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Special Notes on Minimum Wage Ordinance

The Minimum Wage Ordinance (MWO) has come into force since 1 May 2011. The revised Statutory Minimum Wage (SMW) rate of $37.5 per hour came into effect on 1 May 2019.

EXEMPTION applies to the following student employees:

1. Student Interns

 A student intern is:

  • a student undergoing a period of work arranged or endorsed by an education institution in connection with an accredited programme1 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 programme2 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 programme leads.

If you would like to work as a ‘student intern’, you should check with your home department to see if your ‘student intern’ status is supported or not. If yes, you should receive a Confirmation of “student intern” status under the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608) from your Department.

(Note: The processing time varies from one department to another. You are advised to check with your home department and submit your application as soon as possible PRIOR TO the commencement of the internship.)

 

2. Work Experience Students during a Period of Exempt Student Employment (Note: The Confirmation of student status for ‘work experience student’ applies to a work experience student who agrees with his employer to treat a continuous period of up to 59 days during the contract of employment as a period of exempt student employment.)

A work experience student is a student who:

  • is enrolled in an accredited programme3 ; or
  • is resident in Hong Kong and enrolled in a non-local education programme4,

and who is engaged under a contract of employment at the beginning of which he is under the age of 26 years.

Note: There can only be one period of exempt student employment which commences in the same calendar year.

If you would like to work as a 'work experience student', you should confirm your status by:

    1. Providing a proof of your student status at HKUST, you can obtain such proof by either of the following means:

  • If you are a full-time HKUST student, you can use the print-out of your student information embedded in the HKUST student cards and with the printout of the list stating the Local Education Institutions specified in the Schedule 1 to the Minimum Wage Ordinance, as a confirmation.

          OR

  1. duly signed contract / offer letter
  2. HKUST Student Card
  3. HKID

(Note: The normal processing time is 2 working days.)

If you are a postgraduate student in SENG, please contact SENG PG office.

 

  1. Making a Statutory Declaration:

You can obtain free service available at the Home Affairs Enquiry Centres of the Home Affairs Department for making the statutory declaration. For details please refer to the website of Home Affairs Department.

You could refer to Specimen Content of statutory declaration made by a work experience student for a period of exempt student employment for reference. 

Please note that any person who makes a false statutory declaration commits a criminal offence and is liable to prosecution. 

 

For more details on MWO, please refer to the following websites or materials: 

 

1 See footnote 1 in the Confirmation of “student intern” status under the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608)

2 See footnote 2 in the Confirmation of “student intern” status under the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608)

3 See footnote 1 in the Confirmation of student status for “work experience student” under the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608)

4 See footnote 2 in the Confirmation of student status for “work experience student” under the Minimum Wage Ordinance (Cap. 608)

 

 

 

Special Notes for Non-local Students Working in Hong Kong

 

If you are a non-local student, please note that there are government policies and rules governing non-local students working in Hong Kong.  Failure in complying with these rules and regulations will result in deportation. Please familiarize yourself with such policies, relevant rules and procedures on websites of:

If you are an undergraduate non-local student in SENG who wishes to take up an internship, you are required to complete the following process:

1. Familiarize yourself with policies, relevant rules, procedures and FAQs on Non-local Students Working in Hong Kong section of HKUST Career Center’s website.

2. Follow the procedures on Employment During the Study Program section and provide Departmental Designated Officer (for UG) at your home department with all the following documents to facilitate your department’s endorsement of study-related internship.

     A. NLSE Form A

     B. Copy of duly signed contract / offer letter

     C. Copy of valid passport

     D. Copy of student visa (visa label)

     E. Copy of HKID

     F. Copy of HKUST Student ID

(Note: The processing time varies from one department to another. You are advised to check with your home department and submit your application as soon as possible PRIOR TO the commencement of the internship.)

3. Your home department will then pass the related documents to SENG for final endorsement. You will receive an email from SENG School Designated Officer (for UG) after the process is completed. You should bring along the original copy of all documents mentioned in (2) above to IEI office (Room 6533, Lift 27/28) at the scheduled timeslot for collection of 2 endorsement letters (1 attention to the Director of Immigration Department, 1 attention to you) issued.

(Note: The normal processing time is 5 working days.)

4. You should go to Immigration Department to apply for the "No Objection Letter" (NOL) for study-related Internship. Please note that you are NOT allowed to start your internship until you have been issued such NOL by Immigration Department. You may direct questions about the application procedures to the Immigration Department enquiry hotline at +852 2824 6111.

If you are a postgraduate non-local student in SENG, please contact SENG PG office.

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