Ahead of Hong Kong's return to Chinese rule in 1997, Britain granted the city’s residents born before the handover British National (Overseas) passports that allowed them to stay in the country for up to six months. In July 2020, the British government offered Hongkongers with BN(O) status and their dependants a pathway to citizenship, in response to Beijing's imposition of the national security law. From January 31, 2021, they can apply for a visa to work or live in Britain for five years, before they are eligible to apply for citizenship.
Anti-China MPs in Britain have claimed human rights violations by banks such as HSBC for making MPF withdrawals difficult while their own government has seized US$2 billion worth of gold from the people of Venezuela.
As Britain spirals down to the status of a third-world country through sheer government incompetence and economic mismanagement, Hong Kong can expect a huge wave of returnees sooner rather than later.
Travellers on social media described queues of several hours at airports including Heathrow and Gatwick as those arriving need to have their passports checked by hand rather than the automated machines.
Hong Kong emigrants to the UK are relishing the current downturn in the UK’s housing market as it presents another real estate investment opportunity.
Other places in crisis are offering ‘baby bonuses’, generous parental leave, allowances for children.
Main programme for BN(O) passport holders covers dependents but only if they applied at the same time as parents.
Home ownership by Hongkongers increased by nearly 12 per cent year on year as of January in the two jurisdictions, where buyers from Hong Kong own more homes than any other foreign group.
Consul General Brian Davidson stresses London’s ‘absolute commitment’ to policy but admits he cannot make any pledges that extend beyond coming poll.
The Hong Kong Market, a pop-up in Glasgow, brought a little of the Lion Rock spirit to the Scottish city by way of 25 stalls selling everything from Chinese street food to massages and haircuts.
By the end of 2024, ETAs will be required for all foreign travellers who are eligible to visit visa-free for short stays, including from Europe.
Portugal’s decision to end residency scheme fuelled by domestic discontent over massive increase in house prices.
More than 10,100 Hongkongers applied for the pathway to British citizenship in the fourth quarter of last year.
City’s record low 32,500 births marks sixth consecutive year of decline, which Professor Paul Yip from HKU suggests will not be reversed any time soon.
The number of Hong Kong applicants for British universities fell 5.5 per cent year on year to 5,680 for 2023 entry.
Fion Ho, who killed herself months after moving to London, worried about her income and did not feel comfortable in her shared flat, brother tells inquest.
Hongkongers used to buy UK property mainly for investment, but now they want family homes to live in.
Beijing’s foreign affairs office in Hong Kong tells London to stop interfering in city’s internal affairs by claiming it has a ‘so-called historical responsibility’.
‘Extensive efforts’ to lure young Hongkongers pay off as Canada issues over 17,000 open work permits.
Eight prominent subsidised schools reviewed by the Post saw record-high exit rates over the past three academic years.
Chief Executive John Lee says the 42 have secured at least 15 nominations from electoral college before deadline on November 30.
Nearly 8,100 Hongkongers issued study permits for higher education in Canada from January to September this year.
City faces competition as other countries in Asia try to attract start-ups, says executive director of the Alibaba Entrepreneurs Fund.
Britain receives lowest number of BN(O) applications from July to September since scheme opened.
Nearly third of 142,000 Hongkongers who have applied to scheme that leads to UK citizenship are under 18, while those aged 25 to 54 make up majority.
China and Hong Kong accounted for the biggest share of an increase in non-EU students entering UK universities this year, amid a weak pound that gives their families a buying-power boost.
Immigrants stunned by UK’s political chaos, but some find it inspiring to see ‘democracy in action’.
Chief executive, addressing critics a day after maiden policy address, says ‘everyone has a different story’ to leave.