Capital Investment Entrant Scheme, or “CIES” – No more real estate. So what to invest in?

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As of October 14th 2010 the threshold for investment under CIES is $10 million HKD. Furthermore, real estate has temporarily been suspended as a permissible asset under the scheme.  So what can you invest in? You can invest in stock, equities or debt securities (from an approved list) or a combination of the qualifying criteria. You must be able to …

Are you starting or joining a company in Hong Kong? Here’s what you will need to consider.

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The difference between investment and employment visas for new entities is that you will need to be a holder of company shares (the number of shares is different for each case). What you will need to show: You must possess the necessary skills, qualifications and experience to benefit the company. The company must demonstrate that the new entity is potentially …

Are You Applying For A Hong Kong Employment Visa? Get Ready For Show And Tell!

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Here are a few helpful tips. First, what does this visa cover? –       intra-company transfer –       new hire –       training –       investment  What is there to consider? There are three main points to think about: the sponsoring company, the applicant and the vacancy. What questions need to be answered? How long has the sponsoring company been around and how well …

Can Air Conditioning Make You Sick?

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In a 2004 study published in the International Journal of Epidemiology, the office AC was found to be a big contributing factor to the sick-building syndrome (SBS). SBS is related to the situation when people develop certain symptoms when they are in the building, but the symptoms disappear as soon as they are outside. It was discovered by Dr. Dan Teculescu of …

Getting an Employment Visa: Mutual Responsibility Or A One Man Show?

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Most employers in Hong Kong understand that getting an employment visa is a two-way street and as a rule assist their foreign employees with the visa they require to work in Hong Kong. However, at times you may hear a cold reply – “sort it out yourself” or “getting a visa is your responsibility” This is not a great way …

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Looking for young talent? Need a fresh perspective for your project? Get an intern from Hong Kong or overseas. Rent a Gwailo! What happens when overseas experience meets local expertise? A former expat intern and an innovative Hong Kong business owner developed an innovative solution for local companies known as Rent a Gwailo. Together we know all the good, the …

LOVE TO SHARE TOY COLLECTION PROGRAMME

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Sometimes doing the right thing is really easy. And this is the case with Love To Share Toy Collection Programme, organized by YMCA Hong Kong and Hong Kong Post Office. Fourteen posts across the city have been set up for toy collection. The toys collected will then go to YMCA “Toy Bank” and will be given out to children under …