Updated: Mar 12
THE BNO VISA - Overview and Eligibility As you may have heard, the UK government has announced the eligibility of over 3m Hong Kong residents to emigrate to the UK. This has sparked a great interest within the HK community to emigrate to the UK when the BNO Visa application begins on the 31st of Jan, 2021.
This article is going to give you an overview of the BNO visa, and more importantly, WHO is eligible.
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What is the BNO Visa The UK will open a ‘Hong Kong BN(O) visa’ for BN(O) citizens and their close family members from 31 January 2021. You’ll be able to apply to enter or remain in the UK for a period of 30 months (which you can extend by a further 30 months) or a period of 5 years. You’ll be able to apply from outside or inside the UK. You’ll be able to apply for settlement after 5 years if you meet the requirements, and British citizenship 12 months after settlement.
Eligibility You can apply for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa if you are a BN(O) citizen. You don’t need a valid a BN(O) passport to show this and you don’t need to request a new passport if it’s expired or has been lost. However, if you have an expired BN(O) passport you can submit it with your application. You’ll need a valid travel document and you can use a valid Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport to travel if you have one. Family members Your family members who normally live with you may also be able to apply, including your:
spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner
child (under the age of 18)
adult child born on or after 1 July 1997 (and their spouse, or child under the age of 18)
other family members (parent, grandparent, brother, sister, son or daughter) in exceptional circumstances where there is a high level of dependency
You and your family members must all apply together at the same time. If your family members do not apply with you, they will not be able to apply for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa to join you later.
Children under 18 should apply with both of their parents, although there are some exceptions.
If you’re applying from outside the UK, you and your family members must normally live in Hong Kong.
If you’re already in the UK, you must normally live in Hong Kong, the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, or the Isle of Man.
Money you’ll need
You must show that you can accommodate and provide financial support for yourself and your family members for at least 6 months in the UK.
You’ll need to provide evidence such as:
offers of support or accommodation from friends or family
More detailed information on what documents you need will be published before the visa route opens.
You won’t need to meet this requirement if you’ve been living in the UK for more than a year when you apply.
How to apply
You’ll be able to apply for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa from 31 January 2021.
You’ll need to pay the following fee and each of your family members will need to pay the fee too:
£180 to apply to stay for 30 months
£250 to apply to stay for 5 years
Immigration Health Surcharge
You’ll need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS).
For each adult this will be:
£1,560 if you’re applying to stay for 30 months
£3,120 if you’re applying to stay for 5 years
More detailed information will be published before the visa route opens.
Before You Click Away
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