The Hong Kong BN(O) visa provides 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. BN(O) status holders do not need a valid BN(O) passport to access the Hong Kong BN(O) visa
BN(O) status is a form of British nationality created for people from Hong Kong so they could retain a form of British nationality after the handover in 1997. Registration for BN(O) status was a time-limited offer for those that wished to maintain connections with the UK following handover.
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:
Children under 18 must intend to live with their parents during their stay in the UK, unless there is a good reason why they cannot.
The Hong Kong BN(O) visa is designed to enable a BN(O) status holder and their dependants to come to the UK as a family unit.
If you’re applying as a family unit you must apply together. The main applicant who is a BN(O) should apply first and get their unique reference number. Any family members applying will need to quote this unique reference number in their applications.
Family members applying with a BN(O) status holder who do not hold a BN(O), HKSAR or EEA biometric passport will need to make an appointment to attend a VAC or UKVCAS location to give their fingerprint biometrics.
If your family members do not apply with you, they will not be able to apply for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa to join you later. Children under 18 should apply with both of their parents, although there are some exceptions.
If you or your family members travel to the UK at different times, you may not all qualify to settle in the UK at the same time and may have to make further applications for permission to stay in the UK to meet the 5 years required.
There have been some BN(O) status holders who have wished to travel sooner. In these exceptional circumstances, UK Border Force officers have been able to consider granting leave outside the rules (LOTR) for a period of 6 months to BN(O) status holders and their accompanying dependants at the UK border.
If you are a BN(O), or a family member of a BN(O), and are already in the UK, you do not need to apply straightaway unless your existing leave is shortly expiring.
This also applies to applicants with leave in another category which is due to expire, for example skilled workers (Tier 2), students (Tier 4) or visitors: they can also switch to this route if they wish to remain in the UK.
Your children will be able to:
If you’re applying from outside the UK, you and your family members must normally live in Hong Kong. If you’re already in the UK, you must normally live in the UK, Jersey, Guernsey, the Isle of Man or Hong Kong.
As part of your application, BN(O) status holders will need to be able to show that they can support themselves and their dependents for at least 6 months when in the UK.
You can show this through:
You’ll need to provide evidence such as:
These documents must be in English, or in their original language with a certified English translation. You won’t need to meet this requirement if you’ve been living in the UK for more than a year when you apply further information, please see the guidance on the Immigration Health Surcharge.