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Facilitation Measures for Hong Kong People

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Since August 2017, the relevant Central Government departments have introduced a series of concrete measures to facilitate Hong Kong people studying, working and living in the Mainland. The measures which cover the areas of education, employment, setting up business and daily life matters enable Hong Kong people to capitalise on the opportunities brought about by the development of the country. The relevant measures include:

  • on education, it is specified in clear terms that to protect the rights and interests of Hong Kong and Macao students, Mainland higher education institutions and relevant authorities must accord equal treatment for Hong Kong and Macao students in admission, nurture, management and supporting services. Furthermore, to facilitate their job search and employment, Mainland authorities also require higher education institutions to issue Employment Agreements and Employment Registration Certificates to students from Hong Kong and Macao upon their graduation. For scholarships open to Hong Kong and Macao students as well as overseas Chinese students studying at Mainland higher education institutions, both the quota and amount have been increased;

  • on employment, the requirement for the people of Hong Kong and Macao to apply for employment permits for working in the Mainland is removed. The people of Hong Kong and Macao working in the Mainland can join the Housing Provident Fund and enjoy the same treatment accorded to Mainland residents in terms of base deposit, deposit ratio, processing procedures, as well as the drawing of money from the Housing Provident Fund, and the application for personal housing loans under the Housing Provident Fund, etc. People from Hong Kong/Macao leaving the Mainland to relocate back to Hong Kong/Macao will be allowed to withdraw any remaining balance in their Housing Provident Fund accounts, thereby facilitating them to plan for the longer term and achieve personal goals; and

  • as regards daily life matters, Hong Kong residents living in the Mainland who meet the relevant criteria can apply for residence permits. A residence permit holder is entitled to enjoy, in accordance with the law, three categories of rights, six basic public services and nine facilitation measures in the place where he or she is residing. This covers areas relating to daily living including employment, education, medical care, travel, financial services and so on. Besides, the China Railway Corporation has installed automatic ticket vending and issuing machines to read and verify Home Visit Re-entry Permits at train stations of various provinces and cities with relatively large demand for ticketing services from Hong Kong people. These ticketing machines can reduce the amount of time otherwise spent on queuing and ticket processing over the counter.

For details of the announced measures, please visit the following websites:

State Council's notice on Regulations for Application of Residence Permit for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Residents (Chinese Version Only) (19 August 2018)

Regulations for Application of Residence Permit for Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan Residents (Chinese Version Only) (16 August 2018)

Removal of the requirement for people from Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macao working in the Mainland to apply for employment permits announced by the State Council (Chinese Version Only) (3 August 2018)

Relevant Central Government departments promulgated a new batch of policies and measures to facilitate Hong Kong and Macao residents studying, working and living in the Mainland (Chinese Version Only) (18 December 2017)

The Hong Kong and Macao Affairs Office of the State Council spoke on the policies and measures which were actively adopted by the relevant Central Government departments to facilitate Hong Kong and Macao compatriots studying, working and living in the Mainland (Chinese Version Only) (10 August 2017)

For other relevant documents, please visit the following websites:

Question by Legislative Council

LCQ11: Measures facilitating Hong Kong people and enterprises in the development of careers and businesses on the Mainland (10 January 2018)

Media

"More measures to facilitate Hong Kong people studying, working and living in the Mainland in pipeline" by Patrick Nip, Secretary for Constitutional and Mainland Affairs (Chinese Version Only) (press release on 27 December 2017)

For more information on studying, working and living in the Mainland, please visit the following webpages of the Mainland Offices of the HKSAR Government :