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Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS): The most way to immigrate to Hong Kong from India
The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) is one of the most sort-after streams opted by skilled individuals and entrepreneurs who intend to immigrate to Hong Kong for pursuing professional careers or starting their own business. In order to become eligible for settling down in Hong Kong through QMAS. Successful applicants are able to get a Hong Kong visa for a period of one year and are also allowed to bring their family members. The details on eligibility criteria, requirements for bringing dependents along with the main applicant, and other relevant information are as follows.
What is QMAS (Quality Migrant Admission Scheme)?
The QMAS (Quality Migrant Admission Scheme) has been designed with an objective to attract highly talented or skilled individuals to settle in Hong Kong and facilitate the economic development of Hong Kong.
The benefit of this scheme is that successful applicants are not needed to have a prior job offer before making an entry into Hong Kong.
The applicants are only required to complete certain pre-requisites before any points can be awarded to them under one of the two most prominent point-based tests for Hong Kong. These are named General Points Test and Achievement-based Points Test, under which all the eligible candidates compete for allocation of quota. Further, successful candidates are allowed to bring their partner through same-sex civil partnership, same-sex marriage, same-sex civil union, opposite-sex civil partnership or opposite-sex civil union. The relationship status should be legally recognized by the local authorities in the place of celebration.
The main applicant can also bring along unmarried dependent children, who must be under the age of 18, provided that the applicant should be capable of providing support and accommodation to their dependents through their own financial resources without taking any help from the Hong Kong Government.
An important thing to note:
The Scheme is not applicable to Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Nepal, Vietnam, and Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea).
Procedure for QMAS
Step 1: Prerequisites
All the applicants who are interested to apply under this Scheme are needed to fulfill certain pre-requisites before they could be granted any points through one of the two most relevant points-based tests considered under the Scheme.
Step 2: Points-based test
Applicants that have met all the requirements mentioned under the prerequisites, then only they may choose to get evaluated either under the Achievement-based Points Test or General Points Test. There is only one point-scoring factor that is considered under the Achievement-based Points Test and six points-scoring factors that come under the General Points Test.
A minimum passing mark for individuals you apply through the General Points Test. Those who choose to assess their eligibility using the Achievement-based Points Test are necessitated to evaluate if their credentials are appropriate to meet the criteria for minimum passing marks before lodging their application.
Step 3: Selection exercise
Selection exercises are done on a frequent basis in order to allocate quota to applicants. During every selection exercise, those applicants that satisfy both prerequisites as well as the minimum passing mark (assessed under the General Points Test) or the one point-scoring factor (assessed under the Achievement-based Points Test) are ranked according to scores awarded in one of these points tests. High-scoring applications are the short-listed for conducting further evaluation.
The Director of Immigration seeks advice from the Advisory Committee on Admission of Quality Migrants and Professionals on the evaluation, scoring points on the test grid, quota allocation under the scheme.
Note: By only meeting the minimum passing mark or coming under the high-scoring applications does not guarantee quote allotment. Results of each selection exercise are published on the website of the Immigration Department. As it takes a considerable amount of time to process applications, they would be considered under processing until the applicant would receive a notification on refusal by the Immigration Department.
Step 4: Approval-in-principle
Applicated is allocated a quote during the selection exercise are sent an “Approval-in-principle letter”. Such applicants then come to Hong Kong to attend a face-to-face interview and present their original documents submitted along with the application to Immigration Department for verification purpose. In this scenario, they have the option to come to Hong Kong on visitor conditions.
Note just receiving an Approval-in-principle letter does not guarantee approval applicant’s entry or their settlement in Hong Kong under the QMAS Scheme.
Step 5: Issue of entry permit/visa
If all the original documents sent for verification are satisfactory and if each application procedure is finalized, then the successful applicants are issued with a entry permit or visa under the QMAS Scheme, which allows them to stay in Hong Kong.
Prerequisites for QMAS
All applicants are required to satisfy all the prerequisites listed below:
The applicant should be aged 18 or above while filling the application under the QMAS Scheme.
• Financial requirement
The applicant should be able to demonstrate that they are capable of supporting themselves along with their dependents
• Good Character
The applicant’s profile should be devoid of any criminal record
• Language proficiency
The applicant must be proficient in writing and speaking Chinese (Cantonese or Putonghua) or English.
• Basic educational qualification
The applicant should have a good educational background
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