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Recruitment Guidelines

Recruitment Guidelines

The CUHK MBA Recruitment Guidelines are provided as reference for recruiters and non-local students who attempt to work in Hong Kong, to ensure an efficient and licit recruiting process between them. All recruiters are expected to comply with these guidelines. If you have any further enquiries, please contact our Center for support.

Recruitment Guidelines

Guidelines for Non-local Students Working in Hong Kong

Non-local MBA students (excluding exchange students) are eligible for taking up part-time study/ curriculum-related internship, part-time on campus job and summer employment under the relaxation of employment restriction for non-local students by the Immigration Department of HKSAR Government since May 2008.

Eligible non-local students will be notified of the relaxation individually by a “No Objection Letter” (NOL), which will be issued upon issue of the student visas/ entry permits.

Part-time Study / Curriculum-related Internship

  • Must be study / curriculum-related
  • Must be arranged OR endorsed by the University
  • With a duration up to one academic year, OR 1/3 of the normal duration of the study program, whichever is the shorter
  • Cannot take place before the student is officially registered with the University and begins attending any scheduled classes, OR when the student has fulfilled all the course / credit requirements for graduation

Part-time On Campus Job

  • Restricted to on campus employment at designated operators
  • If the work location is outside campus, the employer must be the University
  • Cumulative duration should NOT exceed 18 hours per week (Note: all CUHK students are only allowed to work on campus for less than 18 hours per week notwithstanding an upper limit of 20 hours per week is granted by the HKSAR Immigration Department)
  • Unused hours will NOT be allowed to roll-over from one week to another

Summer Employment

  • From June 1 to August 31 (both dates inclusive)
  • No limit in relation to work hours and location


For details, please visit HKSAR Immigration Department’s website: FAQs > Immigration Policy on Study > Employment during the Study Programme

You may also visit CUHK Career Planning and Development Center’s website: How can non-local students be employed legally in Hong Kong?

Immigration Arrangements for Non-local Graduates (IANG)

Under the Immigration Arrangement for Non-local Graduates (IANG), non-local graduates are allowed to stay and work in Hong Kong after their graduation, subject to the following conditions:

Who are eligible for the IANG?

Non-local students who have obtained a degree or higher qualification in a full-time and locally-accredited Program in Hong Kong.

However, the IANG does not apply to nationals of the following countries:

  • Afghanistan
  • Albania
  • Cambodia
  • Cuba
  • The Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK)
  • Laos
  • Nepal
  • Vietnam

Eligibility criteria (Non-local Fresh Graduate)

  • Apply within six months after the date of their graduation
  • May be granted 12 months´ stay on time limitation without any other conditions of stay, regardless of the term of employment
  • Free to take up and change employment without prior approval from the Immigration Department

Eligibility criteria (Returning Non-local Graduate)

  • Apply after six months of the date of their graduation
  • Required to apply with a local employment offer at graduate level, of which the remuneration package is set at market level


If you require further information on the IANG, please visit:

Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) Requirements

The MWO applies to all employees for full-time employment, study/ curriculum-related internships as well as summer internships.

We believe the waive of statutory minimum wage will be less likely to apply on hiring our MBA students, given that most of our students should have a few years of work experiences and are over the age of 26 years, while most of the internships are regarded as beneficial to students’ learning experiences, rather than a compulsory or elective component for the award of academic qualifications by MBA Programs, CUHK.

Important Notes on the Hong Kong Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) (Cap. 608) 

Under the MWO, the statutory minimum wage does NOT apply to:

  • Student interns; AND
  • Work experience students during a period of exempt student employment.

“Student intern” means:

  • a student undergoing a period of work arranged or endorsed by an education institution in connection with an accredited Program being provided by the institution to the student; OR
  • a student resident in Hong Kong and undergoing a period of work arranged or endorsed by an institution in connection with a non-local education Program being provided by the institution to the student,

for which the work is a compulsory or elective component of the requirements for the award of the academic qualification to which the Program leads.

“Work experience student” means:

  • a student who is enrolled in an accredited Program; OR
  • a student who is a resident in Hong Kong and enrolled in a non-local education Program,

and is under the age of 26 years at the beginning of employment. The work experience student may agree with the employer to have a continuous period of up to 59 days as exempt student employment if:

  • the student has not commenced another exempt student employment period within the same calendar year (whether under the employment of the same employer or not); AND
  • the student has made a statutory declaration verifying the fact in (a) above and provided the declaration (or copy) to the employer.

For details, please visit HKSAR Labour Department’s website:

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