FCO British Assistance Abroad

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If you enjoyed the last update on the British Abroad series then these are the stats for 2015 for consular assistance while abroad issued by the Foreign Office. Some changes to the stats however very interesting considering how certain locations had changed.

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BNO Visa Free Countries

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If you hold onto a BNO passport then you can enter the UK for 6 months without the need for a visa. The following countries also do not require a visa when traveling on a BNO passport. The listing is from the older British government website which no long holds any BNO information. If you have any questions about your …

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BNO Renewal in Hong Kong

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In 2012 the South China Morning Post wrote a good article on BNO renewal and how this affects the more than 3.4 million citizens of Hong Kong. You can renew your BNO status even when your passport has expired however it does come at a price.

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Consular Assistance

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The as listed below would be for January 2015 and may change by the time you read this. The have been listed for each country here in the local currency as of April 2013. Call the relevant embassy to find out what their new fees may be. Again these PDF documents are only good as at the time of this …

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Marriage Abroad

Celebration of 40 years in Vietnam

You can’t register a marriage which occurred overseas at a register office in the UK. You can however apply to have your marriage documents from that country certified and sent then only deposited with the General Register Office (GRO) in the UK. You can then get copies of your marriage or civil partnership record more easily.

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UK Fiancee Visa

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If you are going to be getting married to a foreign national and wish to take her back to the UK then she will need to apply for a UK Fiancee Visa to enter the United Kingdom. These are the requirements for the UK Fiancee Visa for your fiancee or girlfriend that you are wanting to bring back to the …

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UK Spouse Visa

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If you are married to a foreign national or married to a British citizen then the UK spouse visa is what you need to settle in the UK. If you want to bring her back to the UK then there are a number of requirements which would need to be met. The following is the basics with the forms needed …

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Renew British Passport

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This is the renew British passport page on the website. You need to complete the forms correctly as 1 in every 8 applications for a British passport which needs to be renewed is rejected as being incomplete. There are a number of forms each for a different type of passport depending on your age or if it is a ‘Smart’ …

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British Born Abroad

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British Born Abroad. If your child or children are born outside of the UK and you are British, you can now register the birth of the child via online or postal application. Many of the rules and processes have been changed and still more changes as the FCO cuts budgets.

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BNO and Hong Kong residents

There have been a number of changes with regards to the BNO passports when it comes to the British government. Every week there has been new ideas and changes which they wish to make. The latest views come from Prime Minister Boris Johnson on the status of the BNO passport holders as well as the fate of others in Hong …

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300,000 HK residents to get British Citizenship

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In an about turn to the BNO (British National Overseas) issue, Dominic Raab the foreign secretary has come to pledge to extend the British visa rights for all BNO passport holders and also to  facilitate their path to British citizenship. This will happen unless Beijing changes its stance on security laws in Hong Kong.

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British Embassy in Asia

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You will note that there are a number of British Embassies as well as British high commissions. These are some of the most common Embassies in Asia. These are the British Embassy in Hong Kong as well as the British Embassy in Thailand as well as the the High Commission in Singapore. Search this website for more information as well …

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UK lawmaker wants to shorten BNO naturalisation

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After more than 4,000 people petitioned the UK government, Steve Double, a Conservative MP on July 10 proposed a motion to shorten the time needed for tier 4 and 5 BNO citizens to naturalise into British Nationals from 10 to five years. This would make BNO holders eligible for citizenship much earlier.

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Tugendhat – The UK had obligations to Hong Kong citizens

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There has been another push to give Hong Kong nationals UK citizenship. Thomas Tugendhat who is a British Conservative Party politician has opened the debate again about giving citizenship to Hong Kong nationals. This comes after more than 10 weeks of unrest in Hong Kong.

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BNO was never meant to be?

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It was always the premise of the press that the main reason why BNO holders cannot get dual nationality was because the Chinese government would never allow it. This view has however changed this year with documents being made available from the 1980’s that Britain had no intention of allowing Hong Kong residents to become British nationals and that it …

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BNO Passports – Will it work?

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An interest thought has come up with regards to the BNO passport and if it will ever amount to anything and should it allow Hong Kong residents the right to abode in Britain without creating a new problem that many do not think about. Chinese citizens are not allowed to legally hold dual citizenship and the Chinese government has shown …

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British nationals in Zimbabwe

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15 November 2017: Due to the uncertain political situation in Harare, including reports of unusual military activity, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office recommend British nationals currently in Harare to remain safely at home or in their accommodation until the situation becomes clearer. You can contact the British High Commission in Zimbabwe for consular assistance and monitor the latest news for any …

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Residents in Hong Kong Seek British Passports

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Now 20 years since its return to China, Hong Kong residents are again rushing to secure British passports as a safety net in the event of more possible problems ahead such as social unrest or the erosion of civil liberties in Hong Kong. With  the “occupy” street protests of 2014, and increasing calls for independence more residents in Hong Kong are …

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