What Is The Hong Kong Capital Investment Entrant Scheme

Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES) in Hong Kong, granting residency through a minimum HKD 30 million investment in approved assets. The program requires a clean immigration record, age 18+, and specific financial asset investments. Eligibility may entail nationality requirements. After 7 years, applicants can seek permanent residency.

The Benefits

Citizenship and Family Inclusion

Dependents included:

  • Spouse or partner.
  • Unmarried dependent children under 18 years of age.

Quality of Life

An expat-friendly environment and an international financial hub.


  • Possibility to apply for permanent residency after 7 years of continuous ordinary residence.
  • Invest in a diverse range of permissible asset classes and obtain residency in exchange.

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    Hong Kong CIES Requirements

    • Main applicant must have net assets of not less than HKD30 million for the two years preceding the application.
    • The main applicant must have an age of 18 or above.
    • Main applicant must have a clean immigration record.
    • Invest Hong Kong will assess whether the applicant fulfills the net asset and investment requirements.

    Capital Investment Entrant Scheme Options

    Invest HKD27 million or more in the following permissible asset classes:


    This option involves purchasing shares of companies listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. It offers ownership in these companies, potentially yielding dividends and capital appreciation.

    Debt Securities

    Invest in debt securities including fixed or floating rate instruments and convertible bonds issued or fully guaranteed by the Hong Kong Government, the Exchange Fund, the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation, MTR Corporation Limited, Kowloon-Canton Railway Corporation, Hong Kong Airport Authority, and other corporations, agencies or bodies owned by the Hong Kong Government.

    Certificates of Deposits

    Issued by authorized institutions with a maturity of at least 12 months, Certificates of Deposits provide a secure investment option. They offer fixed interest rates over the investment period and are considered relatively safe compared to other investment vehicles.

    Subordinated Debt

    This involves investing in debt instruments issued by authorized institutions. Subordinated debt, while offering potentially higher interest rates, holds a lower priority for repayment in case of insolvency.

    Apart from investing 27 HKD million in the abovementioned asset classes, the applicant will also need to place HKD 3 million into a new CIES Investment Portfolio overseen by the Hong Kong Investment Corporation Limited.

    The Process

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    Due Diligence and Application

    • Invest Hong Kong assesses the applicant’s fulfillment of net asset and investment requirements.
    • The Hong Kong Immigration Department evaluates visa and extensions of stay applications.

    Approval and Investment

    • Successful applicants typically receive permission to stay for up to two years initially.
    • Extensions of stay can be sought for up to three years upon the initial authorization’s expiry.
    • Subsequent extensions may be applied for, allowing an additional three years each time based on the same criteria.

    HK Permanent Residency

    • After a minimum of seven years of continuous ordinary residence, applicants and their dependents can apply for permanent residency in Hong Kong .

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      Frequently Asked Questions

      The Hong Kong Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES) is a residency program that allows individuals to gain residency in Hong Kong by investing at least HKD 30 million in specified financial assets, with the opportunity to apply for permanent residency after seven years.

      In the Hong Kong Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES), dependents eligible to be included in the application are the spouse or partner and the applicant’s unmarried children who are under 18 years old.

      Becoming a permanent resident in Hong Kong offers several benefits. Permanent residents have the right to live, work, and study in Hong Kong indefinitely. They also gain access to most social benefits, such as public healthcare. Additionally, permanent residents are protected under Hong Kong’s Basic Law.

      The application process involves an initial assessment by InvestHK on net assets and investment requirements, followed by the HK ImmD’s review of visa and extension applications, granting up to two years of stay initially, and the opportunity to apply for permanent residency after seven years of continuous residence.

      To obtain permanent residency in Hong Kong through the Capital Investment Entrant Scheme (CIES), invest at least HKD 30 million in approved assets, comply with assessments by InvestHK and the ImmD, live in Hong Kong for seven continuous years, and then apply for permanent residency for yourself and dependents.

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