British National

No passport, no money and no way to get home

Penniless German citizen Ewald Widiner has to have one of the most bizarre applications for refugee status the city has seen.

Sunday, 11 March, 2012, 12:00am

Battle lines

A dichotomy seems to have emerged over the past months - played out in the media, in speeches by politicians and public stakeholders, and reinforced in a broad spectrum of discussions about public policy. It drew on current local events, yet its subtext has remained the same: the distinction between 'locals' and 'foreigners'.

26 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Britons may be fined, held under new passport rules

Britons and other foreign nationals living on the mainland are legally required to keep their passports with them. But under new British rules, citizens needing to renew their travel documents must send them to the regional passport processing centre in Hong Kong.

22 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Local jobs to go as Britain closes passport operation

Up to 24 staff working at the British consulate in Hong Kong will be made redundant when all passport operations move back to Britain in a revamp of how passports are handled.

They are among 166 people working in the seven regional passport processing centres around the world, who are likely to lose their jobs when the centres close.

7 Dec 2011 - 12:00am

Top draw

A city of Hong Kong's size, over- populated and under-resourced, badly needs an intelligent population and an intelligent immigration policy. Yet, no jurisdiction has a more passive approach to its population control through immigration.

1 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Hongkongers abroad set to claim handout

For Vivienne Huang, a permanent resident who has lived most of her life in Taiwan and no longer has a Hong Kong bank account, spending a few thousand dollars on an air ticket and accommodation to get the HK$6,000 cash handout promised by the Hong Kong government will still be a good deal.

18 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

France may join exchange scheme

13 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Public Eye

Time to fight for political reform

13 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Get the best of British education

Britain has long been a popular destination for HKCEE graduates to continue their education. Most of these students go on to study at universities in Britain and all students, regardless of academic ability, are well-catered for. Katherine Forestier, director of education, science and society at the British Council Hong Kong, gives the details on studying in Britain.

5 Aug 2009 - 12:00am

Lords back citizenship for BN(O) holders

Peers in the House of Lords last night endorsed a long-desired change to British immigration law, which would open doors to Britain for thousands of Nepali and South Asian people currently living in Hong Kong.

2 Apr 2009 - 12:00am

A passport for its times, and they are passing

Long gone are the days when people waited in queues that snaked around blocks and fought for places at the front for the right to apply for British National (Overseas) passports. Since peaking in 2001, issuance of BN(O) passports has fallen consistently. This should not surprise anyone; nor should the rising popularity of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passport.

21 Mar 2009 - 12:00am


Britain must resolve issue of stateless people

We refer to the report regarding the amendment to the Borders, Citizenship and Immigration Bill to give BN(O)s an entitlement to register as British citizens ('Britain debates citizenship for BN(O) holders', March 9).

14 Mar 2009 - 12:00am

Danger of going beyond the Basic Law

Last year, which happened to be the 10th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover to China, Chief Executive Donald Tsang Yam-kuen announced in his policy address two new tiers of politically appointed positions. At the beginning of his speech, he said: 'I have prepared this address with full confidence in the future of Hong Kong.'

10 Jun 2008 - 12:00am

Consulate wants clarification as second Briton denied entry

UK envoy seeks talks as fears for freedom of speech grow

A diplomatic row is brewing between the international community and Hong Kong after a second British national was refused entry - the latest of a number of foreigners banned in the run-up to the Olympic relay.

1 May 2008 - 12:00am


HK can learn from Taiwan's election

I refer to the letter by Peter Lok regarding Taiwan's presidential election ('Taiwan model not for HK', April 4).

16 Apr 2008 - 12:00am