Hong Kong: Hong Kong opens new migration routes for Cambodian nationals

What is the change? Hong Kong has relaxed visa requirements for Cambodian nationals.

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What does the change mean? Cambodian nationals are now eligible to travel to Hong Kong for work, investment, training or study. Previously, Cambodian nationals could only enter Hong Kong as visitors or dependents.

  • Implementation time frame: March 1.
  • Who is affected: Cambodian nationals looking to work, reside or study in Hong Kong.
  • Business impact: The change makes it easier for Hong Kong businesses to recruit and hire Cambodian nationals.
  • Next steps: Additional information is available at this Immigration Department website.

Background: The new policy was announced in February and took effect this month.

Under the new policy, Cambodian nationals may apply to enter Hong Kong for employment under the General Employment Policy, the Supplementary Labour Scheme or as foreign domestic helpers. Cambodian nationals may also enter Hong Kong for investment (to establish or join in a business), training or study. Finally, Cambodian nationals may apply under the Quality Migrant Admission Scheme, the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates and the Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents.

The relaxation of visa requirements for Cambodian nationals will help foster co-operation and exchange between Hong Kong and Cambodia.

BAL Analysis: Companies interested in recruiting or hiring Cambodian nationals should consult with BAL about which route is the best option.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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