Recently, with the UK launching a special visa for all Hong Kong citizens, there has been much speculation and differing opinions about it. Although, it is expected that around 300,000 applicants would be applying.
This special UK visa is known as a British National(Overseas) visa.
Let us understand what this visa entails.
Who is this British national(overseas) visa for?
Any person who was a British overseas occupant had the option to register as a British citizen (overseas) before 1 July 1997.
Additionally, British abroad residents in Hong Kong who couldn’t enroll themselves as British residents (overseas) and were with no identity or citizenship as on 30 June 1997 became British abroad residents on 1 July 1997.
Nonetheless, where an individual is certainly not a British citizen(overseas) will most likely be unable to enlist for British nationals(overseas).
You should likewise be over 18 years old and your long-lasting home should be either in Hong Kong in case you are applying from outside the UK or in the UK, The Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Hong Kong in case you are applying from inside the UK.
What can you do with a British national(overseas)?
As a British citizen(overseas), you would be able to gain a British passport and UK consular support and protection from UK diplomatic posts.
However, you do not immediately gain entry in the UK borders, you will still be under the immigration control and need a valid permission to gain entry.
Also, British nationals(overseas) are not recognised as British nationals by the European Union.
You need to make an online application with required documents and pay the UK immigration fees.
You also need to complete your biometric.
You may seek legal assistance from the immigration solicitors in London. A Y & J Solicitors have successfully represented their clients in achieving their visa goals.
Length of your stay in the UK with BNO visa
British nationals(overseas) visa allows you to apply for a visa for 2 years, 6 months and 5 years.
You have the option to extend your visa as many times as you want before it expires.
Once you have lived for 5 consecutive years in the UK on a British nationals(overseas) visa you may be eligible for settlement and eventually apply for British citizenship.
Work benefits in the UK with British nationals(overseas) visa
The BNO visa offers ample opportunities for British overseas territory nationals to come to the UK and begin working with the most reliable global economy.
You can start working with any organisation in the UK except that you cannot take a job as a sports person or a coach.
You can begin your studies with any UK recognised university,college or institution.
You will not be able to access UK public funds such as income-based jobseeker’s allowance,child tax credit, income support, working tax credit, universal credit, a social fund payment, housing benefit, child benefit, council tax benefit, council tax reduction, etc.
However, you will still be eligible for some financial assistance, if you are under any of the following circumstances;
- You have a very low income, and without access to benefits, it could harm our child’s wellbeing
- You don’t have a home to live and cannot afford too.
- You cannot meet with the daily expenses
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