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Questions on procedure for work visa (GEP) application

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    Post Questions on procedure for work visa (GEP) application

    Hi All,

    I've recently received an offer for a position in HK. However, now that I'm looking more closely at the work visa procedure, I'm quite concerned and wondering if I should really accept the initial offer.

    I'm currently living in China where as long as you have the proper paperwork you're almost 100% guaranteed to get approval on your work visa. However, in HK it does not appear to be the case. So, I'm a little concerned about quitting my current job just to get my visa application rejected by the HK immigration department.

    I've done a bit of online research but wasn't able to get all the answers on questions that would help me get a better idea of the work visa application process and decide if accepting this job offer is worth it.

    It would be great if you guys could help answer some of the questions below.

    1. How difficult is it for the sponsor to justify not hiring a local? My work would be in IT (related to finance but not in engineering) but niche enough.

    2. My wife is Chinese and although she wouldn't come until she can secure a job in HK as well, given the tensions between HK and the mainland I'm wondering if this might not work against me.

    3. Would a salary of 70k HK$ per month be considered enough to justify the hire?

    4. Is a criminal record required? It would take me a trip back home and several weeks to procure this document.

    5. Are scans/photocopies of degrees acceptable? I lost the originals over a decade ago and getting duplicatas made might also take a long time.

    6. Do degrees in languages other than English or Chinese need to be translated before being submitted?

    7. Does a signed contract between myself and my future employer need to be submitted with the visa application? And are reference letters a must? I would rather not quit my current job before knowing if my application is accepted and having to submit these 2 documents obviously prevents that.

    Thanks all in advance for any sort of answer(s) you could provide !!

  2. #2

    Join Date
    Oct 2010

    1. It's not difficult for a role at $70k a month
    2. It won't work against you.
    3. Yes.
    4. I don't think it is required
    5. Not sure, sorry
    6. Not sure, sorry. Probably.
    7. I don't think is it needed - but if it is needed - you would make the contract provisional on a GEP.

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  3. #3

    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Hong Kong

    The concern is more with the employer I would think. Is it a small or big company and have they sponsored other visas before?

    Criminal record check is not required under GEP. Copies of university degree and transcript is acceptable. It needs to be in either English or Chinese or translated therefrom.

    Sometimes employers like to submit reference letters with the visa application. I have never submitted one before. It is not a requirement but sometimes might be part of the overall case put together.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    May 2008

    The Employer, when submitting their form to support your visa application, is required to provide:

    "Photocopy of the company's employment contract with, or letter of appointment to, the applicant containing information about position, salary, other fringe benefits and employment period".

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    Thanks everyone for taking the time to reply. That was very helpful!

  6. #6

    Хуй блеять

  7. #7

    Join Date
    Dec 2002

    You're welcome... I guess.

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