Britain opens visa scheme for millions of Hong Kongers

A new visa scheme offering millions of Hong Kongers a pathway to British citizenship will go live on Sunday 31 January 2021 as the city's former colonial master opens its doors to those wanting to escape China's crackdown on dissent. From Sunday afternoon, anyone with a British National (Overseas) passport and their dependents will be able to apply online for a visa allowing them to live and work in the United Kingdom. After five years they can then apply for citizenship. The immigration scheme is a response to Beijing's decision last year to impose a sweeping national security law on Hong Kong to snuff out huge and often violent democracy protests. N°8ZT67YN°8ZT7KX