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Statistically, What Are the Chances of Your Hong Kong Investment Visa Application Being Approved?

December 24th, 2012

Posted in Hadley Says…, Investment Visas, The Hong Kong Visa Geeza /


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Each year, there are between  250 and 400 business investment visas approved in Hong Kong.

This compares with the approximately 1,600 Capital Investment Entrant Scheme visas which are issued here annually.

As a business investment visa approval can be had for less than a HKD1 million investment in Hong Kong, compared to the minimum HKD10 million under the capital investment visa programme, it may come as a surprise that so few business investment visas are granted each year.

But that’s not the whole story.

Whilst the Hong Kong ID do not put out statistics on how many applications for business investment visas are applied for each year, the file referencing system of the Department actually sheds a great deal of light on the numbers of application they receive.

And, believe it or not, it amounts to approximately 250 each month!

This means, statistically, only 15% or so of all investment visa applications are approved each year!

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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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