Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)

Hong Kong comes calling with QMAS program

Migrate with your family even without a job offer in hand


Hong Kong for sure is one of the most happening places in the world. From advanced technology, great infrastructure to the highest level of skilled migrant workers – Hong Kong has it all. Now, it opens up Hong Kong Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS).

It is an entrant scheme which aims to attract talent from different parts of the globe to increase its economic competitiveness in the world market. Thus, maintain the tag of being a significant financial center in Asia.

Hong Kong calls skilled foreign workers to its turf to live and work there. Allows them to migrate with their families i.e. their spouse and children below 18, and explore related employment opportunities.

The process of filing for QMAS is simple. It requires you to take any one of the two point-based tests – General Points Test or Achievement Based Points Test. These tests ensure that you meet the eligibility criteria such as the age, education, language, experience, character, and financial resources.

Once you clear the test and obtain the required score, visa application can be filed with Hong Kong Immigration Department. The application goes through the selection process conducted by the department and the results are shared on the official website and a notification is sent to you thereafter. If the application is selected, the applicant will receive an approval-in-principle, followed by the issuance of Visa/entry permit.

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  • Successful applicants receive an initial 2-year visa and extendable for 3 years and another 3 years upon satisfaction of extension conditions.
  • If a person who has been issued the initial visa of no less than 2 years can demonstrate that he/she has an assessable income for salaries tax of not less than HK$2 million in the previous year of tax assessment, an extension of stay on time limitation only without other conditions of stay for a period of six years may normally be granted.
  • The offer of local employment is not required before migrating to Hong Kong.
  • Take your family spouse and unmarried dependent children under 18 along.
  • Apply for Citizenship after 7 years of stay in Hong Kong.

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Y-Axis lets you assess your application with its quick eligibility check option. Go to check eligibility page and see if you qualify for HK QMAS program.


In order to qualify for the HK QMAS program you to attain at least 80 out of maximum 195 points in the General Points Test or 195 Points in the Achievement Based Points Test. The points are calculated by the following factors.


Should be between 18 and 50 years to achieve score points on Age.


Should hold a Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD from a recognized university to score points for qualification. Additional points can be scored if the qualification is from a top 100 universities or top 30 colleges in the world.

Work Experience:

Possess more than 2 years of full-time graduate level work experience. Additional points can be scored if you have International exposure.

Language Proficiency:

Have IELTS or TOEFL to score points in Language Proficiency.

Family Background:

Accompanying Spouse and Child can increase your overall score.


You can claim points as mentioned in the table below;

 General Points Test:




Claimed Points


Age (Maximum 30 points)











51 or above




Academic/Professional Qualifications (Maximum 70 points)


Doctoral Degree / Two or more master’s degrees



Master’s Degree / Two or more bachelor’s degrees



Bachelor’s Degree / Professional Qualification awarded by a nationally or internationally recognized or acclaimed professional body which demonstrates that the holder has a very high level of technical expertise or skill



Additional points if a degree at bachelor level or higher is awarded by a renowned institution recognized internationally




Work Experience (Maximum 55 points)


Not less than 10 years’ graduate or specialist level work experience, including at least 5 years in a senior role



Not less than 5 years’ graduate or specialist level work experience, including at least 2 years in a senior role



Not less than 5 years’ graduate or specialist level work experience



Not less than 2 years’ graduate or specialist level work experience



Additional points for not less than 2 years’ graduate or specialist level work experience with international exposure




Language Proficiency (Maximum 20 points)


Being proficient both in written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese) and English



Being proficient in at least one foreign language (written and spoken) in addition to written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese) or English



Being proficient in written and spoken Chinese (Putonghua or Cantonese) or English




Family Background (Maximum 20 points)


At least one immediate family member (married spouse, parents, siblings, children) is a Hong Kong permanent resident residing in Hong Kong




Accompanying married spouse is educated to the equivalent level of a degree or above




5 points for each accompanying unmarried dependent child under the age of 18, maximum 10 points

5 / 10


Maximum 195 points



As for the additional points awarded to holders of a degree at bachelor level or higher obtained from a renowned institution recognized internationally, the institution concerned should be ranked among the top 100 universities/institutions in any of the four world university ranking tables published by QS, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Times Higher Education and US News and World Report, or among the top 30 colleges in the National Liberal Arts Colleges Rankings published by the US News and World Report. Advice may also be sought from relevant experts or professional bodies on qualifications awarded by other sector-specific renowned institutions which may not be included in these ranking lists.

To score additional points on the basis of having not less than two years’ work experience with international exposure, the international work experience concerned refers to graduate or specialist level work experience outside the applicant’s home country/territory.

Prevailing Minimum Passing Mark:-

The prevailing minimum passing mark is 80.*

*A minimum passing mark is set under the General Points Test. Interested parties are advised to assess whether their credentials are adequate to meet the minimum passing mark before submitting an application. The minimum passing mark is subject to change from time to time without prior notice.

Program Occupations

The sectors under which the applicant can file the application is as mentioned below.





Academic Research and Education

Nurseries, Tertiary Education, Academic Research


Architecture, Surveying, Engineering and Construction

Landscaping, Architecture, Surveying, Civil/ Electrical/ Mechanical/ Structural/ Environmental, Engineering.


Arts and Culture 

Performing Arts, Fine Arts, Museums, Libraries, Photography


Broadcasting and Entertainment

 Broadcasting & Programming, Motion Picture, Video & Television Programme Production, Sound Record & Music Publishing


Business Support and Human Resources 

Business Consulting, Company Secretary, Administrative Support, Human Resources Management, Recruitment Services, Public Relations Services, Advertising, Information Services


Catering and Tourism

Bars, Restaurants, Hotels, Travel Agencies.


Commerce and Trade

Import & Export, Retail, Wholesale


Financial and Accounting Services

Accountancy, Banking, Insurance, Securities, Investment Banking


Human Health and Veterinary Services

 Western Medicine, Chinese Medicine, Dental Services, Medical Technologists, Occupational Therapists, Nurses, Veterinary Services.


Information Technology and Telecommunications

IT Consultancy, Wireline or Wireless Communications


Legal Services

Legal Practice


Logistics and Transportation

Logistics, Air Transport, Sea Transport, Land Transport


Manufacturing Industries

Electrical, Electronics, Food & Beverages, Chemical, Metals, Toys, Textiles, Watches, Jewellery, Printing & Publishing



Sports Activities




Application Cost

Visa Fees – HK$3,105/ Person (To be paid upon successful visa Interview in Hong Kong).

 Assessment Fee –  –  USD 400 .

IELTS or TOEFL fees – As Applicable.

Process Timeline

The Hong Kong Immigration Department releases the selection exercise result once every quarter. Selection exercises will be done on a regular basis for quota allocation to applicants. During each selection exercise, applications which satisfy both the prerequisites and the minimum passing mark (under the General Points Test) or the one point-scoring factor (under the Achievement-based Points Test) will be ranked according to scores awarded. High scoring applications will be short-listed for further assessment.

The average process time is between 6-9 months after the application submission.

Y-Axis Process

Our Full Service & Processing Includes:

  • Documents Checklist
  • Complete Application Processing
  • Forms, Documentation & Petition Filing
  • Updates & Follow up with the Consulate
  • Assistance with the queries and qualification assessment process
  • Job Search Assistance*

* These services are provided at an additional cost.


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