Apply for UK Permanent Residency in the 5th year, and British citizenship in the 6th year
Can apply with non BN(O) family members
The BNO visa application threshold is low and many visa applicants think that the approval is relatively straightforward. But in fact, there are many complexed cases which show that the UK government is still very strict about the applications.
According to the latest figures released by the UK Home Office, since the BNO scheme was launched in 2021, the UK has received a total of 140,500 visa applications, 95% of which have been approved, with a total of 133,124 people. As for visa refusal cases, there have been 335 cases since the 2021 Q4.
From our experience, most of these refusal cases are due to the applicants’ special records or personal circumstances, making them difficult to meet the visa requirements. During this period, we have received many requests and enquiries from a wide range of visa applicants, and we have given them full support to increase the success rate and conduct administrative review when necessary.
The UK starts accepting applications on 31st January 2021
The main BNO applicant can apply with the following dependents:
a) Spouse, including married spouses, same-sex partners, unmarried partners living together for two years
b) Children, including unmarried children under the age of 18 born after July 1, 1997, or over the age of 18 but still single and dependent on their parents
(*The UK government confirmed that it will expand the BNO visa program this autumn: Young people born after July 1, 1997, over 18 years old, and one of their parents holds BNO status, can apply for a BNO visa separately to live, study and work in the UK. The new policy are expected to come into effect in November 2022, with the details of the Immigration Rules to be announced by the UK authority in due course).
c) Parents or other adult dependents who demonstrate a high degree of dependence on the main applicant
You can apply for either a 5-year or a 2.5-year visa with a further 2.5-year extension.
Many of our clients have been inquiring about the eligibility of applying BN(O) visa. We have summarized the most frequently asked questions for your reference. If you have any questions, please arrange a consultation with our team to discuss your circumstances.
If you apply via the visa centre, you will need to land in the UK within 90 days.
If you apply via the “UK Immigration: ID check” app, you will need to land the UK within 180 days in order to fulfil the residency rules for PR application.
How much you need depends on how many family members are applying with you. For example, you’ll need about:
Applicants will need to provide a valid TB certificate from one of the approved clinics in HK. The certificate is valid for six months and it must be valid at the date of the visa application (instead of the date of landing in the UK).
The official processing time is 12 weeks, which is around 3 months.
Under the current Immigration laws, if your child is aged under 18, you will have to apply as a family unit, unless you have the sole custody of the child.
If your child is already aged over 18, you can apply with your child and you do not need to include your spouse in the application.
After five years, if your child is still under 18 years old, both parents will need to fulfil the residency requirements (no more than 180 days absence during any 12 months) in order for the child to apply PR.
The UK Home Office will consider the applicant’s past criminal records including the type of conviction, the date of the crime, the sentence imposed, whether the applicant was sentenced to imprisonment and so forth to make decision case-by-case.
If you have previously declared bankruptcy, you will need to confirm whether the bankruptcy order has been dissolved and declare this on the application form.
Please contact us for further information about your criminal or bankruptcy record in order for us to advise further.
You need to provide at least three items of proof of address (e.g. utility bills, bank statements or any official correspondence) to confirm your permanent address in HK.
If you have been residing in other countries for study, work or family reasons, we will need to assess your immigration history and your current visa state in your current country to assess your eligibility (e.g. whether you have already obtained PR or citizenship in that country is an important consideration).