On 22nd July 2020, UK Home Secretary announced that there will be a new Hong Kong BN(O) Visa which will give British National (Overseas) citizens the ability to come to the UK to make a new life. This announcement can be found on a link below at the bottom of the page.
The UK will open a ‘Hong Kong BN(O) Visa’ for BN(O) citizens and their close family members from January 2021.
You’ll be able to apply for this route from outside or inside the UK.
You’ll be able to apply to enter or remain in the UK for an initial period of 30 months, extendable by a further 30 months, or a single period of 5 years. You’ll be able to work and study but you won’t be able to access public funds such as social welfare benefits.
You’ll be able to apply to settle in the UK (also called ‘indefinite leave to remain’) once you’ve lived here for 5 years. After 12 months with this status you can apply for British citizenship.
To be eligible for this visa route you’ll need to show that you:
- have BN(O) status – you don’t need valid BN(O) passport to show this and you don’t need to request a new passport if it’s expired or has been lost
- normally live in Hong Kong
- can accommodate and support yourself financially in the UK for at least 6 months
- show a commitment to learn English, where appropriate
- get a tuberculosis (TB) test certificate from a clinic approved by the Home Office
- pay a fee and the immigration health surcharge
Questions from Clients:
- Do I have to wait until January 2021 until I come to the UK?
No. You can come to the UK now and at the border show them your identity and you will be issued a 6 months visa that will allow you to live, work and study in the UK.
Read the Hong Kong BN(O) settlement visa policy statement for more information on these arrangements.
Announcement from UK Home Secretary on 22nd July 2020: