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BNO was never meant to be?

British ConsulateIt 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 was not the Chinese government after all.

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BNO Passports – Will it work?

British ConsulateAn 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 that they have no issue revoking citizenship of Chinese nationals with dual nationalities.

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Residents in Hong Kong Seek British Passports

British EmbassyNow 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 looking for a way out in the event of any unrest. The BNO passport applications are still being renewed in Hong Kong as an insurance policy.

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Consular Assistance 2014/15

British ConsulateThese are the stats released by the FCO for consular assistance over the 2014/15 period. You will note that the stats for assistance is very high however it has come down a bit. You can read the full documents on this website for more information here.

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UK State Pension if you retire abroad

British ConsulateIf you are retired and wish to draw your UK pension in a foreign country then this can be done. Note however that there is a limitation on increases in your pension when you live outside the UK or outside of the European Economic Area or Switzerland. Most British expats tend to retire in Thailand and the Philippines and these are excluded from increases, as well as Australia and New Zealand.

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