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How Important Are Employment Testimonials in a Hong Kong QMAS Visa Application?

October 11th, 2012

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The Quality Migrant Admission Scheme is designed to attract ‘top notch’ talents to the HKSAR and, by my reckoning, only about 5% of applicants ever receive a Golden Ticket. Of course if you happen to have a Nobel prize or you are an Olympiad with a medal to your name, the odds of an approval are a lot higher. However, if you’re applying under the General Points Test, your educational accomplishments, professional background and career achievements to date are of vital importance. As is documenting them…



The QMAS visa documentation requires “Copies of testimonials from every employer claimed as relevant to your application.”

- Is it same as experience letters from current and ex-employers?

- If not, is there any particular format of these letters?

- Is it a mandatory document?

Thanks so  much!”


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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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