Genie Lam

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My name is Genie.  I am 29 years old this year.  I was born and raised in Vancouver and lived in Vancouver all my life until I moved to Hong Kong.  My parents and sibling are still living in Vancouver.  I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Commerce with the specialization in Accounting and Marketing.  I am also a chartered accountant. 

I was qualified for the ASSG programme because both of my parents are Chinese Hong Kong permanent residents.  The application process was very fast.  From the day I submitted (the application) to the acceptance letter it was only a matter of few weeks.  Overall I would say the application process was very smooth and very straight forward to follow. And I was very lucky to be one of the first batch to apply for the programme and fortunately was received (approved) the application.  I think I benefit in many ways from the Scheme, for example, I am able to freely look for employment in Hong Kong.  At the same time, I am able to set up a business in Hong Kong as a Hong Kong person.  There are many benefits in this area.  At the same time, I am able to apply for credit cards, banking, insurance, a lot of lifestyle improvements from having a HKID (Hong Kong identity card).  I chose to come to Hong Kong because my husband has a family business in Mainland China.  At the time we both wanted to create a milestone in Hong Kong and so Hong Kong is a perfect platform for us to develop our new business, especially to start up a new brand for the international market.  To me, Hong Kong is a really great place to start a business.  The government has a lot of support for new companies like ourselves.  Also, it is a great connector for many different Asian countries in the market.  Its export and import is also very convenient and the tax free makes it an advantage when we deal with external clients.  At the same time, we get to leverage on a lot of skilled labour especially the skilled engineers to watch over our automatic machines.  We also received a lot of funding from the government for export trade shows, developing some new research and development, and marketing activities in Mainland China.  I will definitely recommend the ASSG programme because it allows people like myself to come to Hong Kong to explore the culture, learn about it and have the opportunity to find a job here without the pressure of having employers worrying about the visa.

The Hong Kong Immigration Department has implemented the Admission Scheme for the Second Generation of Chinese Hong Kong Permanent Residents on 4 May 2015.  Apart from normal immigration requirements, applicants under the scheme will have to meet the following criteria: aged between 18 and 40, be born overseas, have at least one parent who is the holder of a valid Hong Kong Permanent Identity Card at the time of application and was a Chinese national who had settled overseas at the time of the applicant’s birth. They must have a good education background, be proficient in written and spoken Chinese or English and have sufficient financial means.

Persons admitted under the scheme may apply to bring in their spouse and unmarried dependent children under the age of 18 to Hong Kong under the prevailing dependant policy. Persons admitted under the scheme may also apply for the right of abode in Hong Kong in accordance with the law after ordinarily residing in Hong Kong for a continuous period of not less than 7 years.

Please contact the Hong Kong Immigration Department for enquiry on the Scheme.