Guidance

Home Office Registrations

How to register as a British citizen under specific British nationality acts with a connection to Hong Kong.

Overview

If you hold British nationality, either as a British National Overseas (BN(O)), British Overseas Citizen (BOC), British Protected Person, British Subject or as a former British Dependent Territories Citizen of Hong Kong, you may qualify to register as a British citizen under the following British Nationality Acts.

This guide sets out essential information for persons with British nationality who may be eligible to apply. Please read all information carefully before making an appointment with our Home Office Registration Section.

British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997

The main requirements for registering as a British citizen under this Act are:

  • you had to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong on 4 February 1997
  • you have to be ordinarily resident in Hong Kong at the time of your application
  • on 4 February 1997, you must have held no other nationality, either as a British National (Overseas) (BN(O)), British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person, British Subject or as a former British Dependent Territories Citizen of Hong Kong
  • BN(O)s of Chinese ethnic origin are entitled to Chinese nationality and do not qualify

Information for those of Indian ethnic origin

If you are of Indian ethnic origin, please read our specific guidance to see if you are eligible to apply for British citizenship.

Information for those of Nepalese ethnic origin

If you are of Nepalese origin, please read our specific guidance to see if you are eligible to apply for British citizenship.

Section 4B British Nationality Act 1981

The four main requirements to register as a British citizen under this Act are:

You must be one of the following:

  • a British Overseas citizen (BOC)
  • a British Subject (under the British Nationality Act 1981)
  • a British Protected Person (BPP)
  • a British National (Overseas) (BN(O))

You must not hold any other citizenship or nationality.

If you are a BOC, a British Subject or a BPP, you must not, since 4 July 2002 have:

  • renounced any citizenship or nationality
  • voluntarily given up any citizenship or nationality
  • lost through action or inaction any citizenship or nationality

If you are a BN(O), you must not, since 19 March 2009, have:

  • renounced any citizenship or nationality
  • voluntarily given up any citizenship or nationality
  • lost through action or inaction any citizenship or nationality

We’ve published more specific guidance on Section 4B of British Nationality Act 1981.

Disclaimer

The information contained in these notes is intended for your general guidance only. While care has been taken in compiling these notes, the accuracy of the information cannot be guaranteed and, of course, law and procedures may change from time to time. For these reasons, neither Her Majesty’s Government nor any member of the British Consular Section staff can accept liability for any costs, damage or expenses which you might incur as a result of relying on these notes.

Published 31 May 2013