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As the Scheme does not cover Chinese citizens, applicants should obtain permanent resident status in a foreign country before applying for the Scheme.
The applicant may be allowed to bring in their dependants (i.e. spouse and unmarried dependent children under 18 years of age) provided that the applicant is capable of supporting and accommodating his/her dependants on his/her own without relying on any return on the permissible investment assets, employment or public assistance in Hong Kong.
The applicant is required to apply to become a permanent resident of Hong Kong after a period of continuous ordinary residence in Hong Kong of not less than seven years.
The applicant is not allowed to withdraw any capital gain from his/her investment if its market value rises above the requisite level. Cash dividend income and interest income derived from permissible financial assets can be retained by the applicant and does not need to be ring-fenced under the Scheme.
The applicant is not required to top up the value of his/her investment in any asset classes should the value of his/her total investment under the Scheme fall below the requisite minimum level of HK$10 million.
The applicant is free to switch investments from one permissible asset class to another, provided that the entire proceeds from the sale of the initial assets are reinvested. He/She should keep a record of every change to his/her investment portfolio for the purpose of applying for an extension of stay in Hong Kong.
The applicant is only allowed to open a single account under the Scheme with any financial intermediary in Hong Kong. The information shown may be subject to change by the Immigration Department. For more information, please visit the Immigration Departments website www.immd.gov.hk, or contact our Customer Service Hotline on (852) 3426 9376.