Alan Platt Director of Immigration
UK Immigration route for British National Overseas Citizens (BNO) Resident in Hong Kong
From January 2021 the United Kingdom Government has announced the opening of an immigration route leading to settlement and full British Citizenship for holders of British passports endorsed “British National Overseas” and resident in Hong Kong.
This immigration route will be open to those both outside and inside the United Kingdom and will enable applicants to apply to enter or remain in the United Kingdom for an initial period of 30 months which is extendable by a further 30 month period, upon which permanent residency and British Citizenship can be applied for. This route offer the possibility to work, run your own business, invest and study, but you cannot access public funds such as social welfare benefits.
It’s a very flexible and attractive opportunity to start a new life in the United Kingdom where we have some of the best academic institutions, fantastic career, investment and business opportunities and a sound and secure economy.
To be eligible for this visa route you’ll need to show that you:
- You have BN(O) status – you don’t need a 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
- You normally live in Hong Kong
- You can accommodate and support yourself financially in the UK for at least 6 months
- Demonstrate a commitment to learn English, where appropriate
- get a tuberculosis (TB) test certificate from a clinic approved by the Home Office
If you intend entering the UK before the Hong Kong BN(O) Visa is available in January 2021
If you’re not eligible to enter the UK under an existing immigration route, Border Force Officers may be able to consider granting ‘Leave Outside the Rules’ at the UK border for a period of 6 months to you and your accompanying dependents.
To be considered, you’ll need to show:
- your identity
- your BN(O) citizen status
- that you normally live in Hong Kong
- that you can accommodate support yourself financially in the UK
You’ll also need to show evidence of any non-BN(O) dependents’ family links to you and you should travel together to the UK as a family unit. A dependent is any of the following:
- spouse or civil partner
- unmarried partner
- child (under the age of 18 when they first applied)
- other family members where they can show there is a high level of dependency
The Immigration Team at Ince is happy to advise you further and to represent you with visa applications under this new category, or indeed any other immigration or British Citizenship matter or enquiry. Our Family Office Service Team can also advise you on relocation issues, like buying or renting a home in the UK, choosing a location to base yourself, tax issues, investment, business and pension advice.