UK Government: Will open for British National (Overseas) passports for 5+1 years, eligible to apply for British Citizenship

UK Government: Will open for British National (Overseas) passports for 5+1 years, eligible to apply for British Citizenship

BBC reported that Boris Johnson UK Prime Minister announced on the 1st July, that it will expand its immigration rights for Hong Kong people who hold a British National (Overseas) passport (BNO). Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary said that Hong Kong residents hold BN(O) can stay in the UK for five years.

UK makes citizenship offer to Hong Kong residents

Up to three million Hong Kong residents are to be offered the chance to settle in the UK and ultimately apply for citizenship, Boris Johnson has said. The PM said Hong Kong's freedoms were being violated by a new security law and those affected would be offered a "route" out of the former UK colony.

Johnson said: “We made it very clear that if China continues this route, we will give these BN(O) holders a new way to live and work in the UK and apply for citizenship.”

However, Dominic Raab admitted that if China tries to prevent Hong Kong people from going to the UK, it will be difficult for the Britain to really force China.

The Guardian reported that after the controversial new national security law was passed, the UK government believed that the bill violated the Sino-British Joint Declaration. Johnson said he would abide by his promise and provide 3 million Hong Kong people with the opportunity, to settle in the UK and apply for citizenship. However, Raab admitted on the evening of the 1st, that if Beijing wanted to prevent people holding British National (Overseas) passports (BNO) from leaving Hong Kong, the British could do very little.

China may block Hongkongers from moving to UK, admits Dominic Raab

Britain could do little to "coercively force" China if it tries to block Hongkongers from coming to the UK to take up a government visa pledge, the foreign secretary, Dominic Raab, has admitted.

Raab said he still has to pay attention to the reality and don’t want to be too naive. Britain has other ways to persuade China not to fully implement the national security laws, or other retaliatory actions. “But in the end we have to be honest, we cannot force China to allow BN(O) holders to go United Kingdom.

UK to extend residence rights for British Nationals (Overseas) citizens in Hong Kong

unprecedented extension of visa rights follows increasing restrictions on the rights and freedoms of the people of Hong Kong by the Chinese Government in breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration new immigration rules will allow BN(O) citizens the right to live and work in the UK for longer and give

As of February’s statistics (2020), there are about 350,000 BN(O) holders and about 2.9 million people in Hong Kong are eligible. When asked how many people would come to the UK from Hong Kong in estimate, Raab’s response was difficult to estimate accurately, but he thought only a part of the population would apply. He added that he is discussing with other countries to help Hong Kong people.

UK government said that, before the details of the plan are finalized in the next few weeks, those with BN(O) status will be eligible to travel to the UK and will not need salary thresholds. The “Hong Kong version of the National Security Law” came into effect on the evening of June 30, and the Hong Kong Police conducted its first arrest on the 1st of this month.

Hong Kong police issue first arrest under China's controversial security law

Police in Hong Kong on Wednesday said they issued their first arrest under the newly passed security law that critics say undermines the semi-autonomous territory's judicial independence and gives China unprecedented power over the city. The man was arrested for carrying a flag that called for Hong Kong's independence, the Associated Press reported.

Liu Xiaoming, Ambassador of China in United Kingdom, was summoned by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the 1st. Simon McDonald, Vice-Secretary at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Head of the Diplomatic Service, told the other party that the implementation of the law had violated the Sino-British Joint Declaration. However, Liu then tweeted that after a tumultuous few months, the National Security Law will bring order and stability to Hong Kong and bring the economy back on track.

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  1. Nichole

    Hi,

    I’m not very big on politics, but there’s so much craziness in the world, I’m not sure if it is or isn’t the best thing. If this giving people a chance for a much better life, then it’s A good idea. Being able to live freely and take every opportunity that’s giving.

    I would love to live in the UK, experience new things, people, culture and I’ll be living there for this 5 years to build a life for myself.

    1. Anna

      Hello Nicole, thank you for your comment. For Hong Kong people, they just want to live in somewhere have freedom, democracy, and autonomy. They don’t want their freedom or else would be stripped away. You are right, there have a lot of crazy things happening in the world, and people are suffering almost everyday. You are always welcome and across by anytime, to leave us comments. Good day, Anna.

  2. Maria

    I think that the UK is absolutely fabulous for offering up this option to BN(O) holders in Hong Kong. The conflict over there is absolutely awful right now, as it will remain until Hong Kong is allowed to become completely autonomous. As this isn’t China’s nature, the citizens of that territory will suffer so unnecessarily for so long. It’s unfortunate that the UK can’t ensure safe passage out of China to the UK, but I also understand that directly meddling in the affairs of China as such may result in the outbreak of physical conflict between the two governments. I thank the UK for doing what they can to help those people.

    1. Anna

      Hello Maria, thank you for your comment. As UK government announced, that it’s their responsibilities to do things for BN(O) holders in Hong Kong. We are also glad to see that UK responded in such strong attitude and action.We will see what UK can do with other countries to save Hongkongers whom without BN(O) passport, because they helped to defend Hong Kong as a real home for them, to save and protect the freedom and democracy, and they deserve better. You are always welcome and across by to leave us comment anytime. Have a good day, Anna