Non-local students studying full-time locally-accredited local or non-local programs at undergraduate level or above whose study period is not less than one academic year may take up study/curriculum-related internships as arranged or endorsed by institutions, subject to a maximum duration of one academic year, or one-third of the normal duration of the relevant full-time academic program, whichever is the shorter. Non-local students of full-time locally-accredited sub-degree local programs with a study period of not less than two academic years may apply take up internships which are mandatory, study/curriculum-related and arranged or endorsed by institutions, subject to a maximum duration of six months. Non-local students (excluding exchange students) studying full-time locally-accredited local programs at undergraduate level or above whose study period is not less than one academic year may take up –
- Part-time on-campus employment for not more than 20 hours per week throughout the year; and
- Summer jobs without any limit on working hours and location.
Hong Kong is a place full of opportunities, be it for advancing up your career ladder or realizing your dream. You will earn valuable work experience if you decide to stay in Hong Kong for work after graduation, especially if you are determined to tap on the market of Mainland China, the world’s fastest economy, in future. There is a favorable policy, called the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates (IANG) for non-local fresh graduates to stay in Hong Kong for 12 months after graduation without any restrictions to seek jobs. For more specific advice on your development after graduation, you may consult the Careers and Placement Office of your institution for assistance. Besides, you can obtain comprehensive employment information from the Labor Department of the HKSAR Government, including employment legislation, employee rights and benefits, as well as job vacancies, etc.
Youth Employment Start (Y.E.S.) (administered by the Labor Department) provides one-stop advisory and support services on employment and self-employment to youngsters aged between 15 and 29. It provides support to young people to start their career on the right track, enhance their employability, facilitate them to access the latest labor market information and help them secure a firm footing in the labor market for sustainable development. Non-local graduates admitted under the IANG may apply for extension of stay to work in Hong Kong within 4 weeks before their limit of stay expires. Upon application, the non-local graduates are required to have secured an offer of employment which is at a level commonly taken up by degree holders and the remuneration package is set at market level. For those who have established or joined in business in the HKSAR, they are required to produce proof of their business. Successful applicants will normally be permitted to remain on time limitation on a 2-3 years pattern without other conditions of stay.