Hong Kong British National (Overseas) (BNO) route: caseworker guidance

Immigration staff guidance on considering applications through the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) (BNO) route.


Hong Kong British National (Overseas) route

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UK Visas and Immigration guidance on how staff consider applications for entry clearance and permission to stay on the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) (BNO) route. It is based on Appendix Hong Kong British National (Overseas) to the Immigration Rules.

Published 31 January 2021
Last updated 10 April 2024 + show all updates
  1. The guidance has been updated to reflect changes made to the Immigration Rules: Appendix Hong Kong British National (Overseas) in April 2024. A full list of changes can be found in the guidance.

  2. Updated to reflect changes to the relationship requirement to remove the need for partners to have been living together for at least 2 years prior to applying.

  3. The guidance has been updated following recent changes to extend the concession to allow family members of a main applicant who passes away during the application process to continue to apply to the BN(O) route as if the main applicant were still alive, to family members of an adult child of a BN(O) status holder; and to extend the concession enabling UKVI to grant 12 months LOTR.

  4. Changes to reflect the updated policy which will enable applications to the BN(O) route from individuals aged 18 or over who were born on or after 1 July 1997 and who have at least one BN(O) parent.

  5. Guidance updated with amended proof of identity section.

  6. Updated guidance to reflect the changes to the Immigration Rules for this route.

  7. Updated guidance.

  8. Replaced this guidance with a new version.

  9. Updated the version of the guidance. This version includes updates on families making an application together and to the conditions of an applicant’s stay relating to access to public funds and police registration.

  10. First published.