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Work & Residence Visas

The ability to conduct business internationally is essential for companies that wish to remain competitive in today’s increasingly complex and interconnected world.  Many business leaders are embracing a diverse workforce and adopting a bigger cast of international talents.  As such, recruiting internationally and arranging secondment opportunities for employees are becoming common practices in our modern economy and are considered valuable to both the employers’ organisational development of employers as well as employees’ personal development. 

We work closely with global employers, small and medium-sized enterprises, startups and employees to tackle legal, regulatory and commercial issues arising from the hiring or transfer process.  Our employment and immigration team is well-recognized for our expertise in immigration laws, visa policies and procedures.  We handle applications of work and residence visa in Hong Kong for corporate and individual clients across a wide array of industry sectors, and are particularly experienced in applying for employment visas under the General Employment Policy and other specific schemes, such as admission schemes for mainland professionals and technology talents.  We secure investment visas for Hong Kong startup companies and entrepreneurs, visas for employees’ families, and permanent residency for eligible applicants.  We also advise international companies on secondment arrangements and relocation of employees from the USA, Europe, Russia, Korea, and the PRC etc. to Hong Kong. 

Our professional services include:

  • advising employers and human resources managers on transferring employees to work in overseas jurisdictions;
  • advising on the appropriate visa types for respective applicants and relevant application procedures;
  • advising on the eligibility criteria, effect and consequences of various visas;
  • obtaining and applying for extension of work and residence visas for employees, their spouse and children;
  • incorporating new businesses and obtaining investment visas for entrepreneurs;
  • preparing application forms and supporting documents for visa applications to the Hong Kong Immigration Department;
  • liaising with and responding to enquiries and requisitions from the Hong Kong Immigration Department;
  • appealing against decisions of the Hong Kong Immigration Department in visa applications; and
  • handling and advising on other follow-up and related matters, such as reviewing letters of secondment and handling terminations of overseas employees.

If you would like to seek advice on work and residence visas, please contact us at (852) 2810 1212 or at employment@onc.hk.

Please refer to our articles in ‘Knowledge’

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