In June 2020 the Secretary of State for the Home Department opened a new immigration route for Hong Kong’s British National (Overseas) citizens - or BN(O) citizens and their families to enter the UK following the politically divisive national security law. Through this immigration route, qualified individuals will be able to apply for permanent residency and British citizenship after five years. The BN(O) Visa route will be open for applications from January 2021.
How to qualify for the BN(O) Visa for Hong Kong nationals
To be eligible for the BN(O) visa, you will need to satisfy the following requirements:
Can I work and study in the UK with a BN(O) Visa?
Yes, BN(O) Visa holders can work and study in the UK. The Secretary of State is not imposing skills tests on applicants, nor do they need to prove they have a job before coming to the UK- they can look for work once arrived.
The BN(O) Visa paves the way for British Citizenship
After living in the UK for five years with the BN(O) Visa, during which time you stayed away from crime, supported yourself financially, and otherwise complied with the terms of your visa, you will be able to apply for settled status. After a further year, you may apply for British citizenship.
Making a BN(O) Visa application with OneLaw Chambers
At OneLaw Chambers, our immigration solicitors and barristers regularly assist with Immigration and Visa applications in order for applicants to relocate to and settle in the UK. We have assisted many foreign nationals to prepare and submit successful Immigration and Visa applications and we have represented clients from all over the world. We are well equipped to prepare and submit your BN(O) Visa application when the route to apply opens by the UK Home Office in January 2021.
Whether you require expert immigration advice on the requirements of the Immigration Rules, an independent immigration assessment of your prospects of qualifying for a BN(O) Visa or professional immigration representation with preparing your BN(O) Visa immigration application, our immigration solicitors and barristers can help you.
We are committed to ensuring that our immigration solicitors and barristers prepare every immigration visa application with utmost quality and skill so that successful outcome is achieved every time. Our immigration solicitors and barristers operate in a friendly and cooperative manner to provide our clients with the best client care and service during the entire immigration application process.