Moving to Hong Kong

Moving to Hong Kong

Basic information Hong Kong

If you are moving to Hong Kong, it might be useful to know the basic information about the country, which can be found below:

      • Official name: Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
      • Population: 7,234,800 of per 2014
      • Capital City: no capital city
      • Government: Special administrative region of China
        • Chief executive: C.Y. Leung
        • Chief Secretary for Administration: Carrie Leung
        • Financial Secretary: John Tsang
        • Secretary for Justice: Rimsky Yuen
      • Main language: Chinese (dialect Cantonese and mandarin) and English
      • Major religion: Buddhism
      • Monetary unit: Hong Kong Dollar (HKD)
      • International dialing code: +852

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Education

The education system in Hong Kong previously resembled the education system of the United Kingdom a lot (because it was a colony of the United Kingdom), however since Hong Kong colony has been handed back to China, the education system has been through many changes. It is compulsory for children and students to go to school for 9 years. The education levels are as followed:

  • Kindergartens
  • Primary education (is compulsory for 6 years)
  • Secondary education (is compulsory for 3 years)
  • Tertiary education

The education system consists of 3 different types of schools: government schools, subsidized schools and private international schools. Government schools are cost free for children and the costs for private international schools can very expensive (costs can go up to 183,000 HKD per year).

 

Job

The unemployment rate in Hong Kong was 3.3% in January 2015 and has not changed compared to the months before. If you are moving to Hong Kong and want to work there, you must know that this is very attractive to expats and foreigners and very accessible, especially the financial sector. Keep in mind that working in Asia is very different compared to western countries. If you are moving to Hong Kong and want to work there it is necessary to have a job invitation from your employer, if you want to obtain a work permit or visa.

Keep in mind that if you are moving to Hong Kong and want to obtain a work permit, that it might be a very tricky process. The following are required from you if you want to obtain a work permit from Hong Kong:

  • Applicants need to have a graduate degree, unless they have considerable technical experience in a certain area.
  • In addition, the applicant should also relevant experience in the position they are applying for.
  • The salary offered should meet local professional standards. (the bottom threshold for this is generally considered HK$20,000)
  • The company needs to prove that the position cannot be filled by a local and/or that the applicant has a skill in short supply in the city.
  • The individual will contribute to the local economy.

If you are moving to hong Kong and want more information about the work permit or visas in general, click on the link below:

http://www.gov.hk/en/nonresidents/visarequire/general/

Moving to Hong Kong

Bank account

To open a bank account in Hong Kong is possible for expats and foreigners. The biggest banks in Hong Kong are:

  • HSBC
  • Bank of China
  • Hang Seng Bank
  • Standard Chartered Bank
  • Bank of East Asia

It is possible to open a bank account without being present in Hong Kong. However this process might be very tricky and might take a few weeks.

Visa

Depending on which country you come from, it is necessary to have a visa before you go to Hong Kong. However for some countries you will not need a visa (up to 90 days) to enter Hong Kong. The basic requirements are as followed if you want to apply for a Hong Kong visa:

Basic criteria for all foreign visitors

The following are the official minimum requirements for foreign visitors to HK.

  • have a minimum validity on your passport of 1 month beyond the intended stay (or the duration of the visa may be restricted so that there will be one month after the visa expiry)
  • Properly complete the immigration card on arrival
  • have a visa if your nationality is required to have one
  • have onward or return travel arrangements
  • have sufficient funds for your stay without working (based on Immigration’s definition, not yours)
  • Not have a serious criminal record or be likely to be involved in crime, nor be considered a security risk

If you are moving to Hong Kong and want more information about visas, click on the link below:

http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html

Cost of living

The cost of living in Hong Kong is considered quite cheap compared to large cities in China. However the costs of living have been rising very quickly compared to the last few years. Mainland Chinese residents have been traveling to Hong Kong to purchase many luxury items, which have driven the costs higher. However compared to the western countries, the cost of living in Hong Kong might be considered quite high. The accommodation in Hong Kong is very expensive. However, living in Hong Kong might also be very inexpensive, but this depends on your living style. Transportation costs are quite expensive depending on which transport you will take. Going by bus is cheaper than going by metro and owning a car in Hong Kong might be quite expensive.

Medical care

If you are moving to Hong Kong, you must know that the medical care in Hong Kong is of a high quality because public and private hospitals can speak and understand English, which makes it a lot more accessible for expats or foreigners. Public health care is also accessible for non-residents of Hong Kong. Most residents (who can afford it) choose for private health care insurance and to use private hospitals. Because the private sector of the health care has shorter waiting times and of a better quality.

Driving license

It is possible for expats and foreigners to obtain a driving license. However, it is possible to obtain a Hong Kong driving license without taking a theoretical examination and a practical examination, however this depends on whether you meet the requirements. The following documents are needed if you want to obtain a Hong Kong driving license:

  • Hong Kong Identity Card (original and photocopy)
  • Relevant travel document (e.g. passport) (original and photocopy);
  • Relevant overseas driving licence (original and photocopy);
  • An officially certified translation of your overseas driving licence if it is in a language other than English or Chinese;
  • Other relevant supporting documents (original and photocopy)
  • Proof of residence
  • Medical examination report form
  • Required fee

If you are moving to Hong Kong and want more information about driving licenses, click on the link below:

http://www.td.gov.hk/en/public_services/licences_and_permits/vehicle_and_driving_licences/how_to_apply_for_a_driving_licence/driving_in_hong_kong_for_overseas_driving_licence_/

Tax

The taxation in Hong Kong is relatively low. However like any other country, the more you earn the more tax you will need to pay.

Moving to Hong Kong

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