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Why & How The Hong Kong Immigration Department Are Getting A Lot Tougher Now – Talent List For QMAS

December 10th, 2016

Posted in Musing, Special Programmes, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /


On June 14,2016 I gave a talk at WYND Co-Working Space in Lan Kwai Fong on the topic of why and how the Hong Kong Immigration Department are getting a lot tougher now in the wake of the Audit Commission Report Number 66 released to ImmD in April and made public in June.

This is the fifth part of the talk discussing the determination of the Immigration Department to improve the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme through the introduction of a long-overdue talent list for QMAS.

You can download the slides here.

The Rest of the Series


Audit Commission Report Number 66

GEP & AMTPS Processing Times

Labour Market Testing & Salaries

Talent List For QMAS

Documentation Authenticity

Investment Visa Processing Times

Breach of CIES Rules

Collection of Relevant Data

Upgrade of ImmD Systems

Your Questions Answered


The 10 Resources You Need For a Quality Migrant Admission Scheme Application

D-I-Y APPLICATION KIT – Everything you need, all in one place, to assist you make your application for a QMAS visa

TEMPLATES – Quality Migrant Admission Scheme covering representations and other supporting letters

MOVIE – 3 x case studies of successful applicants receiving Quality Migrant Admission Scheme approvals

PODCAST – Is there any specific type of talent the Immigration Department are looking for in a QMAS applicant?

MOVIE – Just how competitive is the QMAS programme and is it really worth making an application?

PODCAST – Realistically, what is the minimum number of points for a QMAS application?

PODCAST – Just how important are employment testimonials in a Quality Migrant Admission Scheme application?

PDF – Checklist of documentary requirements for a QMAS application

OPINION – What does the Visa Geeza think about the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme?

EXTENSION KIT – All the resources you will need to extend a QMAS visa (once approved!)


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The Hong Kong Visa Geeza (a.k.a Stephen Barnes) is a co-founder of the Hong Kong Visa Centre and author of the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. A law graduate of the London School of Economics, Stephen has been practicing Hong Kong immigration since 1993 and is widely acknowledged as the leading authority on business immigration matters here for the last 24 years.

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