A new UK immigration road will become available for Hong Kong nationals and British Citizens Overseas (BNO) from January 2021.
The British National (Overseas) Citizens (BNO) is a new immigration path available for all British national living overseas. Successful applicants can be able to submit their request from January 2021 and, if approved, to enter the United Kingdom with their family. Applications can be submitted either from outside or inside the UK.
This permit allows British Citizens Overseas, including Hong Kong nationals, to apply to enter or remain in the UK for a period of 30 month. The Hong Kong BNO Visa can be extended several times, for a maximum stay up to 5 years.
Who is eligible for the Hong Kong BNO Visa?
All British National Overseas citizens can apply for this permit. This includes Hong Kong nationals.
Applications will open in January 2021. To submit your request, you don’t need a valid BN(O) passport. However, if you already hold one (including expired documents) you can submit it along with your bundle of supporting documents.
All applicants will need a valid travel document. Hong Kong nationals can use the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport to enter the United Kingdom.
Applying and travelling with your family members
You can include in your BNO Vita application certain family members who already live with you. This includes the following categories:
- Spouse, civil partner, or unmarried partner
- Your children under the age of 18
- Adult children born on or after 1st July 1997 (and their spouse and children under the age of 18)
- Other family members (grandparents, parents, siblings) in exceptional circumstances
You and your family must apply together at the same time. If you fail to include them in your application, they will not be able to join you in the UK later.
BNO Visa financial requirements
To be eligible for a BN(O) visa you must demonstrate that you can accommodate and provide financial support to yourself and your family for at least 6 months once in the UK.
As evidence of your circumstances, you must provide the following supporting documents:
- Bank statements
- Written statements from friends or family offering financial support or accommodation
All documents that are not written in English must be accompanied by a certified translation.
Do you need any help with your application?
IAS is the leading immigration services provider in the UK. Our team of professional immigration lawyers is committed to helping all our clients by offering excellent and bespoke advice.
If you wish to receive professional assistance with your BNO application, one of our OISC-accredited immigration lawyers will be happy to help you through each step of your immigration journey.
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A new immigration route will be available for British Citizens Overseas and Hong Kong Nationals from January 2021.
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