Getting an Employment Visa: Mutual Responsibility Or A One Man Show?

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Most employers in Hong Kong understand that getting an employment visa is a two-way street and as a rule assist their foreign employees with the visa they require to work in Hong Kong.

However, at times you may hear a cold reply – “sort it out yourself” or “getting a visa is your responsibility”

This is not a great way to go about getting an employment visa approved because you’re both going to have to engage in the process.

It’s as simple as that.

The employer needs to know that they will have to provide, at the very least:

• Business information
• Company financial information
• Details about current staff (including what they are paid); this can be shown on the monthly MPF form
• Sponsorship, including an undertaking to fund the cost of your repatriation if you need to be removed from Hong Kong for any reason.

Your employer’s fears can be assuaged to some degree by them agreeing to supply sensitive information required to support your application in a sealed envelope to the HKID directly against your official file reference number (and away from your ‘prying ‘ eyes!)

If you are looking for help with your Hong Kong visa, do feel free to contact us at

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