The processing time of setting up a HK limited company depends on which type of company you select to form: by setting up a whole new company or purchasing a ready-made company (or named shelf company).

For case of whole new company, you can specify your preferred company name, but the registration process time is relatively longer (approx. 10 working days upon signed confirmation). For case of ready-made company, you have to select your company name from a given list which includes never-used shelf company names, but the processing time will be shorter (approx. 2 working days upon signed confirmation).

If you choose to form an unlimited company, it takes around 2 working days to finish as it is comparatively easier to register. However, as the liability of its members or shareholders is not limited, it is not common for entrepreneurs to set up an unlimited company in HK.