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Hong Kong Work Visa – Is 2 Years Post Graduation Work Experience An Absolute Prerequisite?

May 14th, 2022

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If you are a graduate is it hard and fast that you need at least 2 years post graduation working experience in a managerial or supervisory capacity in order to secure a Hong Kong work visa – or is there some wriggle room in this regard?


Hi there,

I have heard in one of your podcasts, that one needs to have at least 2 years post-graduate experience.

After my graduation I was on a 1 year working holiday visa in Hong Kong and could claim 0.5 year working experience out of that. I also had lots of working experience before my graduation.

Now my question is:

Is the 2 years working experience a YES/NO criteria in getting a Hong Kong work visa?

Or is there a chance to receive an employment visa with less than 2 years experience if all other factors are positive?

And finally, would I be better off applying for a training visa in this case?

Thank you for your help.

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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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