Investment visa
in Hong Kong.

If you are an entrepreneur who wants to live and invest in Hong Kong, our immigration team can help you get the investment visa quickly and easily.

Investment visa in Hong Kong

What is investment visa?

Investment visa is a visa for foreign entrepreneurs who wish to invest in a local business and relocate to Hong Kong. It serves as a type of work permit and it will allow you to sponsor your spouse and your children under the age of 18. As a holder of this visa,you are also eligible to apply for the Hong Kong permanent residence in due course.

Investment visa in numbers.

4-6 weeks

Application duration

2 years

Length of stay

3-3 years

Extension of stay pattern
Eligibility criteria

Who is eligible for investment visa.

You will be eligible to apply for an investment visa if you:

  • Have a clear criminal record
  • Have a good educational background, normally a first-level university degree in the relevant field of work
  • Make a substantial contribution to the economy
  • To assess if the level of contribution is substantial, the Immigration Department will ask for:

    • A two-year business plan explaining the nature of the business, market analysis, market positioning, business direction, sales targets, product marketing strategy, etc. In addition to this, a two-year forecast of the profit-and-loss account statement, cash flow statement and balance sheet should be submitted to demonstrate the feasibility of the business in terms of operation, finances, and development.
    • If you are already running a business overseas or are joining a business in Hong Kong, a profit-and-loss account statement and balance sheet showing the business turnover and profit in the previous year will be needed.
    • Proof of financial resources including your personal and company bank account statements in the previous year and proof of other sources of funding, as well as the company’s latest audited financial report (if any) to demonstrate that there are sufficient financial resources to run the relevant business in Hong Kong and also support the smooth operation and sustainable growth of the business.
    • Documentary proof showing the amount of capital investment. The Immigration Department will consider whether the investment amount can support the operation of the business or not.
    • The number of jobs created locally. The Immigration Department will request details on the organisational structure of the business and the required number of staff and posts, based on the nature and scale of the business.
    • Introduction of new technology or skills (if applicable). The Immigration Department will also like to hear how the newly introduced technology or skills can inspire creativity in the high-value-added industries in Hong Kong ( i.e. patents, etc.).
    • If you wish to establish or join a startup business, the Immigration Department may consider the application favourably if a government-backed programme supports the startup business concerned.

To apply for the investment visa, a local sponsor will be nominated, who can either sponsor you as a company or as an individual. If the sponsor is an individual, they should be:

  • Of the age of 18 or older
  • A Hong Kong resident
  • Acquainted with you

Taking care of the whole application process from start to finish.

Pre-application advice

Advice on acquiring an investment visa in Hong Kong and requirements for a successful application.

Application tracking

Filing and tracking the status of applications.

Document issuance

Arranging for issuance of investment visa upon in-principle approval.

Renewals

Handling renewal of investment visas before they expire.
Application documents

What you will need to apply.

A proper investment visa application should contain the following documents provided by the entrepreneur:

  • Completed application form "Entry for Investment as Entrepreneurs in Hong Kong
  • One recent photograph
  • Passport copy
  • Copies of the diploma and CV
  • Copy of financial standing (e.g. bank statements)
  • Copy of the company's employment contract containing information about the entrepreneur's post, salary, benefits, and employment period (if applicable)
  • Detailed 2-year investment plan which includes details of the proposed business activities, amount of investment, creation of local job posts, setting up an office/showroom/warehouse, etc.
  • Proof of the company's business activities such as contracts, invoices or proof of business deals under negotiation (if applicable)
  • Copies of the company's financial standing (e.g. latest audited financial report, trading profit and loss account, or profits tax return)
  • Documents with details of company background such as business activities, mode of operation, background/connection of company, product ranges, sources and markets, membership of chamber of commerce (if any), etc. (supported with catalogues, brochures, etc.)
  • Copies of tenancy agreements/supporting documents on office set-up
  • Proof of posts created for local employees such as photocopy of records of monthly contributions to Mandatory Provident Fund Scheme (if applicable)
  • Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate and business registration particulars
  • Photocopy of documents filed with the Companies Registry such as Certificate of Incorporation/latest annual return/Incorporation Form (Company Limited by Shares)/Memorandum of Association/Articles of Association
  • Photocopy of licences or certificates for the operation of the business (if applicable)
  • Letter indicating valid support by a government-backed programme (for startups only)
  • Additional documents are required for certain nationalities, and our team will provide you with the exhaustive list of documents depending on your nationality

A proper investment visa application should contain the following documents provided by the sponsor:

  • For applications in which the sponsor is a Company:
    • Application Form for Entry for Investment as Entrepreneurs (Sponsor) in Hong Kong
    • Photocopy of Business Registration Certificate
  • For applications in which the sponsor is an Individual:
    • Application for Entry for Investment as Entrepreneurs (Sponsor) in Hong Kong (ID 999B)
    • Photocopy of the sponsor's Hong Kong identity card
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