British Citizenship for Hong Kong Nationals: Navigating the Visa and Tax Rules
Our members Hugill&Ip and BDB Pitmans inform about the new rules regarding the british citizenship for Hong Kong Nationals.
On Sunday 31 January, over two million Hong Kong citizens were offered a pathway to British citizenship.
The announcement that such a route would be introduced was made in summer, following mainland China’s threat to introduce its ‘national security law’ into the territory, law that was introduced at the end of June. The new pathway is open to the 350,000 or so Hong Kong citizens who hold a British National Overseas passport, and the other two million or so who are entitled to hold one. These individuals are now able to apply for a two and a half year visa or five year UK visa which can be renewed indefinitely. After five years they can apply for indefinite leave to remain in the UK and a year after this they can apply for British citizenship.