Hong Kong immigration authorities announced that they are requiring Talent Admission Scheme applicants to provide their criminal history.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals must now provide their history of criminal convictions (if any) when applying under the Talent Admission Scheme, including the:
    • General Employment Policy.
    • Admission Scheme for Mainland Talents and Professionals.
    • Technology Talent Admission Scheme.
    • Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates.
    • Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents.
  • Applicants under the Capital Investment Entrant and the Foreign Domestic Helper schemes are excluded from the new requirement.
  • Those who do not disclose past criminal convictions may have their applications denied.

BAL Analysis: Hong Kong authorities introduced the new criminal convictions requirement to reduce security issues for those traveling to the region.

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