søndag 31. januar 2021

Hong Kong residents now eligible for special UK visa

A visa scheme to allow Hong Kong residents to come to the UK opens on Sunday, with some 300,000 people expected to apply. The visa, which is open to holders of a British National (Overseas) passport and their immediate dependents, will offer a fast track to UK citizenship. But the Chinese foreign ministry said it would no longer recognise the BNO passport as a travel document.

The UK launched the new visa after China imposed a new security law. Those who apply and secure the visa will be able to apply for settlement after five years and then British citizenship after a further 12 months. Beijing has previously warned the UK not to meddle in domestic issues. Prime Minister Boris Johnson said the move honoured the UK's "profound ties of history and friendship" with the ex-British colony. About 7,000 people from Hong Kong have already been allowed to settle in the UK since July, the Home Office said.