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Pre‐Submission                                    Checklist    Employment Visa           Notes 
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Hong Kong Employment Visa Documentation Required


Published on - the Complete D-I-Y, 100% Free guide to getting a Hong Kong Employment visa as found in the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. On the Hong Kong Visa Handbook website you will discover every possible resource required to effectively finish a Hong Kong visa application at the Hong Kong Immigration Department.

Given that there are tens of thousands of Hong Kong employment visas (Hong Kong
working visas) issued each year and everyone of them is unique, it’s hard to provide any particular example or case which serves to illustrate what’s required to definitively pass the Hong Kong employment visa (Hong Kong working visa) approvability test. However, we do have one example to share which goes to show not only how the approvability test is considered in practice but also how the Immigration Department are ready to buy into an argument that once the facts have been checked out simply stacks up in all the circumstances.

Our client was the 19-year-old son of a Japanese eel farmer. At the age of 17, he left high school in Japan but he had worked continuously on the family eel farm since he was 6 years old. His father was the president for the local eel fishers cooperative in Japan who had entered into an agreement with an eel farming concern in Shenzen to provide technical assistance in the upgrade of their eel growing operations with the intention subsequently for the Japanese cooperative and the Shenzen eel farming operation to collaborate in supplying high quality eel products to the Japanese market as the shortage of land in Japan made it impossible to supply sufficient eel products at the right quality to demanding Japanese consumers. The Japanese cooperative established a branch entity in Hong Kong and intended to manage their responsibilities to their Shenzen partners from within Hong Kong and this would be achieved by travelling in to visit them several times a week across the border in Shenzen and to begin to lay the ground for a tax-efficient entrepot trading operation using Hong Kong as the trading arm to manage the export operations once sufficient quality product was capable of supply out to Shenzen into the Japanese market.

Our 19-year-old client was named as the Hong Kong registered representative for the Japanese cooperative and sent the Hong Kong to oversee the Shenzhen plant on behalf of the Japanese operation. When we were approached for advice on the employment visa (working visa) situation, we were initially quite skeptical that there was an unapprovable visa situation in play. Our client was very young, had no formal qualifications and apart from the family connection to the president of the local cooperative did not have anything particularly special about him. He was learning Cantonese but had no English language skills but was trusted to ensure that the Shenzen farm was indeed implementing the technical advice they were receiving from Japan and that the China operation was slowly coming up to scratch.

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Hong Kong Employment Visa Documentation Required

  1. 1. Pre‐Submission  Checklist  Employment Visa  Application form ID990A (employee) and ID990B (employer).  Recent photograph affixed to the form.  Copy passport details page and current visa/period of stay if presently in Hong Kong.  Copy up‐to‐date CV.  Photocopy of all graduation certificates/proof of academic qualifications.  Copies of prior employment references and testimonials.  Copy Letter of Engagement or Contract of Employment detailing information about the  post, emolument and term.  Copy Business Registration Certificate.  Copy of latest audited financial report and/or management accounts.  Copy latest profits tax return to the Commissioner for Inland Revenue.  Copy of the most recent Annual Return filed with the Registrar of Companies (FORM AR1),  along with Companies FORM D1 (Notification of First Secretary and Directors) and FORM D2  (Notification of Changes of Secretary and Directors) if applicable, and FORM SC1 (Return of  Allotments).  Detailed letter introducing the company, its business and list of staff (including HKIDs)  Company Brochure (and/or "Company Profile "), sales publications, press articles and any  similar promotional type materials, which verify the business type of the company.   General Proofs of Business ‐ for example, trading documentation, shipping documents, in‐ voices, contracts, agency and distribution agreements etc.  Office tenancy agreement copy.  If there is a substantial overseas parent company the following documents could also be  submitted to assist in the credibility establishment process: Certificate of Incorporation of  the parent company, its audited financial statement and the parent company profile or bro‐ chure (which will often suffice instead of Hong Kong corporate background information.)  NB — if the employing company has had a prior employment visa  approved in the previous 18 months the employer documents  above are not required (however the Form  ID990B is required in all  instances). 
  2. 2. Pre‐Submission  Checklist  Employment Visa  Notes