The new immigration route for British National (Overseas) citizens from Hong Kong will be open for applications on 31 January 2021
Oct 23, The Hong Kong BN(O) Visa will be open for applications from 31 January 2021.
British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) citizens will be able to move to the UK, to study and work. They will have the right to work in almost any role, consistent with UK employment laws and subject to having the appropriate skills and qualifications. All those with BN(O) status are eligible, as are their family dependents, provided they are usually resident in Hong Kong. There will be no quota on numbers. This route will also provide a clear pathway to be granted British citizenship.
The UK government is changing the entitlements attached to BN(O) status in response to the breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration by the Chinese government in restricting the rights and freedoms of Hong Kong people and eroding the high degree of autonomy of the SAR.
The British Consul-General to Hong Kong, Andrew Heyn, said:
We have released more details about the new Hong Kong British National (Overseas) Visa, providing a route to UK citizenship. The imposition of the National Security Law on Hong Kong marked a clear erosion of the rights and freedoms for the people of this city. This new route to the UK is part of our commitment to the people of Hong Kong. The UK is ready to welcome BN(O) citizens and their dependants to the UK.