British National (Overseas) BNO visa


British National (Overseas) visa

If you are from Hong Kong and are a British national (overseas) you and your family members can apply for a British National (Overseas) visa. This is known as a BNO visa. It allows you to live, work and study in the UK.

Who can apply

You can apply for a BNO visa if you are:

  • a British national (overseas)
  • 18 or older

Your permanent home must be:

  • in Hong Kong, if you’re applying from outside the UK
  • in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Hong Kong if you’re applying in the UK
  • Your family members
  • Your family members can apply for a BNO visa if they’re eligible. They must usually apply at the same time as you.

How long you can stay

You can apply to stay for either:

  • 2 years and 6 months
  • 5 years
  • You will be able to extend your visa if you want to stay longer.
  • You can apply to extend your visa as many times as you want.

After you have lived in the UK for 5 years, you can apply to live in the UK permanently.

What you can and cannot do

You can:

  • work (except you cannot work as a professional sportsperson or sports coach)
  • study (including at school, college or university)
  • You cannot usually apply for most benefits (public funds).

Once you have a BNO visa, you might be able to apply for access to benefits. You will be eligible for this in certain financial circumstances, for example if you:

  • do not have a place to live and cannot afford one
  • have a place to live but cannot afford essential living costs like food or heating
  • are at risk of losing your place to live or being unable to afford essential living costs
  • have a very low income, and not having access to benefits would harm your child’s wellbeing

When you apply for a British National (Overseas) visa, you must:

  • pay the visa application fee
  • pay the healthcare surcharge
  • prove that you have enough money to support yourself and your family members for at least 6 months while you’re in the UK

Visa application fee

You and your family members will each need to pay a visa application fee.

It costs:

  • £180 if you’re applying for 2 years and 6 months
  • £250 if you’re applying for 5 years
  • As part of your application, you might need to go to an appointment to give your biometric information (fingerprints and a photo). This will cost £19.20.

Healthcare surcharge

You and your family members will each need to pay the healthcare surcharge.

This is so you can use the National Health Service (NHS) in the UK. You will still need to pay for some NHS care such as prescriptions, dental care and eye tests.

For each adult (18 or older) it costs:

  • £1,560 if you’re staying for 2 years and 6 months
  • £3,120 if you’re staying for 5 years

For each child (under 18), it costs:

  • £1,175 if you’re staying for 2 years and 6 months
  • £2,350 if you’re staying for 5 years

You pay the healthcare surcharge as part of your online visa application.

Money to support yourself and your family

You will need to show you have enough money to pay for your housing and to support yourself and your family for 6 months.

This can include:

  • your income and savings as well as your family member’s
  • money you will earn in your current job in the UK
  • money you will earn if you’re transferring to a job in the UK with your current employer
  • an offer of help from family or friends

You usually do not need to show you have enough money to support yourself if you have been living in the UK for 12 months or more.

You will still need to show this if you have been in the UK on a Youth Mobility Scheme visa.

As well as money for housing costs, you will need at least the same amount as someone would get on Income Support in the UK.

How much you need depends on how many family members are applying with you. For example, you will need about:

  • £2,000 as a single adult
  • £3,100 as a couple with a child
  • £4,600 as a couple with 3 children
  • £9,200 as a couple with 2 parents and 2 adult children

How We Can Help

We pride ourselves on being approachable and proactive in understanding and meeting our clients’ needs. We are a highly driven team, dedicated to providing clear and reliable immigration advice to human rights applicants as part of a professional and friendly service. We take your instructions, understand your requirements, collect all the necessary evidence, complete your application and submit it to the Home Office (UKVI) for consideration. You can contact us on 01202925737 or call us on mobile 07548856403 or email us at office@arukvisa.co.uk or by completing our contact form.