Hong Kong – Stricter adjudication standards implemented

The Hong Kong Immigration Department (HKID) has agreed to implement stricter regulations as recommended by the Audit Commission. Effects of these new standards are expected to impact applications in the General Employment Policy, Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals, Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) and Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) schemes.

Immigration authorities will use stricter adjudication standards for the following areas of visa applications:

Local worker recruitment methods;

Market level remuneration rates; and

Authenticity verification methods for supporting documents of IANG applications.