If you are from Hong Kong and a British National (Overseas) you and your family members can apply for a British National (overseas) visa (BNO visa). It allows you to live, work and study in the UK.

You are able to apply to enter or stay in the UK for a period of 30 months (which you can extend by a further 30 months) or a period of 5 years. You are able to apply from outside or inside the UK.

You are able to apply for settlement after 5 years if you meet the requirements, and British Citizenship 12 months after settlement.

You can find more information about applying for the visa on the Government webpages. The Government has also produced an online Welcome Pack for all BN (O) status holders with information, translated into Cantonese, on how to access services and understand life in the UK.

Online Event - Finding private rented housing in the North West

Date: 13th December 2021

Time: 12:00-13:30

Where: Online (Microsoft Teams)

Cost: Free

More info/Book a place: https://northwestrsmp.org.uk/events/hong-kong-bno/finding-private-rented-housing-in-the-north-west/

This information session will discuss everything you need to know about finding private rented housing in the North West.

The session will include information on:

  • Finding and viewing a property;
  • Applying for the tenancy;
  • Right to rent checks;
  • Deposits and tenancy agreements.

If you have any specific questions that you would like us to answer on the day, please email them to RSMP@manchester.gov.uk before 5pm on Thursday 9th December.

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Welcome to Warrington

We have put together some resources that may be useful to you as a new arrival from Hong Kong relocating to Warrington. Please check carefully to make sure these are relevant to you and what you need and please seek further help and advice if you are not sure.

Employment – Rights at work
Education and Learning
English Language classes for speakers of other languages
Housing
  • Housing advice
  • Email us to find out what support can be provided to BN(O) status holders and any dependants who are destitute or at risk of destitution.

In addition, the Government has announced that it is going to provide funding for local authorities and regional Strategic Migration Partnerships to support new arrivals. The North West Regional Strategic Migration Partnerships (NWRSMP) is funded by the Home Office, and hosted by Manchester City Council. They are local authority led, but work with organisations across the statutory, voluntary, community and private sectors to help the region to deal with, and benefit from, migration. More information about the NWRSMP is available on their website.