The new Hong Kong visa known as BN(O) visa will soon be available from January 2021.
This is for Hong Kong nationals whether in the UK or abroad.
Home Secretary Priti Patel said:
“The UK has a strong historic relationship with the people of Hong Kong and we are keeping our promise to them to uphold their freedoms.
BN(O) citizens will now have a choice to come and live, work and study in the UK, building a new life for them and their family.
We look forward to welcoming BN(O) citizens to the UK.”
Who does this apply to?
The Hong Kong visa applies to citizens of Hong Kong who are British Nationals (Overseas). You can apply from within the UK or from abroad. It also applies to their immediate family members whether they are Hong Kong nationals themselves or not.
Also, if you are a child / adult born after the 1 July 1997 and your parent is a British national (Overseas) you can make an application to come to the UK.
What does it mean?
You can move to the UK to work or study or start up a business.
What you will receive?
The visa is for 30 months so 2 and half years and then a further 2 and half years. Alternatively, you can pay a higher fee and be granted a 5-year visa instead. Following this an application can be made for naturalisation to become British and obtain a British passport.
- A passport will be required to prove your identity though this passport need not be a Hong Kong passport
- Proof of your status as a British National Overseas, if you do not have this you may need to request proof from the Home Office
- Meet maintenance requirements
- Meet accommodation requirements
- Have a commitment to learn English
Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
“Today’s announcement shows the UK is keeping its word: we will not look the other way on Hong Kong, and we will not duck our historic responsibilities to its people.
BN(O) citizens coming to the UK will have access to the job market at any skill level and without salary threshold but will not have access to public funds under this route. This will enable those who want to live in the UK to do so and become valued members of our society.”
For more information or help with applying please contact Jes at firstname.lastname@example.org