Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES Immigration)

The objective of the CIES program for Hong Kong Investment Visa is to facilitate the entry for residence by CIES investment entrants (the entrant), i.e. persons who make capital investment in Hong Kong but would not be engaged in the running of any business here. The entrant is allowed to make his choice of investments amongst permissible assets without the need to establish or join in a business.

The Scheme is applicable to

  • Foreign nationals (except nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba and Democratic People's Republic of Korea)
  • Macao Special Administrative Region (Macao SAR) residents
  • Chinese nationals who have obtained permanent resident status in a foreign country
  • Stateless persons who have obtained permanent resident status in a foreign country with proven re-entry facilities

Eligibility Criteria

  • To qualify for admission under the Hong Kong investment immigration, the CIES Hong Kong entrant must
  • Be aged 18 or above when applying for entry under the Scheme
  • Have net assets of not less than HKD$10,000,000 to which he is absolutely beneficially entitled throughout the two years preceding his application
  • Have invested within six months before submission of his application to the Immigration Department, or will invest within six months after the granting of approval in principle by the Immigration Department, not less than HKD$10,000,000 in permissible investment asset classes
  • Have no adverse record both in Hong Kong and country/region of residence.
  • Be able to demonstrate that he is capable of supporting and accommodating himself and his dependents, if any, on his own without relying on any return on the permissible investment assets, employment or public assistance in Hong Kong.

The entrant may at his own cost engage a Certified Public Accountant (Practising) to assist in demonstrating his fulfilment of this requirement.

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