Cyrus Chan

London

SCMP contributor

Cyrus Chan has been a journalist since 2009. He has worked at Sing Tao Daily, Ming Pao, nowTV News and Deutsche Welle, and has covered social affairs, human rights and politics in Hong Kong and mainland China. He has won the Consumer Rights Reporting Awards, and the Human Rights Press Awards.

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Britain unveils HK$460 million package to support Hong Kong families arriving in country under BN(O) scheme

Under the new integration programme, Hongkongers will receive help with housing, education and employment and 12 ‘virtual’ welcome hubs will be set up across the country.

Under the new integration programme, Hongkongers will receive help with housing, education and employment and 12 ‘virtual’ welcome hubs will be set up across the country.

Britain unveils HK$460 million package to support Hong Kong families arriving in country under BN(O) scheme
9 Apr 2021 - 2:44AM
Britain receives 27,000 applications from Hongkongers looking to leave, and analysts say tens of thousands more could follow this year

Special visa scheme was launched at the end of January, and British government has already received 27,000 applications.

Special visa scheme was launched at the end of January, and British government has already received 27,000 applications.

Britain receives 27,000 applications from Hongkongers looking to leave, and analysts say tens of thousands more could follow this year
8 Apr 2021 - 7:19AM
National security law: tears, fears, but a new life? Hong Kong early birds who have taken BN(O) path to Britain

Some among thousands who have already left say they are not put off by talk of Beijing ‘retaliation’.

Some among thousands who have already left say they are not put off by talk of Beijing ‘retaliation’.

National security law: tears, fears, but a new life? Hong Kong early birds who have taken BN(O) path to Britain
27 Jan 2021 - 6:03PM
BN(O) passport holders flee Hong Kong for new life in the UK, fearing Beijing’s tightening control

Following Britain’s announcement of a new visa scheme for Hong Kong British National (Overseas) passport holders and their dependents, the number of BN(O) passport holders shot up 300 per cent in six months, from 167,000 in July to 733,000 by the end of 2020. London introduced the new scheme in July 2020, calling it a pathway to citizenship in the UK, with applications set to open on January 31, 2021. 
An estimated 5.4 million people in Hong Kong will be eligible to apply for the BN(O) visas that allow them to live and work in Britain and eventually become a citizen in six years.
The South China Morning Post spoke with Hongkonger Aby Wong, who recently moved to the UK on “Leave Outside the Rules” status. She made the move after months of citywide anti-government protests in 2019 and Beijing's subsequent imposition of a national security law on the city.
 

Following Britain’s announcement of a new visa scheme for Hong Kong British National (Overseas) passport holders and their dependents, the number of BN(O) passport holders shot up 300 per cent in six months, from 167,000 in July to 733,000 by the end of 2020. London introduced the new scheme in July 2020, calling it a pathway to citizenship in the UK, with applications set to open on January 31, 2021. 
An estimated 5.4 million people in Hong Kong will be eligible to apply for the BN(O) visas that allow them to live and work in Britain and eventually become a citizen in six years.
The South China Morning Post spoke with Hongkonger Aby Wong, who recently moved to the UK on “Leave Outside the Rules” status. She made the move after months of citywide anti-government protests in 2019 and Beijing's subsequent imposition of a national security law on the city.
 

BN(O) passport holders flee Hong Kong for new life in the UK, fearing Beijing’s tightening control
26 Jan 2021 - 9:01AM