Ever since it was first launched back in 2006, the QMAS (Quality Migrant Admission Scheme) displayed China’s willingness towards attracting as many talented technology experts as possible.
Recently, Hong Kong’s government has set its eyes on various talents with specialties in innovative technologies such as blockchain and has even released a list that covers a range of 11 professions that are eligible for receiving bonus marks when applying for the city’s QMAS.
One particular area of the program is dedicated to attracting innovation and technology experts in artificial intelligence, robotics, distributed ledger technologies, biometric technologies, and industrial/chemical engineering, etc.
For those who don’t know, QMAS is a quota-based entrant scheme that basically allows successful applications to settle in the Chinese special administrative region without having to first secure a job offer from an official local employer.
As per the program’s description, “the Scheme is a quota-based entrant scheme. It seeks to attract highly skilled or talented persons to settle in Hong Kong in order to enhance Hong Kong’s economic competitiveness.”
Applicants are required to meet various specifications
The selection process requires applicants to undergo two tests, a General Points Test and an Achievement-based Points Test. As per the government’s announcement, “for applicants who meet the specifications of the respective profession under the Talent List, bonus marks will be given under the General Points Test of the QMAS.”
According to another official statement, to qualify for the program, technology and blockchain experts must hold a bachelor degree and a fair share of practical experience and enough knowledge to apply blockchain technology in financial services.
With this latest list, Hong Kong continues its mission towards adopting blockchain tech to boost its competitiveness in the financial fields.