There are 142,000 Hong Kongers who have applied for a special British citizenship visa. One-third of them are under the age of 18. Those between the ages of 25 and 54 make up the majority. Therefore experts stated that the government should focus more on homegrown talent. This rather than only attracting non-local people according to official figures collected by the South China Morning Post.
Hong Kongers applying for UK citizenship visas
The 38,600 Hong Kongers are under 18 applied for the British National Overseas or BNO. This between January 31st 2021 and June 30th this year. In other words, the report added that only 16 percent of those requests were filed from the UK. 55 percent or 78,100 applications. Of those who applied for the special visa were Hong Hongers between the ages of 25 and 54. The Hong Kongers applying for UK citizenship visas article explains further.
According to Home Office data, people between the ages of 35 and 44 accounted for 32 600 applications of Hong Kong’s 7.5 million residents. This is an estimated 5.4 million are eligible for the program data issued by the Home Office in August shows that a total of 133,124 Hong kongers have received approval for the citizenship route since the scheme was launched.
The UK government kicked off the program in January 2021. The move came after Beijing imposed a national security law on the former British colony. Last month the UK government recently expanded the program’s eligibility to include younger people with at least one parent with BNO status. In conclusion, people with at least one parent with BNO status born after the 1997 . handover will soon be allowed to apply for the BNO visa. This without their parents assistance. In conclusion, see the British Embassy in Hong Kong for more details or see the links below.
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