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Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme (VPAS)

The Vocational Professionals Admission Scheme (VPAS) is an initiative promulgated by the HKSAR Government in support of the Vocational and Professional Education and Training (VPET). This new measure would provide more skilled manpower to meet the needs arising from the economic restructuring and technological advancement of Hong Kong. By putting in place the diverse training modes and programmes, it can nurture high-caliber vocational and professional talents to expand the talent pool for Hong Kong, the Greater Bay Area and even our country, thereby enhancing the comparative advantages of VPET in Hong Kong and driving economic growth at both the national and local levels.

 

The VPAS will run as pilot for two years. Under the scheme, non-local students (including those from the Mainland, other countries and regions) enrolled in designated full-time VTC Higher Diploma programmes in Hong Kong for the 2024/25 and 2025/26 academic years will upon graduation be eligible to apply for employment in Hong Kong. These graduates can enter different professional industries related to their study programmes, including Aviation, Transport and Logistics; Innovation and Technology; Electrical and Mechanical Services; Building, Civil Engineering and Built Environment; and Maritime.

 

Highlights of VPAS:

  • 2-year pilot scheme (admission for the 2024/25 and 2025/26 academic years)
  • Applicable to non-local students (including those from the Mainland China and other countries/regions¹)
  • Applicant for VPAS visa must be aged 18 or above
  • Studying one of the 27 full-time Higher Diploma (2-year) programmes in five professional industries offered by the VTC, as designated by the HKSAR Government
  • Eligible to apply for a 1-year VPAS visa to stay in Hong Kong for job search upon graduation²
  • Required to work full-time in a profession relevant to their programme of study
  • Eligible to apply for Hong Kong permanent residency after accumulating a total of 7 years of residency in Hong Kong (including two years of study, one year for job search and subsequent four years of employment)

(1) Not applicable to nationals of Afghanistan, Cuba, Laos, Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Nepal and Vietnam.
(2) Higher Diploma graduates can also pursue full-time study of bachelor's degree programmes in Hong Kong after graduation. Interested applicants can contact VTC for more information.

VPAS Timeline

 

List of Designated Full-time VTC Higher Diploma Programmes:

Aviation, Transport and Logistics

Innovation and Technology

Programme Programme Code Discipline
Higher Diploma in Software Engineering IT114105 Information Technology
Higher Diploma in Game Software Development IT114107 Information Technology
Higher Diploma in Cloud and Data Centre Administration IT114115 Information Technology
Higher Diploma in AI and Mobile Applications Development IT114118 Information Technology
Higher Diploma in Cybersecurity IT114122 Information Technology
Higher Diploma in AI and Smart Technology IT114124 Information Technology
Higher Diploma in Data Science and AI IT114126 Information Technology
Higher Diploma in Games and Animation IT114206 Information Technology
Higher Diploma in Theme Park and Theatre Creative Technology IT114208 Information Technology
Higher Diploma in Multimedia, VR and Interactive Technology IT114212 Information Technology

Electrical and Mechanical Services

Programme Programme Code Discipline
Higher Diploma in Electrical Engineering EG114401 Engineering
Higher Diploma in Mechanical Engineering EG114701 Engineering

Building, Civil Engineering and Built Environment

Programme Programme Code Discipline
Higher Diploma in Architectural Design* DE110512* Design
Higher Diploma in Landscape Architecture* DE110512* Design
Higher Diploma in Civil Engineering EG114101 Engineering
Higher Diploma in Building Studies EG114105 Engineering
Higher Diploma in Surveying EG114111 Engineering
Higher Diploma in Architectural Technology and Design EG114142 Engineering
Higher Diploma in Geospatial Science and Land Surveying EG114143 Engineering
Higher Diploma in Building Services Engineering EG114702 Engineering

* Applicant should apply for "Higher Diploma in Architecture, Interior and Landscape Design (Subject Group)" (DE110512). The 1st semester is a common semester, students will progress to the professional programmes in the 2nd semester.

Maritime

Programme Programme Code Discipline
Higher Diploma in Maritime Studies EG114712 Engineering

For more information about other VTC programmes: Click Here

 

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