Hong Kong: Foreign Nationals

Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office written question – answered on 20th June 2022.

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Photo of Thangam Debbonaire Thangam Debbonaire Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs, what steps the Government is taking to support Hong Kong nationals in the UK who are required by potential employers to provide a Certificate of No Criminal Conviction but are unable to obtain that document from the Hong Kong police due to fears for their safety or that of their family and friends in that country.

Photo of Amanda Milling Amanda Milling Minister of State (Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office)

There are statutory requirements for employers in the UK to carry out Certificates of No Criminal Convictions (CNCC) checks in specified roles in the health and education sectors. The updated guidance on CNCCs can be found on https://www.gov.uk/guidance/notarial-and-documentary-services-guide-for-hong-kong-and-macao. Individuals can apply for a CNCC online and do not need to return to Hong Kong or specify their terms of residence in the UK.

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