The Hong Kong Immigration Department (HKID) has agreed to implement the recommendations of the Audit Commission, which will likely affect the adjudication of applications in the General Employment Policy, Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals, Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS) and Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG) schemes. Although there has not been a formal announcement of the implementation of these recommendations, employers should be prepared for stricter adjudication standards in effect immediately.
Stricter Application Standards
Immigration authorities plan to use stricter adjudication standards when assessing the following areas of visa applications:
• Local worker recruitment methods;
• Market level remuneration rates; and
• Authenticity verification methods for supporting documents of IANG applications.