amazing too. Of course, since the opening of Hong Kong Disney, it’s possible to experience fireworks out at the theme park every night of the week. As a resident, the lifestyle may therefore be very much more diverse that you expect. Hong Kong will be different for the family too.
  18. 18. Markets can be categorized into two main types in Hong Kong – goods markets and wet markets. There are markets selling all manner of goods – cheap clothes, handbags, watches, fake designer wear, souvenirs. Stanley Market on Hong Kong’s South side is a must-see on the tourist trail, certainly for foreigners visiting Hong Kong. Temple Street night market has a wonderful atmosphere and the locals will happily tell you about the bargains to be had at Ladies’ market in Mong Kok. EMPLOYMENT : Hong Kong’s hardworking, adaptable workforce is one of its most treasured assets. The Government spares no effort in ensuring that Hong Kong workers stay motivated and skilful to contribute to the city’s economic competitiveness. Historically, Hong Kong has been a global trading hub and it continues to hold heavyweight status for expats. You will find most Fortune 500 companies have a base in Hong Kong, giving you the scope to boost your career while enjoying life in Hong Kong. Hong Kong ranks among the world’s top financial centres, thanks to its well established and regulated banking, securities and insurance industries. It was ranked first among 60 of the world’s leading financial systems and capital markets in the World Economic Forum (WEF)’s Financial Development Report 2011. Hong Kong’s stock market also led the world in raising funds through initial public offerings (IPOs) for the third consecutive year. The financial sector has a 225 000-strong workforce, or 6.1 per cent of the city’s total workforce, and contributes 15.4 per cent of the city’s Gross Domestic Product.