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August 21st, 2023

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Can You Get A Visa For A Hong Kong Freelance Job?

Hong Kong Freelance Job

First Published April 22, 2012 – Updated August 2023

Visas for one-man consulting businesses figure constantly in our enquiry Inbox. This post will attempt to put to bed this question once and for all, namely …

Is It Possible To Get Visa For A Hong Kong Freelance Job?


“I am currently working as a consultant for a South African company and I am doing consulting for a large international conglomerate in Hong Kong. My current role involves project management and functional consulting.

Given my expertise and experience, I am interested to change my current position and do freelance consulting in Hong Kong – which will require me to have an investment visa, right?

Do you believe this is possible?

Thanks a lot in advance for your feedback.”

Can You Get A Visa For A Hong Kong Freelance Job? Quite Possibly – But ‘It Depends’ …


Many thanks for your enquiry about possible immigration status for a Hong Kong freelnace job as a foreign national resdient here.

Yes, you are right. If you intend to start a business for yourself you will require a business investment visa as an entrepreneur.

Every case is unique and has to be taken on its own merits.

One man consulting business underpinning a Hong Kong freelance job DO get approved by the Hong Kong Immigration Department, but it is important that the right conditions be present in the proposed new business situation and also that the story is told in a favourable way to promote an argument which serves to satisfy the investment visa approvability test of being able to show that you will be in a position to make a substantial contribution to the economy of Hong Kong.

I am including below some information resources on this topic that you may not have seen. I trust they help to guide you in your thinking in order that you can make an informed decision about your next move en route to a Hong Kong freelance job in due course.

One-Man Businesses – What’s Required

One-Man Business – Case Studies

One-Man Businesses – Business Review After Approval

Of course, complete information on the investment visa is contained in the Hong Kong Visa Handbook. You can access all of these resources via this PDF and then click on the icons to take you to the extended detail.

You might also wish to pursue the Top Talent Pass and Quality Migrant Admission Schemes too. Each of these visas will enable you undertake consulting work as you plan, although both have them have their very own exacting requirements and  approvability challenges.

You’re South African and so a Working Holiday Visa is not available to you but can be a useful immigration status for certain qualifying nationalities.

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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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