Once an applicant meets all prerequisites, he/she is eligible and may appear for either of the two tests – General Points Test or Achievement-based Points Test, based on their qualifications and skillet.
The General Points Test has a six-point scoring factor whereas the Achievement-based Points Test has a one-point scoring factor. There is a minimum passing mark requirement for both the tests.
However, the candidates who choose to appear for the Achievement-based test are advised to re-evaluate the marking scheme to ensure they shall be able to achieve the bare minimum marks before looking for the exam.
The selection process for quota allotment to candidates for both the tests is done a regular basis. During the selection process, the candidates who fulfill the prerequisites and have scored the desired minimum marks are ranked by their scores. The highest scoring applications are shortlisted for further assessment.
At this stage, the Director of Immigration may consult the Advisory Committee, formed by official and non-official members appointed by the Chief Executive of HKSAR and discuss the final selection of talented and skilled candidates for immigration to Hong Kong.
The Advisory Committee considers multiple factors like the socio-economic needs of Hong Kong, the educational and sectoral mix of the candidates, etc. and recommends candidates to the Director of Immigration to have the best allocation of the quota in each selection process.
Thus, merely meeting the prerequisites or scoring the minimum passing score does not guarantee a quota allotment to the candidate.
The Director of Immigration is free to award points to candidates in both the tests as per his will. He has total discretion to approve or refuse an application without giving any prior reason.
This scheme is subject to change without any prior notice as and when the Director feels the need to change.
Results from each selection process are published on the Immigration Department’s website.
An application may seem to be under process until it either gets approved or receives refusal from the Immigration department.
All applicants who get selected and are allotted a quota in the selection process, receive an approval-in-principle letter. This letter does not still guarantee approval of the candidate for immigration to Hong Kong under the Qmas Scheme.
The applicants who receive the letter are then asked to visit Hong Kong for an in-person interview and for verification of all documents that they had submitted during the application process.
The candidates may visit Hong Kong on a visitor visa for this purpose. Once the reports are verified, and the applicant fares well in the interview, he/she has then issued a Visa or entry permit under the Hong Kong Qmas Visa Scheme.