Hong Kong veterans’ settlement route

Home Office written statement – made on 29 March 2023.

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Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Minister for Immigration

I am pleased to announce that, from Autumn this year, eligible Hong Kong veterans of His Majesty’s Forces and their families will be able to apply for settlement in the UK.

Many Hong Kongers served in His Majesty’s Forces throughout the twentieth century, supporting the administration of Hong Kong along with important military operations around the globe, including the liberation of Kuwait from Iraqi forces in 1991. It is right that we continue to recognise this service and ensure veterans from Hong Kong are placed on an equal footing with other members of His Majesty’s Forces who were also stationed in the territory prior to the handover to China in 1997.

Succesful applicants will be granted Indefinite Leave to Enter, allowing them to live and work in the UK without restriction and putting them on a path to full British citizenship.

Further information about this settlement route and how to apply will be published on gov.uk in due course. The Government looks forward to welcoming applications from those Hong Kong veterans and their families who wish to make the UK their home.