Willis Fu, the marketing director and senior immigration consultant at Goldmax, told HKFP he received nearly 200 enquiries from nurses from various hospitals since the National Security Law in Hong Kong was enacted on June 30. A dozen have signed on as his clients. He only received a handful of enquiries the year before.
“Frankly speaking, many medics in Hong Kong are rather ‘yellow’,” Fu said, referring to their pro-democracy sentiments. “Those with children would worry about Hong Kong’s education getting red-washed… While others worrying about the city’s future, might not want to have children.”
“So if money could get them a better life, and the salary isn’t much lower in other countries, they would rather emigrate,” he said of his clients. At a starting position, a registered nurse in New York would receive a minimum of about US$30 an hour in pre-tax wages, Fu said, which translates to about HK$37,440 a month.
“If HK$500,000 could get you four green cards for the whole family, that’s a pretty good deal.”