The Hong Kong government has introduced the first year quota of 1,000 under the “Technology Talent Admission Scheme”
The government announced the launch of the "Technology Talent Admission Scheme" to meet the recruitment needs of the innovation and technology sector.Successful technology companies or organizationswill be allocated a quota of imported talents.The project will be implemented as a pilot for three years.A maximum of 1,000 technology talents will be recruited in the first operation year.The scheme will first apply to tenants and cultivate companiesengaged in biotechnology, artificial intelligence, cyber security, robotics, data analysis, fintech and materials science in HKSTP and CyberPort. The secretary for innovation and technology, Mr Yangwei-hsiung, said that the scheme would greatly simplify the application procedures and reduce the time required for entry of technology talents. It would effectively help technology companies or organizationsrecruit locally scarce technology talents from overseas and the mainland.He pointed out that the technology innovation wave is sweeping the world, and the development of technology innovation, talent is the key to win, Hong Kong must facilitate the industry in policy to get the required technology talent. At the quota application stage, the applicant technology companies or organizationsare required to prove to the innovation and technology commission that Hong Kong lacks or cannot easily find talents with relevant skills, knowledge or experience.The arrangement not only protects the employment opportunities of local people, but also avoids the need to repeatedly prove the shortage of local talents in each case, so that the required talents can be put to work as soon as possible under the rapid arrangement.Successful applicants will receive a quota of up to 100 persons per year.
Mr Yangwei-hsiung noted that by issuing quotas, the scheme would provide certainty for technology companies or organizationsto recruit and make business plans as quickly as possible. The programme also promotes the development of local technology talents. The scheme provides for the employment of one full-time local employee and two local interns for every three non-local employees. All these local employees are required to take up technology-related jobs. TechTAS will decide whether to issue quotas to technology companies or organizationsafter taking into account the views of the HKSTP or cyberport.The target is to complete the approval within 2 weeks if all the information submitted by the latter is available.A company or organizationwhich has been granted a quota may submit an application for a work visa or entry permit to the immigration department on behalf of the person named in the quota after finding a person who meets the requirements of the quota.It normally takes about 2 weeks to process the application after all the necessary documents have been submitted.
Those who plan to come to Hong Kong arerequired to hold a university degree in science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM), i.e. "QS World University Rankings", the "Times Higher Education World University Rankings" and the "Academic Ranking of World Universities" are awarded by the first 100 universities related to STEM. No work experience is required for a master's or doctorate degree, and at least one year of work experience in a relevant technology field is required for a bachelor's degree.
TechTAS will give briefing to the Technology Park Corporation and Cyberport tenants and incubation companies in the period from the end of May to mid-June. The target is to start accepting applications in June this year.