UK: Government announces new immigration rules for Hong Kong British Nationals

UK: Government announces new immigration rules for Hong Kong British Nationals

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Following the recent announcement by the Chinese Government that it will impose a national security law on Hong Kong, the UK Government has confirmed that new immigration rules will be implemented for British Nationals (Overseas) or BN(O)s.

What has changed?

BN(O) or British National (Overseas) is a form of British nationality that was created during the transition of Hong Kong from the UK to China in 1997. This status was awarded to those born in Hong Kong prior to July 1, 1997.

Under the current rules, BN(O)s are subject to the standard immigration rules in order to live and work in the UK. The new streamlined immigration route will allow BN(O)s to come to the UK for a 5-year period with the ability to live, work and study in the UK, with the option to settle in the UK once they have lived in the UK for 5 years. Following a further 12 months in the UK under settled status, they may then apply for full British citizenship if they wish.

The above streamlined route should be implemented in the coming months with an exact date and further details to be announced in due course.

For further infomation on the new immigration rules to be implemented for BN(O)s, please contact the Sterling Lexicon immigration team at immigration@sterlinglexicon.com.  

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