The Hong Kong BNO visa is a UK immigration route for Hong Kong British National (Overseas) citizens to reside in the UK with their immediate dependants, including those without BNO status. The Hong Kong BNO visa route will be opened for applications from January 2021 onwards.
There will be no cap on the number of Hong Kong BNO visa applicants. Those already within the UK will be able to switch into the Hong Kong BNO visa route from January 2021. If applicant will arrive before January 2021, leave can be granted to BNOs and their dependants at the border, outside of the Rules, for 6 months.
Main Requirements for a Hong Kong BNO Visa
Proving BNO Status
The Applicant for a Hong Kong BNO visa must hold BNO Status. In families where more than one parent holds BNO status, only children will need to apply as dependants.
There is no requirement to hold a BNO passport. However, the Home Office recommends that “valid or expired BN(O) passports should be kept and submitted with an application as evidence of BN(O) status”.
Entitlement for BNO status
British Dependent Territories Citizens with a connection to Hong Kong were entitled to register as British in the 10 years leading up to handover of Hong Kong. No person born after 30 June 1997 is a British National (Overseas), and the status cannot be passed by descent.
Dependent Family Members of BNOs
The Hong Kong BNO visa covers “immediate family dependents, comprising spouse or partner and children aged under 18” and dependents do not need to have BNO status.
Elder family members such as parents or grandparents of adult BNOs will need to be BNOs themselves to be eligible under the Hong Kong BNO visa route.
Residency Requirement of Hong Kong BNO Visa
BNOs and their dependents must be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong. If applicant is currently in the UK, they must otherwise be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.
General List of evidence to prove residence in Hong Kong:
List of financial evidence including the followings:
Other documents could be required:
When applying for a Hong Kong BNO visa, there are two options in terms of length of visa:
The conditions of the Hong Kong BNO Visa are outlined below:
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