Visas: Hong Kong

Home Office written question – answered on 17th September 2020.

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Photo of Alberto Costa Alberto Costa Conservative, South Leicestershire

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, what assessment her Department has made of the UK's capability to accommodate citizens from Hong Kong under the bespoke Hong Kong BN(O) Visa.

Photo of Kevin Foster Kevin Foster The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for the Home Department

While this visa offer is a generous one, recognising our historic commitment to Hong Kong BN(O) citizens, it is not an unconditional offer. BN(O) citizens will need to support themselves independently while living in the UK; they will need to show they can support themselves in the UK for at least six months and will contribute to our brilliant NHS through the Immigration Health Surcharge.

Successful applicants to the route will be able to work in the UK in almost any capacity and have no recourse to public funds. This means they will be unable to claim most benefits, tax credits, or housing assistance that are funded by UK taxpayers for the full five years of the visa.

We are working closely with other government departments, including the Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government, to ensure BN(O) citizens coming into the UK can be self-sufficient, whilst integrating with and contributing to the betterment of society across our United Kingdom.

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