Information for Visas from Hong Kong

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This page covers the main aspects of the HK BNO visa route.

The pathway from HK BN(O) visa to Indefinite Leave to Remain and Citizenship

For a comprehensive overview of all things to consider when applying on this HK BNO visa route prior to arriving in the UK, immediately upon arrival and leading up to ILR and Citizenship please see our flow chart created in collaboration with Hongkongers in Britain. This flow chart is also available in a shorter infographic. You may also find their Life in the UK Guide useful. 

Immigration Case Support

Please note, immigration advice is a legally protected area and you should seek help from people qualified to provide this advice before changing your visa condition. 

Any Hongkonger living in the South East can access free immigration case support from Citizens Advice North and West Kent (CANWK) paid for by SESPM as part of our role as the South East Welcome Hub. CANWK are OISC level 3 qualified which means they are able to provide the highest level of legal advice. To access this support please contact

CANWK also provide monthly online immigration and other legal advice support webinars paid for by DLUHC. Click here to see when the next session is taking place. 

The information they share in these sessions are written up into Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) stored on their website. To date they have created FAQs on:

Immigration advice

Life in the UK Test

For information on No Recourse to Public Funds (NRPF) and how to lift the condition please visit our Finance and NRPF page

Other resources

Visit UKHK for a useful video in Cantonese on practical information regarding the HK BNO visa.

Visit HK Brits for a variety of resources and advice relating to the HK BNO visa in English and Traditional Chinese.

Visit Migration Yorkshire to see an example of a printed copy of a HK BNO Biometric Residency Permit (BRP).

Download our bilingual How to Register to Vote and How to Vote factsheets.


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