The BNO Visa allows you to live and work in the UK for up to five years, after which you can apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain and finally British Citizenship. 

Who has British national (overseas) status?

Someone who was a British overseas territories citizen by connection with Hong Kong was able to register as a British national (overseas) before 1 July 1997.

British overseas territories citizens from Hong Kong who did not register as British nationals (overseas) and had no other nationality or citizenship on 30 June 1997 became British overseas citizens on 1 July 1997.

BNOs can use a type of British passport and seek consular assistance and protection from most UK diplomatic posts – apart from in China, Hong Kong or Macao. They do not, however, have the right of abode in the UK, and are subject to UK visa requirements.

Which family members can apply?

  • Your spouse, civil partner or unmarried partner.
  • Your child or children (under the age of 18).
  • Your adult child or children born on or after 1 July 1997 (and their spouse, or child under the age of 18).
  • Other family members (parent, grandparent, brother, sister, son or daughter) can also apply in exceptional circumstances where there is a high level of dependency.

What you can do

This visa enables you to work, study and use the National Health Service (NHS). 

Your children (under 18) will be able to attend school, or attend education and training (ages 16-19).

What you cannot do

You cannot claim public funds

Financial requirement

You will need to prove that you are able to support yourself and your family for at least 6 months in the UK.

You will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge when you apply for the visa. 

Financial requirement

You will need to prove that you are able to support yourself and your family for at least 6 months in the UK.

You will need to pay the Immigration Health Surcharge when you apply for the visa. 

How to apply

You can apply online from both inside and outside of the UK, depending on your individual circumstances. The main applicant will apply first and receive a unique reference number. The rest of the family should apply together.

We can assist with your application and ensure that the process goes smoothly.

FAQs

BRITISH NATIONAL OVERSEAS (BNO) VISA

There are two options you can apply for

  1. 2 years and 6 months (30 months)
  2. 5 years

You can extend your visa as many times as you wish if you want to stay longer.

You may prefer to apply for Indefinite Leave to Remain after 5 years if you meet the criteria.

You need to pay a fee for yourself and each of your family members.

The current UK Visas & Immigration fees are as follows:

Visa application fee

  • 2 years 6 months: £180
  • 5 years: £250

National Health Service (NHS) surcharge

Adults (18 or older)

  • 2 years 6 months: £1,560
  • 5 years: £3,120

Children under 18

  • 2 years 6 months: £1,175
  • 5 years: £2,350

Woodcock Law’s fee

  • £2000 main applicant
  • £800 each dependant
  • £500 extra for complex cases

Contact us for our expert advice

There are many requirements to be met to satisfy UK Visas and Immigration. The Immigration Rules contain strict requirements in terms of the evidentiary documents that must be provided.

Woodcock Law is well placed and highly experienced in providing advice and assistance on making a British National Overseas (BNO) visa application. We appreciate that many of the requirements may seem overly complex and onerous, but we can assist you in your application.

We recommend getting in contact with us for our specialist advice on such an application before any action is taken.

Contact Joanne Chung on +44 (0)7903 608 792 or joanne@woodcocklaw.co.uk for more information.

The information contained on this page is sourced from UK Visas and Immigration and is subject to change. While Woodcock Law Limited makes every effort to keep this information current, prices and information cannot be guaranteed and should always be checked on www.gov.uk.