Hong Kong BNO Visa

A Gateway to Opportunity

The UK Government introduced the Hong Kong BN(O) visa in 2021 in response to China’s enactment of a stringent security law in Hong Kong. This visa allows individuals with British national (overseas) status and residing in Hong Kong, the UK, the Channel Islands, or the Isle of Man to study and work in the UK, with the opportunity to settle after five years.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Applicants must be 18 years or older.
  • Possess British national (overseas) status.
  • Have ordinary residence in one of the eligible locations.

Updated Rules for Independent Applications

A rule change in 2022 allows individuals born on or after July 1, 1997, and aged 18 or over to independently apply for the BN(O) visa, enabling teenagers in Hong Kong to travel to the UK without parental accompaniment.

Documentation Requirements

  • Applicants do not need a valid BN(O) passport; their status can be verified by the Home Office.
  • Proof of identity such as a relevant nationality passport is necessary.

Financial Requirements

  • Applicants must demonstrate financial capability to support themselves and dependents for at least six months.
  • Required funds vary based on the number of family members applying, covering accommodation costs equivalent to at least the level of Income Support in the UK.

Dependent Family Members

  • Eligible dependents include spouses, civil partners, children, parents, grandparents, siblings, and adult children dependent on the primary applicant.
  • Typically, dependents must reside with the primary applicant.

Application Process

  • Choose between a five-year visa or a 30-month visa with renewal options.
  • Complete the application online and verify identity through the “UK Immigration: ID Check” app or attend a visa application centre for biometric information.

Switching Visas

Existing UK visa holders can switch to the BN(O) visa by making an online application and undergoing identity verification.

Family Application Considerations

  • Each family member must apply for the same duration of leave as the primary applicant.
  • Submit dependent applications on the same day to ensure concurrent processing.

Important Note

Dependents cannot apply after the primary applicant’s visa decision has been made; therefore, it is advisable to include all eligible family members in the initial application.

Conclusion

The Hong Kong BN(O) visa offers opportunities for education, employment, and settlement, providing a pathway for individuals from Hong Kong to establish their lives in the UK amidst the evolving political and social landscape.

If you have any further questions regarding your visa application, please contact us for professional legal assistance.

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