Hong Kong wants fin­tech whizzes and cre­ative types to boost econ­omy

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HONG KONG: If you’re a waste treat­ment spe­cial­ist, ac­tu­ary or naval ar­chi­tect, Hong Kong wants you.

The govern­ment this week un­veiled a tal­ent list to at­tract skilled work­ers in 11 pro­fes­sions that the city is seen as need­ing most. Ex­perts in as­set man­age­ment, fin­tech and data science are also on the list. Peo­ple in those fields will get pri­ori­tised im­mi­gra­tion treat­ment even if they haven’t se­cured a job.

Qual­i­fy­ing ap­pli­cants will score a maxi- mum of 30 bonus points un­der the Qual­ity Mi­grant Ad­mis­sion Scheme’s (QMAS) gen­eral points test for work­ing in one of the 11 stated pro­fes­sions in the tal­ent list.

Other fac­tors such as age, ed­u­ca­tion, work­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and lan­guage pro­fi­ciency will also be counted. The min­i­mum pass­ing mark is 80 points.

The ini­tia­tive comes as the Asian fi­nan­cial hub seeks to bol­ster its com­pet­i­tive­ness in fi­nance and catch up on tech­nol­ogy with the neigh­bour­ing main­land hub of Shen­zhen. Hong Kong is also look­ing to en­hance its po­si­tion as an in­ter­na­tional mar­itime hub de­spite in­tense com­pe­ti­tion from other ci­ties in the re­gion.

If you don’t qual­ify for any of those 11 fields on the tal­ent list, how­ever, fear not: another op­tion to get in un­der the QMAS is via the achieve­ment-based points test, with stated ex­am­ples in­clud­ing win­ning Olympic medals or a No­bel prize. Here’s the full list:

Waste treat­ment spe­cial­ists; as­set man­age­ment pro­fes­sion­als; marine in­surance pro­fes­sion­als; ac­tu­ar­ies; fin­tech pro­fes­sion­als; data sci­en­tists and cy­ber se­cu­rity spe­cial­ists; innovation and tech­nol­ogy ex­perts; naval ar­chi­tects; marine en­gi­neers and su­per­in­ten­dents of ships; cre­ative in­dus­tries pro­fes­sion­als; dis­pute res­o­lu­tion pro­fes­sion­als and trans­ac­tional lawyers — Bloomberg

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