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http://www.hongkongvisahandbook.com - this is the factsheet on the Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme 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
The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme was introduced in 2006 with the intention to create a visa class for those highly talented people who might be willing to take up residence in Hong Kong without actually having any core reason for coming here in the first place. Flexible as ever, the Immigration Department developed the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme in order to provide a mechanism to be able to compete with other developed economies’ immigration programs which have been established on the basis that it can only be good if you allow smart people to live in your community. As of December 2010, more than 5,000 applications had been received and 1,800 applications have been approved. Successful applicants under the general points test with 1,670 tended to come from the backgrounds in Financial and Accounting Services, Information Technology, Telecommunications and General Commerce. Successful applicants under the, what we call, a ‘home-run’ achievement-based point test of which there are 136, came mainly from the sports, arts, some culture segments. The Hong Kong Immigration Department receives an average 100 Quality Migrant Admission Scheme applications every single month.
The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme was the first of it’s kind introduced in 2006 which actually allowed for people to come to Hong Kong without a specific rationale for being in Hong Kong; that is, prior to the introduction of the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, if you needed to take up employment, you had to apply for Employment Visa; if you wanted to join family members, you applied for Dependant Visa; if you wanted to join in a business, you applied for an Investment Visa; but with the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, for the first time, we had a pro-forma visa type where on the basis that you have personal qualities which are deemed to be attractive to the HKSAR, the Immigration Department will grant you approval to remain here in any event.