Otago Daily Times

Bri­tain con­firms visa of­fer

- Politics · Asian Politics · United Kingdom · London · Hong Kong · China · British National (Overseas)

LON­DON: Bri­tain has con­firmed de­tails of its route to cit­i­zen­ship for al­most three mil­lion peo­ple in its for­mer colony Hong Kong, say­ing there would be no quota on num­bers and a five­year visa would cost £250 ($NZ489) per per­son.

Bri­tain made the of­fer to those with Bri­tish Na­tional (Over­seas) sta­tus and their de­pen­dants in July after declar­ing China had bro­ken the terms of a 1984 han­dover treaty by im­pos­ing a new se­cu­rity law.

China then threat­ened to with­draw its recog­ni­tion of BN(O) pass­ports held by Hong Kong res­i­dents.

An eco­nomic im­pact as­sess­ment said there could be up to 1 mil­lion visa ap­pli­ca­tions from BN(O) sta­tus hold­ers from 2021­25, as many as 500,000 in the first year, but it is ex­pected the ac­tual num­bers will be far lower.

The of­fer is open to BN(O)s who are usu­ally res­i­dent in Hong Kong, from Jan­uary 31. —


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