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BNO Visa

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 31 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 31 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

  • Applicant must be a British National (Overseas), regardless of whether they hold a current valid passport;
  • Family members must be partner, spouses, or children under 18, with additional requirements for children over 18 and non-BN(O) adult dependant relatives;
  • Applicant and Dependants must be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong;
  • Applicant and Dependants must be able to demonstrate their ability to accommodate and support themselves in the UK for at least six months;
  • Applicant and Dependants must have no serious criminal convictions, no behaviour not conducive to the public good, and not be subject to other general grounds for refusal;
  • Applicant and Dependants must be committed to learning English in the UK;
  • Applicant and Dependants must each have a valid TB Certificate from an approved clinic, where necessary;

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:

  • a Hong Kong identity card
  • a letter from an employer or education provider confirming employment or study in Hong Kong
  • a Hong Kong medical card
  • a voter’s card
  • a visa or residence permit or other immigration documents
  • an educational record, for example a school report
  • a letter from the local council or a government department in Hong Kong
  • tax records
  • records of rent or mortgage payments.

List of financial evidence including the followings:

  • bank statements that show savings
  • evidence of regular income that will continue whilst in the UK, such as salary, investment or pension payments
  • investment details
  • receipt of educational grants from overseas
  • an offer of employment in UK
  • income of a partner, spouse or other family member to which you have access, for example parental funding or a spouse’s salary earned through lawful working in the UK
  • an offer of accommodation from family or friends.

Other documents could be required:

  • no serious criminal convictions
  • not otherwise engaged in behaviour which the UK Government deems not conducive to the public good, and not be subject to other general grounds for refusal set out in the Immigration Rules
  • To settle in the UK after 5 years, they will likely need to meet the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK requirements. If under 65, they will need to show they meet an English language requirement to the level of B1 of the CEFR, and pass the Life in the UK test.

When applying for a Hong Kong BNO visa, there are two options in terms of length of visa:

  • leave to remain in the UK for a period of five years; or
  • leave to remain in the UK for an initial period of 30 months’ leave (2.5 years), renewable by a second charged application for a further 30 months (2.5 years).

The conditions of the Hong Kong BNO Visa are outlined below:

  • Access to education including:
  • schooling for under 18 child dependants
  • education and training for young people aged 16-19
  • the ability to apply for higher education courses
  • Right to work in the UK in almost any capacity as an employed or self-employed person, consistent with UK employment laws and subject to having the appropriate skills and qualifications
  • Access to healthcare free at the point of use on the same terms as British residents, contingent on payment of the Immigration Health Surcharge
  • No recourse to public funds

How Mann’s Solutions work

Conversation with Our Immigration Consultant

Our aim with this session is to make your case optimally strong, show all your strong points as a professional and future business owner.

Receiving legal agreement from us

We will send you our Customer Care Letter (CCL) which states all legal information about how we work as an Immigration Law Firm.


You will receive our automated email with invoice attached. Payment of 50% of the invoice value needs to be done before we start your application process. Remaining 50% needs to be paid 3 days before submission of your case to Home Office.

Working on your case

We will send you a ’tailored’ list of documents which you need to provide for your application, Our adviser will consult you and fully assist on arranging all documents, prepare case strategy and fully comply with UK immigration law for your application form, then prepare professional and detailed Representation letter to support your case in Home Office.

Submitting application to Home Office

Our adviser will submit all necessary forms online and arrange an appointment date for YOU to attend UK Visa Centre in your city to bring all original documents.

Obtaining results from Home Office

The Home Office will send your documents and the result of your application to our office after 1-2 months of submitting your application via post, but in some cases this period can be longer.

Guiding you for Next Steps in the UK

Our Immigration adviser will guide you with next steps regarding immigration law and compliance of the Visa extension, ILR and British Passport.

Consulting Services

Our partners will guide you with next steps to be undertaken prior to starting business in the UK:

  • Open UK Personal and Business Bank Account
  • Set Up UK Company – Chartered Accountant
  • Property Acquisition
  • Financial Advice – Assets Management Firm
  • Education Support

Trustpilot Reviews

February 15, 2021
I would recommend Manns Solutions to everyone having difficulties understanding UK’s complex immigration system. I had many questions and concerns regarding my status in the country but they made it all easy and clear. I collected all the required documents and filled in my application form which turned out to be successful with their help
February 15, 2021
Mann’s Solutions Case officer had provided very detailed information and guidance at each step of the process. Their expertise and experience have always given me confidence and encouraged me to proceed further even when it was looking difficult and more on that the final stages of visa have just completed. I would like to say that they are the best for UK immigration with very high success rate. Special thanks to My Case officer Shazia & Evgeny
February 15, 2021
Mr. Evgeny was supportive in the process of obtaining visa at any time 24/7, the visa process in the UK and social and cultural matters have helped me. Absolutely successful, dynamic, lovely leader. Thank you for everything. Mann’s Solutions

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