The Government of the United Kingdom has revealed more details regarding the new Hong Kong BN(O) visa.
Through the BN(O) visa, British Nationals overseas, which ordinarily are residents in Hong Kong and their immediate family members, will be eligible to move to the United Kingdom to live, work or study. The visa “gives them a path to full British citizenship,” VisaGuide.World reports.
Overseas British nationals can apply for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa for two periods of 30 months leave or five years leave.
The new visa will permit persons born after July 1, 1997 to a British National (Overseas) registered parent to apply to go to the United Kingdom.
“The UK has a strong historical relationship with the people of Hong Kong, and we are keeping our promise to them to uphold their freedoms. BN(O) citizens will now have a choice to come and live, work and study in the UK, building a new life for them and their family”, Home Secretary Priti Patel pointed out.
Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab said that this announcement shows the UK is keeping its word.
“BN(O) citizens coming to the UK will have access to the job market at any skill level and without salary threshold but will not have access to public funds under this route. This will enable those who want to live in the UK to do so and become valued members of our society,” Raab added.
BN(O) citizens are not required to have a valid Hong Kong BN (O) passport in order to accept this offer. They will be required to show a valid passport, but this can be any nationality passport. If they do not obtain a BN (O) passport, the Home Office can check their status without one.
BN(O) citizens will be eligible to apply for the new visa inside and outside the UK, from January 2021.
Persons who wish to travel to the UK before the process officially opens can do so, subject to standard immigration checks.