Factsheet: The BNO
12 March 2021
On 31 January 2021, the UK opened a new, bespoke immigration route for British Nationals (Overseas) and their dependants
who are ordinarily resident in Hong Kong.
The BNO visa grants successful applicants the right to live, work and study in the UK for up to five years. After five years, visa holders will be able to apply for settlement in the UK, and then apply for British citizenship following a further period of 12 months’ settlement.
This guide provides an overview of the BNO visa route and the application process, and addresses some frequently asked questions.