CPD Programme for Solicitors & Others

Schooling the Lawyers – Non-local Graduates (IANG) Visa

Explore the Immigration Arrangements for Non-Local Graduates (IANG) in Hong Kong, a policy that allows foreign graduates from local tertiary institutions to integrate into the workforce. Established since 2003, this visa type offers a pathway for students to transition into employment post-graduation without the standard requirement of two years’ work experience. This summary outlines the two categories: fresh graduates, who gain an automatic two-year visa to work without a prior job offer; and returning graduates, who must secure employment with a credible sponsor and receive a salary commensurate with market rates but do not need to prove the unavailability of local candidates for the job. Fresh graduates enjoy flexibility in employment types, while returning graduates can switch employers without formal permission but must show genuine employment upon visa extension. Initially offering a one-year stay, recent enhancements now allow a two-year visa for fresh graduates, with extensions of up to three years for both fresh and returning graduates. This guide provides a concise overview of the IANG visa’s advantages, requirements, and procedures for integrating international talent into Hong Kong’s workforce.

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The Rest of the Series

Profectional Business Immigration To Hong Kong
2023 Resources For Delegates

The Visitor Visa

Extending A Visitor Visa

The Travel Pass Super-charged Visitor Visa

Pre-Arrival Registration for Indian Nationals

Employment Visa

Admission of Mainland Talents & Professionals Visa

Training Visa

Non-local Graduates (IANG) Visa

Business Investment (Entrepreneur) Visa

Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES)

Quality Migrant Admission Scheme (QMAS)

Top Talent Pass

Dependant Visa

Defacto Spouse Visa

Supplementary Labour Scheme

Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS)

Working Holiday Scheme

Right of Abode in Hong Kong

Unconditional Stay


Final Appeal

Admission Scheme for 2nd Generation of
Hong Kong Chinese Permanent Residents (ASSG)