BNO nationals leave outside the rules concession extended

Published on: 25/05/2021


The Hong Kong British National Overseas (BNO) visa was opened to BNO Passport holders (and their family members) from Hong Kong earlier this year. The route normally requires an application for entry clearance from outside the UK. However, since its announcement, the UK Government has allowed applicants to seek ‘Leave Outside the Rules’ at a UK Border. This concession has now been extended until 21 June 2021. 

The guidance states that if an applicant is not eligible to enter under an existing immigration route, they may request a Border Officer to grant them leave outside of the rules. If granted, the leave normally lasts for 6 months and the applicants must then apply for a BNO visa within the UK before this leave expires. 

Prospective applicants must be prepared to show evidence of their identity, their British national (overseas) status, proof of residence in Hong Kong (or the UK) and that they are able to adequately accommodate and maintain themselves in the UK. 

If applying with dependants, they should also have evidence of their relationship. Acceptable dependants include spouse, unmarried partners (if cohabiting for at least 2 years), minor children, and adult children (if born after 1 July 1997 who normally live with the main applicant). Other family members may also be considered if there is a high level of dependency. 

At Clarkslegal, we can assist you with your Hong Kong BNO visa. Contact our immigration lawyers for further information. 


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