• Applicable to Chinese residents of the Mainland of China applying for entry to the HKSAR for employment under TechTAS.
  • An application for a entry permit to take up employment under TechTAS may be favourably considered if:
    • there is no security objection and no known record of serious crime in respect of the applicant;
    • the employing company has a valid quota approved by Innovation and Technology Commission (ITC) at the time of application;
    • the applicant is employed as a full-time employee in the HKSAR by the employing company;
    • the applicant is engaged principally in conducting research and development (R&D) in the areas of advanced communication technologies, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, digital entertainment, financial technologies, green technology, integrated circuit design, Internet-of-Things, material science, microelectronics, quantum technology or robotics;
    • 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 in the latest publication of any of the following world university ranking tables:

      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. Persons not meeting the academic requirements but possessing good technical skills in specialty areas, proven professional abilities and/or relevant experience and achievements can be considered on a case-by-case basis with full justifications. In such case, relevant documentary evidence should be provided;

    • 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; and
    • the bona fides of the employing company and the applicant are not in doubt.

Please click on the button under “Quick Links” for documents to be submitted online and to submit an online application.

  • It normally takes 2 weeks to process an application upon receipt of all the required documents.
  • A notification of the application result will be emailed, faxed or posted (if applicable) to employers or authorised representatives by the Immigration Department (ImmD).

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  • Fee
    • The fee for an entry permit is HKD$230.
  • Payment methods
    • Upon approval of the applications, the notification of the application result issued by the ImmD will include a webpage link for payment. Payment of relevant fees could be made through the said webpage link or the GovHK website or the ImmD Mobile Application by credit cards, Payment by Phone Service (PPS) or Faster Payment System (FPS).
  • After payment, applicants could instantly download or print the “e-Visa” by themselves.
  • Successful applicant who are Chinese residents of the Mainland of China should apply for an Exit-entry Permit for Travelling to and from Hong Kong and Macao (EEP) and a relevant exit endorsement from the relevant Mainland authorities. Upon immigration arrival clearance in the HKSAR, the applicant holding an EEP bearing the relevant exit endorsement should also present the “e-Visa” saved on a personal mobile device or printed on a sheet of A4 white paper, and scan the encrypted QR code on the “e-Visa” with the optical reader at an immigration counter.