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16/02/2021

British National Overseas BNO

British National Overseas BNO

 

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Following the announcement of national security law in Hong Kong, a new visa route was launched called the British National Overseas BNO. There are eligibility, suitability and validity requirements that applicants must meet to apply for this immigration route. A detailed information on the requirements and application process is provided below. 

 

 

What is British National Overseas (BNO)?

On 31 January 2021, the UK opened a Hong Kong British National Overseas BNO that is only available to British Nationals Overseas and their immediate family members. Eligible applicants can apply from outside or inside the UK.

The BNO visa allows individuals to live, study and work in the UK.

 

 

Who is eligible?

 

You can apply for a BNO visa if you are:

 

a British National Overseas who’s permanent home is in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Hong Kong. 

18 years old or older 

 

If you meet the above-mentioned criteria, your family members can also apply for a BNO visa as your ‘dependants’ provided the applicants can show that they are living together and show proof of relationship. You and your family members must apply together. 

 

A dependant family member can include your:

 

Spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner provided both sides can prove that you are in a subsisting relationship and have been living together for at least 2 years 

 

Child/stepchild or grandchild under 18 years. Children under 18 years will need to apply with both of their parents unless one parent or grandparent has sole responsibility for them. Additional documentation will be required to prove that only one adult is the sole carer of the child

 

Child 18 years of age or older, born on or after 1 July 1997 (and their parent or child under 18 years of age) 

 

Adult dependent relatives. This includes parents, grandparents, siblings or children 18 years of age or older, provided you are living together, they are not independent and require your assistance and care. The adult dependent relative must be highly dependent on the main BNO applicant due to their age, medical condition or disability. Sufficient evidence is required to prove that the adult relative will not be provided with the same day-to-day help, care and support in Hong Kong if the main applicant moved to the UK because it is not available or affordable. If the adult relative is your child or sibling, they must live with the main applicant when making the application. Parents and grandparents do not need to live in the same household. If parents and grandparents are living as couples, they must apply together to come to the UK. 

 

 

How to apply?

 

Applications made outside the UK where your permanent home is Hong Kong. 

 

Applications made outside the UK must be submitted online. 

 

Before applying for British National (Overseas), you must make sure you’ve checked you are eligible for this visa route and collated your supporting evidence and documentation to apply. You might want to speak with one of our experienced immigration advisors who will advise you on the merits of your application. 

 

Each family member needs to make their own separate application. Your family members must apply at the same time as you. The main applicant needs to submit their application first. Once this is done, your family members should apply within 24 hours. After submission, the main applicant will be provided with a unique reference number called Global Web Form (GWF). The family members will need to state the main applicant’s reference number in their visa application. 

 

You will be required to upload your supporting documentation online with your visa application and you are also advised to bring all supporting documents (originals and copies) to your biometrics appointment. 

Once the application is submitted online, you will be redirected to a partner website called VFS.global where you will be required to book your biometrics appointment at a visa application centre. Your biometrics information includes your fingerprints and photographs. 

 

A decision on your visa application will be made within 12 weeks from the date of your biometrics appointment. You will get a letter stating the outcome of your application. The letter will cover what you need to do next. Once your visa application is successful, you will be issued with an entry clearance vignette valid for 90 days and you must travel to the UK within the validity of your entry clearance. The decision letter will also provide information about your biometric residence permit (BRP) collection point. 

 

Applications made within the UK

 

Applications made within the UK must be submitted online. 

If you’ve met the eligibility requirements for this visa route, you can switch to British National (Overseas) if you are already present in the UK on a different UK visa and you can apply by 31 March 2021. 

 

After you submit your online visa application and upload your supporting documentation, you will need to book your biometrics appointment at UKVCAS service point. You are advised to bring all supporting documentation (originals and copies) to your biometrics appointment. 

 

Applicants are not advised to travel outside the UK until a decision is made on their pending application. 

 

A decision on your visa application will be made within 12 weeks from the date of your biometrics appointment. 

Once your visa application is successful, you will be provided with a letter confirming the details of your biometric residence permit (BRP) collection point.

 

The BBC has covered this in their article here

 

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How To Apply For UK’s Points Based System

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Introduction to the UK’s Points Based System?

The newly introduced point-based system has been different from the previous ones. As a potential immigrant you would need to be aware of where you stand and what has to be done. Having clarity on these would improve your chances of immigration to the UK.

Anyone who is looking to immigrate to the United Kingdom would have a fair share of questions which we aim to answer in this post. These answers would enable you to not just understand the system better but also put forward your best case in a bid to attain immigration. 

We look at what the UK point based system for 2021 is, who can be eligible, and how to apply for the same. This way you would have all the necessary information handy. We also look at how the Brexit agreement would affect you as a potential immigrant. 

In order to understand all the details provided below you should be aware of what the system is all about. This step-by-step guide would ensure that you are educated enough about the UK’s points based system 2021.

What is the UK’s Points Based System?

Anyone looking to migrate to the UK to work and live and gain permanent residency will now have to apply via UK’s points based system that will award points for different factors such as age, qualification, work experience, job offer etc. Candidates have to score a total of 70 points more on this later.

If you are an EEA national who is already living in the United Kingdom by 31st of December 2020 this point based system is not applicable to you. You have the right and can continue to work even in 2021 up to the 30th of June in the United Kingdom. 

Your employers are obligated to accept your National Identity Cards as well as Passports until this time. This is however, just a transition phase measure which everyone would have to be well aware of. 

Employers tend to hire skilled workers from around the world based on this point system that is floated by the government. This acts as a means of regulating who is allowed to work in the United Kingdom with all the legalities covered. 

In case someone is not able to meet all the requirements they would not be eligible to come the United Kingdom directly on a work visa. So, it is imperative that you have all the mandatory areas covered before you start looking at optional ones to attain points that is required in the UK. 

Who is eligible for the UK’s Points based system?

An applicant needs to score a total of 70 points for different elements in order to qualify. These points are made up by factors thats are mandatory and non mandatory. An applicant must meet the mandatory points as mentioned in the points table below before they can look at the non-mandatory points which can be traded with one another.

Skilled workers planning to work in the United Kingdom would have to follow the below criteria to ensure that they meet all requirements. There are no shortcuts about it and the below table makes everything crystal clear for everyone. 

Requirement Not Tradable/Tradable with Other Specific Requirements Number of Points
The employer should provide you with an offer of appointment. The employer should also be an approved sponsor. No 20
Availing the employment with the appropriate skill level. No 20
Fluency in spoken English and ability to understand.  No 10
For people with salary anywhere between £20,480 and £23,039 Yes 0
For people with salary anywhere between £23,040 and £25,599 Yes 10
If your salary is £25,600 or over Yes 20
If you are having an employment with an occupation which as a scarcity as nominated by the Migration Advisory Committee. Yes 20
If you have an academic qualification which is a PhD having a subject that is relevant to whatever employment that you have taken up. Yes 10
If you have an education qualification that is a PhD in a STEM subject which is relevant to the employment. Yes 20

Anyone who chooses to apply would need to have 70 points. Among these 70 points your mandatory requirement would be of 50 which cannot be traded with anything else. However, you have 20 points that can be tradable with others to work in the UK.  

There are 5 tiers that the point-based system is comprised of for people aspiring to work in the United Kingdom. They have been categorized into various categories in accordance to employment, investment, and others. 

You would have to be aware that an employer should be registered with the HomeOffice’s register of tier 2 sponsors. Only these are capable of providing you with sponsorship that carries the mandatory 20 points that is required. 

If you visit the register of sponsors you would be able to get a list of the employers or organisations that are registered with them. The regulations were put in place for the register of sponsors from the 31st of March 2009. 

How to Apply?

There are a few steps that can give you clarity on how you can go about applying for a UK visa. With these details you would know what you already have and what you need to acquire before you become eligible for a work permit to the United Kingdom. 

  • To apply for a Skilled Worker visa, you need to:

    You will be able to save your application and come back to it at another time if you need to.

There are some basic requirements that you would need for applying for a United Kingdom visa. These are irrelevant of whatever type of visa you apply for and includes employment, business, and student visa. The requirements are as follows:

  • A completed application form depending on the visa that you are applying for. You can either choose to complete the application process online or have a manual one filled up and submitted. However, the online version of the form is easier by all means for anyone. 
  • Two photographs that are in specifications with the size and colour that is required by the government of the United Kingdom. 
  • You should possess a passport issued by your home country or residing country. The passport should essentially have a blank page and should be valid for 3 months after your planned departure from the United Kingdom. 
  • The applicant would also have to prove that they are able to take care of them financially while in the United Kingdom. This can include your pay slips, bank statements, and other income related documents. 
  • You should also possess a document that show where you are likely to stay while in the United Kingdom. It is not imperative that you pay in full for this accommodation while applying for the visa.
  • A detailed travel plan or itinerary should be provided while at the time of applying. This should include dates, places, appointments, and other details which would be scrutinised before your visa is granted or approved. 
  • People traveling from certain countries would have to provide test results of tuberculosis too. 
  • The biometric information is something that you would require to submit if your planned stay exceeds 6 months in the United Kingdom. 
  • You should also provide them with the receipt that states that you have already paid for your UK visa application.

Conclusion

Irrelevant of your current status in the country that you belong to there are these things that you would have to furnish. Only upon qualifying on all these aspects you would be granted a visa for an entry into the United Kingdom.

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