HONG KONG BN(O) STATUS HOLDER VISA

The Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa is a special visa for people from Hong Kong who are British Nationals (Overseas) to live, work, and study in the UK.

If you have a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa, you can bring your family members like your partner, children, or grandchildren under 18 to live with you in the UK. In some cases, you can also bring other family members who depend on you a lot. They can be from any country. Before applying for a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa, it is important to ensure that you meet all the necessary requirements outlined by the UK government. These requirements include being at least 18 years old, being a British National (Overseas) under the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986, and being able to support yourself in the UK for a minimum of six months. Additionally, it is crucial to have a valid TB certificate if required and to ensure that your application complies with all the rules set forth by the immigration authorities. If you have any doubts or questions about the application process, seeking guidance from an immigration lawyer can provide valuable assistance.

To get a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa, you need to show that:

  • You are at least 18 years old
  • You are a British National (Overseas) under the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986
  • You live in Hong Kong or the UK
  • You can support yourself in the UK for at least six months
  • Your application meets all the rules
  • You have a valid TB certificate if needed

To qualify for a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa, you must be a British National (Overseas) under the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Ordinance Order 1986.

If you were a British Dependent Territories citizen connected to Hong Kong, you had to apply to be a British National (Overseas) before 1997. People born after June 30, 1997, can’t be British Nationals (Overseas). Also, BN(O)s can’t pass this nationality to their kids.

If you lost your BN(O) status, it might be hard to get it back. You can use an expired BN(O) passport to apply for a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa. If you don’t have a BN(O) passport, you can use a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport instead. It is important to note that the Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa has an Ordinary Residency Requirement. This means that in order to be eligible for the visa, you must meet certain residency criteria. Whether you apply from inside or outside the UK, you must be living in Hong Kong to qualify for the visa. Additionally, if you choose to apply from inside the UK, you must also be residing in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, or the Isle of Man to meet the residency requirement.

You can apply for a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa from inside or outside the UK. If you apply from outside the UK, you should live in Hong Kong. If you apply from inside the UK, you should live in Hong Kong, the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, or the Isle of Man.

The Home Office will look at where you usually live to decide if you qualify for the visa. We can help you figure out what proof you need to show this. When applying for the Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa, it is important to note that the Home Office will consider where you usually live to determine your eligibility. If you have been residing in the UK for a year already, you may not need to demonstrate financial support for six months. However, if you are required to show proof of financial stability, there are various methods to meet this requirement, such as demonstrating sufficient funds or obtaining assurances of support from a third party.

To get a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa, you need to show that you can support yourself in the UK without using public funds for at least six months. If you’ve been living in the UK for a year already, you might not need to show this.

You can meet the financial requirement in different ways, like showing you have enough money or getting promises of support from someone else. We can help you understand what you need to show. When applying for a visa, it’s important to ensure that all requirements are met, including any necessary medical tests. If you have any questions or concerns about the TB test requirement for the Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa, our team can provide guidance and assistance. We are here to help make the visa application process as smooth and stress-free as possible for you.

If you’re in the UK and want to switch to a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa, you might need to take a TB test. Your test certificate should be from an approved center and be less than six months old. It is important to note that the TB test requirement is a crucial step in the visa application process, as it ensures the safety and well-being of both the visa holder and the community.

 

If you already took a TB test for a successful visa application in the last year, you might not need to take another one.

If you get a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa, you can stay in the UK for either 30 months or 5 years, depending on what you applied for.

If you have a BN(O) Status Holder Visa, you can work in the UK and your kids can go to school. Make sure you follow all the UK laws about working and studying. Dependent children are able to attend school (if under 18) or education and training (if aged 16 to 19).

 Additionally, as a BN(O) Status Holder Visa holder, you may also be eligible to apply for settlement in the UK after a certain period of time.

If you’re a BN(O) citizen looking to move to the UK, you’ll be happy to know that the application fees for the Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa are quite reasonable. A 30-month visa costs £180 per person, while a five-year visa costs £250 per person. These fees are much lower compared to other visa routes to the UK.

In addition to the visa fees, BN(O) citizens also need to pay the immigration health surcharge to access the National Health Service in the UK. They also need to show that they can financially support themselves and their dependents for at least six months in the UK.

If you want to settle in the UK under the Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa route, you must demonstrate five continuous years of residence in the UK. If you’ve spent time in the UK under a different type of visa that allows for settlement, that time can be combined with your time in the Hong Kong BN(O) category.

It’s okay to be absent from the UK for up to 180 days in any 12-month period. To settle in the UK after five years, applicants under 65 need to meet the Knowledge of Language and Life in the UK requirements.

After being settled in the UK for a year, BN(O) citizens can apply to register as British under section 4 of the British Nationality Act 1981. Adult dependents can also naturalize as British citizens. However, there are stricter residency requirements, such as no more than 450 days outside the UK in the five years before applying, and no more than 90 days outside the UK in the 12 months before the application.

As a Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa holder, you can bring your Dependent Partner, Dependent Children and Grandchildren under 18, and in exceptional cases, other Adult Dependent Relatives to the UK. Family members can be of any nationality. It is important to note that bringing dependents to the UK may require meeting certain financial requirements and providing evidence of suitable accommodation. Additionally, it is crucial to ensure that all family members have the necessary visas and permissions to reside in the UK. Our team of immigration experts can assist you in understanding and fulfilling these requirements to ensure a smooth transition for you and your loved ones.

The immigration process can be complex, and it’s important to have the right support. Our team of immigration barristers and lawyers specialize in helping BN(O) citizens and their families navigate the UK immigration system. We can provide guidance on the required documents and ensure that your application is presented correctly.

We are dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to investors in a professional and friendly manner. If you need assistance with your Hong Kong BN(O) Status Holder Visa application, don’t hesitate to reach out to us.

How Our Immigration Barristers Can Help Hong Kong BN(O) Household Member Visa Applicants

Immigration rules can be strict, so it’s helpful to get advice from an immigration lawyer to make sure your application is correct. Our team specializes in helping Hong Kong BN(O) citizens and their families navigate the immigration process.

 

We are dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to Hong Kong BN(O) Household Members in a professional and friendly manner.

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