Effective January 31, 2021, a new visa route has become
available for British National Overseas (BNO) citizens from Hong
Kong. The Hong Kong BNO visa route will allow successful
applications the right to live, work, and study in the UK for up to
five years. After a continuous residence of five years, the visa
holder can apply for settlement in the UK, and after a further 12
months of settlement, may apply for British citizenship.
There are over 2.9 million people who hold BNO status. In order
to be eligible to apply, applicants and their dependents must
Be a resident in Hong Kong, the UK, or the Crown
Proof of financial support in the UK for at least six
Commit to learning English in the UK, if applicable;
Hold a current tuberculosis test from a Home Office approved
Have no serious criminal convictions or other grounds for
refusal under the UK Immigration Rules.
The application is submitted via an online process. Biometrics
will be required but can be accepted digitally. A valid BNO
passport is not required though should be submitted to show proof
of BNO status.
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