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ACADEMIC PROGRAMMESVisa after Graduation

ACADEMIC PROGRAMMESVisa after Graduation

Non-local Students Working in Hong Kong After Graduation (applicable to PolyU degree seekers only)

To facilitate non-local students to stay and work in Hong Kong after graduation, the Hong Kong Immigration Department introduced a scheme known as the Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG). This scheme is open to all non-local graduates who have obtained a degree or other higher qualification through a full-time locally accredited programme in Hong Kong.

Under the IANG, non-local graduates who apply within six months of graduating (according to the date shown on their letter of certification or graduation certificate) may apply to stay and work in Hong Kong without having secured an offer of employment upon application. These applicants are classified as fresh graduates. Fresh graduates who meet the normal immigration requirements may be permitted to stay for 12 months with no conditions.

Non-local graduates who apply later than six months after graduating (according to the date shown on their letter of certification or graduation certificate) are classified as returning non-local graduates. Returning non-local graduates must have secured an offer of employment at the time of their application.  

Non-local graduates admitted under the IANG who have ordinarily resided in Hong Kong continuously for seven years or more inclusive of the years spent as students may also apply for the right of abode in Hong Kong in accordance with the law.

For details, please visit http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/IANG.html