Photo taken on June 22, 2016 shows a view of the Victoria Bay in Hong Kong, south China. (QIN QING / XINHUA)

The Hong Kong government received about 2,600 applications for the Top Talent Pass Scheme and had approved about 1,400 by Wednesday morning, only one week after the scheme opened to applications. 

The response from applicants has been overwhelming, and those approved can obtain a visa for Hong Kong immediately, Secretary for Labour and Welfare Chris Sun Yuk-han said at a media conference at the airport Wednesday night.

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The application system has only been open for a week and will be enriched with more content, such as analysis of applicants, Sun added.

The Top Talent Pass Scheme was proposed by Hong Kong Chief Executive John Lee Ka-chiu in his maiden Policy Address in October 2022. It seeks to attract high-income talents and graduates from the world’s top universities to explore opportunities in Hong Kong. It started accepting applications from around the world on Dec 28.