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Immigration Update: Hong Kong


November 7th, 2016

Revised version of Sponsor Form ID 990B for Employment Visa applications

With immediate effect, the Hong Kong Immigration Department (HKID) has updated their current version of the sponsor application form i.e. ID 990B which now includes a supplementary declaration towards the end of the form (Page 5). The employing company which acts as the sponsor for the applicant during the period of employment in Hong Kong is now required to officially declare and confirm whether genuine efforts have been made to recruit a suitable local candidate for the position before hiring a foreign national. The Hong Kong Immigration Department confirmed that the declaration will be needed for all Employment Visa applications under the General Employment Policy & Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals.

Recommendation & Impact

We advise all employers to ensure genuine efforts are made to recruit suitable local candidates (via job advertisements sites and company websites etc.) and also ensure the records of advertisements, interviews and resumes of candidates are available in case they are requested by the HKID. Failure to declare or produce proof of local recruitment and responses of local candidates may result in delay or rejection of application.

In the event that local recruitment efforts were not made, the employing Company must provide the relevant justifications as to why locals are not suitable for the position applied.

Please feel free to contact the following if you have any questions:


June Mok
Group Immigration Manager Asia
Santa Fe Group Relocation Services
Tel : +603 7805 4322
Mobile : +6019 32 888 12
Email :

Mustafa MohammedGMS
Immigration Services Manager
Santa Fe Relocation Services Hong Kong
Tel : +852 2574 6204
Direct : +852 2586 6023
Mobile : +852 9023 3109
Email :


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