London Immigration Lawyers
0204 502 8582 (local rate)

Mon - Sun, 8.30 am - 6pm

Find an office

10 offices in the UK

Menu

We are the UK's leading immigration specialists
OISC Accredited UK immigration lawyers
We've had over 5000 applications approved
Get the correct advice from qualified immigration experts
4.7 rating 414 reviews

Hong Kong British National (BN(O)) Visa

Following the announcement of national security legislation in Hong Kong, a new UK immigration road has become available for Hong Kong nationals.

Call us on 020 4502 8582 for immediate help & assistance with your situation. We’re here to help you in person, via the phone or online.

    Request a call back from our immigration experts

    British National Overseas visa route

    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 for year visa 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.

    Page Contents

    • British National Overseas visa route
    • Who can apply for the Hong Kong BNO Visa?
    • Travelling with dependants
    • BNO Visa financial requirements
    • What can I and can’t I do on a BN(O) Visa?
    • How much does a BNO Visa cost?
    • How London Immigration Lawyers Can Help

    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. Anyone above the age of 18 who is a citizen of Hong Kong with a British National Overseas Pass may apply for this visa route.

    A legitimate travel document is required. Passports issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are accepted for entry into the United Kingdom.

    Before Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997, residents of Hong Kong could apply for British National Overseas (BNO) citizenship, a sort of British nationality, which allowed them to maintain ties to the UK. Prior to the introduction of the new BNO Visa, Hong Kong BNO nationals could only visit the UK for up to six months at a time, and the status could not be handed down to family members.

    You should be aware that in order to apply, your permanent residence must either be in Hong Kong if you are applying from outside the UK or the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, or Hong Kong if you are applying from inside the UK.

    The application process began in earnest in January 2021. A current BN(O) passport is not required to apply. However, you can submit it along with your collection of supporting documents if you already have one (including outdated documents).

    A legitimate travel document is required for all candidates. Passports from the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region are accepted for entry into the United Kingdom.

    Travelling with dependants

    You may apply for this permit on behalf of any additional family members who reside with you. You may incorporate the following categories in your application:

    • Civil partner, spouse, or unmarried partner
    • Your kids that are younger than 18
    • Adult children (and their spouse and minor children) born on or after July 1, 1997
    • In unusual instances, other family members (grandparents, parents, siblings)

    You must submit your application at the same time as your family members. If not, they won’t be able to travel to the UK or seek for this visa to subsequently join you there.

    BNO Visa financial requirements

    To be eligible for a BN(O) visa you must demonstrate that you can accommodate and support yourself and your dependant family members 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

    You will need to demonstrate that you have access to the equivalent amount of money that someone in the UK receiving income support would typically receive in addition to having the financial means to demonstrate that you can afford housing costs. Whether and how many family members will be applying with you will determine how much you will need.

    You will need roughly:

    • £2,000 for an adult single.
    • £3,100 for a family with a kid.
    • £4,600 for a couple with three kids.
    • £9,200 for a married couple with two parents and two grown children.

    What can I and can't I do on a BN(O) Visa?

    While in the UK on a BN(O) Visa, there are some restrictions on your ability to live, work, and attend school. You cannot work as a professional athlete or coach in the UK, and you typically cannot get any public assistance while you are there.

    But in some cases, those with BN(O) visas could be able to qualify for benefits. For example, if you:

    • Lack a place to reside and are unable to afford one
    • Have a place to live but cannot pay basic expenses like heating or food.
    • Possibly in danger of losing your home or unable to pay for basic expenses
    • Have a very low income and your dependant would suffer if you didn’t have access to benefits

    How much does a BNO Visa cost?

    If you’re applying for two years and six months, the BNO Visa application form costs £180; if you’re applying for five years, it costs £250. You may also need to make a biometric information appointment, which costs £19.20, in addition to the application price.

    In order to utilise the NHS, you will also be required to pay a healthcare premium.

    It costs the following per adult (18 or older):

    • If you intend to stay for two years and six months, the cost is £1,560.
    • If you’re staying for five years, you’ll pay £3,120.

    It costs: For each minor (under 18):

    • If you want to stay for two years and six months, the cost is £1,175.
    • If you’re staying for five years, you’ll pay £2,350.

    How London Immigration Can Help

    Our team of immigration lawyers in London has already helped several clients enter the UK to start a new life in this country.

    If you wish to receive professional help with your application, one of our OISC accredited immigration experts in London will be happy to help.

    Call us today on  020 4502 8582 or enquiry through our live chat to find out more about our excellent immigration services.

    X