Newfields
8 September 2020

香港的英國國民(海外)

鑑於中國政府決定在香港實施新的《國家安全法》,英國政府為英國國民(海外)(BN(O))及其親屬製定了特定入境英國及在當地居留的途徑。本文章將解釋取得全新香港 BN(O) 簽證的途徑,並簡述潛在 BN(O) 簽證申請人須有甚麼資格要求  

全新 BN(O) 簽證將於 20211 月開放予BN(O) 公民及其直系親屬申請,為其提供在英國居住、工作和接受長期教育的權利。BN(O) 公民目前僅獲允許以訪客身份在英國逗留 6 個月,且能夠進行的活動也受到限制。

從明年開始,申請人將能在英國境內外申請此簽證。進入英國和/或在當地居留的許可最初為 30 個月,然後可以再延長 30 個月。或者, 英國政府亦可能授予單次的 5 年期限居留許可。在英國居留 5 年後,個人將有機會在英國定居(也稱為「無限期居留許可」),也可以在取得 ILR 身份的 12 個月後選擇入籍英國國籍。

申請資格 

BN(O) 簽證申請人需要顯示:

– 他們擁有 BN(O) 身份(但不需要有效的 BN(O) 護照 – 過期護照便足夠)

– 他們常居香港;和

– 他們經濟上能應付在英國居住及生活至少 6 個月。

申請程序是電子化的,而成功的申請人將獲得「網上電子簽證」。申請該簽證將涉及一項費用,而相關費用將在適當時候公佈。

在取得香港 BN(O) 簽證前進入英國

雖然香港 BN(O) 簽證申請將從 2021 年 1 月全面開始,但英國政府了解許多 BN(O) 公民可能希望提早前往英國。此等個人有機會在英國邊境申請許可,透過正常規例外的一般申請類別酌情入境。  若申請人符合以上資格,邊境部隊軍官將有權酌情考慮授予 BN(O) 公民以及任何隨行家屬為期 6 個月的特定許可。

在英國的 BN(O) 公民

目前可能有一些 BN(O) 公民正處身英國,並希望申請香港 BN(O) 簽證。從 2021 年 1 月開始,利用其他移民類別入境並身處英國的 BN(O) 公民將能夠在英國境內將簽證轉換為香港 BN(O) 簽證。

你現在可作出甚麼準備?

英國政府尚未就相關簽證費用或電子申請程序發佈任何資訊。然而,英國境內外的 BN(O) 公民現應確保自己擁有有效或過期的 BN(O) 護照以考慮其簽證資格。我們建議他們除了收集證明自身有能力在英國生活的文件外,還應開始收集其常居香港的證據。

我們能提供甚麼協助?

在 Newfields,我們可為個別人士提供文件清單,並檢查您所收集的證明以評估其是否符合 BN(O) 簽證要求。

若對此簽證申請途徑感興趣,請與我們聯絡,一旦英國政府公布了與電子應用程式相關的更多資訊,我們將與您聯絡。我們將為您完成該申請,並在對申請有疑問時與內政部聯絡。在接下來的幾年,我們將與您保持聯絡以引導您取得無限期居留許可和英國公民身份,如有任何相關規定有所變更而影響你的移民身份,我們將會通知你。我們的支援將延伸至受供養家庭成員,並會透過我們的可靠網絡為您推介英國的受監管律師。從轉讓、繼任計劃到商業與公司事務,他們可以就其他法律領域提供建議。

 

Newfields 是一家由專業律師組成的優質律師事務所,提供實用且價格相宜的移民解決方案。      如欲查詢更多有關本

律師行之資訊請瀏覽 :- http://newsfields.com

 

顧問律師 王倩旎

jennie@newfieldslaw.com

+ 852 9821 0568 (HK);

+ 44 7896910897 (UK)

 

合夥人 葛霖磊 (Glyn Lloyd)

glyn@newfieldslaw.com

+ 447792402489 (UK)

 

Testimonials

Rugby Football League

“The RFL have worked with Newfields on a wide range of immigration issues and have found that they have an excellent understanding of many immigration matters. Glyn is always available for both the governing body and the clubs to answer the most straightforward or complex query; his attitude and work ethic are outstanding.”

Francois Louw

English Premiership Rugby Union player

“Outstanding and efficient service for my family and I”

Admiral Insurance

“With Admiral Insurance being a global brand with offices all over the world we have a lot of visa and immigration queries. We have used Newfields for a number of years now and I have found every interaction with them to be a very positive and helpful experience. The customer service they provide is second to none and I know I can always count on their fantastic service and advice.”

Jamie Roberts

International and professional rugby player

“Perhaps one of the most stressful things about moving abroad is all the admin around the visa application procedure. I was very fortunate that before and during my time in South Africa I had Glyn on hand to help with my application. He was extremely helpful and very professional, which certainly helped alleviate quite a lot of my stress! I would definitely recommend Glyn to anyone looking for assistance with their Visa application Abroad.”

Tania Hoffman

Head Coach, Celtic Dragons

“Glyn and Newfields make the visa process seamless each season; from the moment we inform them of the signing of our import players to the day they arrive in the UK. Glyn has always given sound advice and I would recommend Newfields Law wholeheartedly”

Jo Trip

Netballer, Saracens Mavericks

“I have used Newfields for numerous visa applications, and I am so grateful to Glyn and his team for their commitment and hard work to make sure each application was seamless. Glyn personally went above and beyond; efficiently communicating what was required, and taking the time to walk me through the process, making sure I understood each step. He made a very overwhelming application process a lot easier and a lot less stress!”

Hadleigh Parkes

Welsh International Rugby Union player

“Newfields provided a seamless service – from preparing all the paperwork and personally attending the Home Office with me, through to returning all of my documents in person. Very approachable, reassuring and quick to answer queries – a great service for international athletes.”

Ayaka Suzuki

Professional and international rugby player

“Newfields has supported me in the challenge of playing rugby in England. Despite facing difficulties due to the pandemic, Glyn has handled the matter promptly and professionally. With that great support, I am looking forward to a great start in the UK”

Bryan Habana

Rugby Union player

“The efficiency, professionalism and swiftness with which Glyn handled the situation I presented him with (at very short notice) was absolutely outstanding. I will definitely be using his services in future.”

Eddie Jones

Coach

“Newfields did an exceptional job in helping us with our immigration requirements - very professional and personal with a minimum of fuss. I recommend their practice very highly”

Brad Barritt

English Premiership and England National Rugby Union player

“Glyn provided a fantastic service to my family and I, they were professional, extremely helpful and very efficient, and were always on hand for friendly advice.”

Gareth Anscombe

Welsh National Rugby Union player

“With the help of Glyn, our visa applications that at first were a challenging and daunting prospect, were made straightforward and were done in a very efficient manner. I would definitely use Glyn and his team's services again.”

Federico Fernández

Premier League football player

“Glyn was always available when needed and made our applications, which were time sensitive and very daunting at first, less stressful and more straightforward. Highly recommended.”

Eloise Sohier

Presenter

“My experience with Newfields and Glyn was second to none! All of our correspondence was via email in which Glyn would reply within hours if I had any questions or concerns. I was very impressed with Glyn and would have no hesitation in using his services again.”

John Mitchell

Coach

“We have had nothing short of exceptional service from Glyn and his team at Newfields. Their attention to detail for our visas was beyond anything that we had anticipated with every step of the process being made as simple as possible for us - even to the point where Glyn went out of his way after hours to meet me to receive my BRP. We couldn't have asked for a better service and have recommended Glyn to numerous other South Africans engaging in the visa process”

Sean Maitland

International and professional rugby player

“Very professional and makes life a lot easier, amazing to work with”

Rugby Football Union

“Glyn has been instrumental in advising the England Rugby Football Union as well as many clubs on a wide range of immigration matters, and is always on hand to steer us in the right direction. He and his colleagues always respond promptly, efficiently and often with very little notice, which is essential in the fast moving environment within which we work.”

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