Following the announcement of national security legislation in Hong Kong, a new UK immigration road has become available for Hong Kong nationals.
The British National (Overseas) Citizens (BNO) is an immigration path available for all British national livening overseas and their dependents. The “Hong Kong BN(O) Visa” will be available from January 2021.
This permit allows eligible applicants to enter or remain in the UK for a period of 30 months, up to 5 years. Applications can be submitted either from outside or inside the UK. After 5 years of lawful residence in the UK, you will be able to apply for settlement and, after further 12 months, become a UK citizen.
Who can apply for the Hong Kong BNO Visa?
All British National Overseas citizens can apply for this permit. To be eligible you don’t need a valid BN(O) passport, although you can submit it along with your application bundle if you own one.
You will need a valid travel document. Hong Kong citizens can use the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport to enter the UK.
Travelling with your family members
Your family members who live with you can apply for this permit. You can include in your application the following categories:
- Spouse, civil partner, or unmarried partner
- Your children under the age of 18
- Adult children born on or after 1st July 1997 (and their spouse and children under the age of 18)
- Other family members (grandparents, parents, siblings) in exceptional circumstances
You and your family members need to apply together at the same time. Otherwise, they will not be able to apply for this visa to join you in the UK later.
BNO Visa financial requirements
To be eligible for a BN(O) visa you must demonstrate that you can accommodate and support yourself and your family financially for at least 6 months once in the UK.
As evidence of your circumstances, you must provide the following:
- Bank statements
- Written statements from friends or family offering financial support or accommodation
Do you need any help with your application?
Our team of immigration lawyers in London has already helped several clients enter the UK to start a new life in this country.
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British Citizens Overseas can apply for a BNO Visa to enter the UK.