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BNO Residency Questions Answered

Since the British government announced in early July that it would allow BNO (British Nationals Overseas) holders and their family members to apply for visas to immigrate to the UK, the Home Office is currently drafting legislation on visas, which may take several months, so all the details about BNO visas Not finalized.

* Allow BNO holders to apply for a visa, the visa will be valid for 5 years
* After living for 5 years, you can apply for permanent residence, and you can apply for a loan in the UK after waiting for 1 year
* You can work or study in the UK with a visa
* There is no limit for visa application


BNO Visa Application Q & A


Q: Where to apply?
A: If BNO holders wish to immigrate to the UK, they need to apply for a visa (VISA). In the past, a visa needs to be applied for in Hong Kong; after the visa is approved, they can enter the UK as an immigrant (not a tourist).

Q: Fees?
A: The BNO visa fee is unknown, the spouse or child visa refers to the current family visa £1,523

All visa applicants are required to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge (IHS). From October this year, the IHS will increase to £624 per person per year. If the first visa is granted for 33 months, the total fee will be 3 x £624 (if one year is not enough, it will be counted as one year), as the use of public medical services (National Health Service) surcharge. It is believed that BNO visas and their dependents visas also have to pay this fee.


Q: Can family members apply together? Who are the recipient Dependants?
A: According to the current immigration laws, family members, also known as Dependants, are the spouses of the British Sponsor, whether of the same sex, opposite sex, married or cohabiting (at least two years); and their 18 children under the age of Children who are under the age of 18 at the time of application are still eligible. Only parents of sponsors are not included.


Q: Means test/funding requirements?
A: Foreign Minister Dominic Raab has stated that BNO visa applicants will not be subject to means testing; however, for visa applications for their spouse and children, according to the current settlement visa requirements, the funding requirements are as follows:

Cash deposit requirement: One recipient = £62,500
Two recipients = £72,000


Work income requirement, UK (BNO holder) sponsor  
Earnings are:     One recipient = £18,600 annual salary
Two recipients = annual salary £18,600+3800= £22,400

The above are the relevant laws and visa requirements of the current Settlement Visas.

Q: Lending to the UK
A: Under the current 5+1 law, BNO holders do not need to apply for naturalisation and can register for British citizenship. There is no major difference between the two procedures except for fees.

Application fee:
Naturalisation £1,330
Register for British citizenship £1,206

Q: Will not enjoy benefits:
A: Visa holders are generally required to comply with the conditions of stay, one of which is No recourse to public funds, which means that without social welfare funds, unemployment benefits, public housing, etc. cannot be applied for, otherwise it will be regarded as a violation of stay. conditions, will be refused renewal.

Q: Education:
A: Children aged 17 or below with visas can study for free in public schools.
Any visa that can stay for more than six months, 5 to 18 years old can have free education (government schools)…/schools-admissions-applications-from-o…

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