The Hong Kong British National (Overseas) Visa

Outline

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The Hong Kong BN(O) visa will provide eligible applicants with the ability to enter or remain in the UK for up to 5 years.

Applicants and their family members will be able to live, work and study in the UK but will not have access to public funds. After these 5 years, successful applicants will have the choice to apply for indefinite leave to remain and, after a further 12 months, you will be able to apply for citizenship.

Who can apply?

Anyone who is a BN(O) status holder and normally resides in Hong Kong can apply for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa. Applicants do not need a valid BN(O) passport to demonstrate eligibility and you don’t need to request a new passport if it has expired or been lost.

You will need a valid travel document and you can use a valid Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) passport or EEA passport to travel if you have one.

Family members who normally live with a BN(O) status holder may also be able to apply. This includes:

  • a spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner
  • children (under the age of 18)
  • adult children born on or after 1 July 1997 (and their spouse, or child under the age of 18)
  • other family members (parents, grandparents, brother, sister, son or daughter) in exceptional circumstances where there is a high level of dependency

Residency requirements: must demonstrate that you live in Hong Kong

Financial requirements: need to show that you can support yourself and dependents for at least 6 months when in the UK through, for example, money in your bank account, income.

How to apply

There are 2 application options available:

  1. If you have a BN(O), HKSAR, or EEA biometric passport, you can apply using an app in a fully digital way from 23 February 2021.
  2. From 31 January 2021, all BN(O) status holders and their dependants can apply on GOV.UK.

Costs

The Hong Kong BN(O) visa will cost £180 per person for 30 months or £250 per person for the 5-year visa.

You will also need to apply the Immigration Health Surcharge (HIS) in full.

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

For each child under the age of 18, this will be:

  • £1,175 if you’re applying to stay for 30 months
  • £2,350 if you’re applying to stay for 5 years

What You Can And Cannot Do With This Visa

You can:

  • work (except as a professional sportsperson)
  • study (including applying for higher education courses)
  • use the NHS

You cannot:

  • claim public funds (social welfare benefits)

 

Your children will be able to:

  • attend school if they are under 18 (all state schools are free)
  • attend education and training if they are aged 16 to 19

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