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Government launches enhanced Technology Talent Admission Scheme
     ​The Innovation and Technology Commission today (December 28) launched enhancement measures to the Technology Talent Admission Scheme (TechTAS) as announced in "The Chief Executive's 2022 Policy Address", with a view to expediting the admission of innovation and technology (I&T) talent from around the world to undertake research and development (R&D) work in Hong Kong, and charting Hong Kong to move towards the vision of becoming an international I&T centre.
     The enhanced TechTAS lifts the local employment requirement, extends the quota validity period to two years and expands the coverage to more emerging technology areas. New technology areas can also be added as and when considered necessary by the Commissioner for Innovation and Technology to fit in with the I&T development in Hong Kong.
     The enhancements of the TechTAS further increase the attractiveness and flexibility of the scheme so that eligible companies, which conduct research and development activities in 14 technology areas in Hong Kong, i.e. advanced communication technologies, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, cybersecurity, data analytics, digital entertainment, financial technologies, green technology, integrated circuit design, Internet-of-Things, material science, microelectronics, quantum technology and robotics, can benefit from the certainty and streamlined procedures offered by the scheme, thereby contributing to Hong Kong's economic growth and competitiveness.
     Launched in June 2018, the TechTAS provides a fast-track arrangement for admitting overseas and Mainland technology talent. Successful companies will be given quotas for bringing in such people for undertaking R&D work. Online applications can be made on the TechTAS website (techtas.itc.gov.hk). For enquiries, please contact the TechTAS Team at the Innovation and Technology Commission (Tel: 3855 7600; email: techtas@itc.gov.hk). 
Ends/Wednesday, December 28, 2022
Issued at HKT 14:13
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