London To Launch A British Citizenship Program For Hong Kong Residents In 2021
From January 2021, the British government will launch a program to accept immigrants from Hong Kong, who, after a certain period of living and working in the Kingdom, will be able to obtain its full citizenship. British Interior Minister Priti Patel presented details of the plan.
Hong Kong residents who hold a British overseas passport (the status of a citizen of the British overseas territories), as well as their next of kin, will be able to come to the United Kingdom on a new special visa to live, work or study.
Their current status and so gave them the right of visa-free entry to Britain for up to six months. With the new visa, they will be able to get permission for two periods of stay in the country for a total of 30 months or one five-year period. As a result, they will be able to claim British citizenship.
The same right will be granted to those who were born in Hong Kong after 1997 and have at least one parent who is a citizen of the UK's overseas territories.
By introducing these measures, the UK is fulfilling its promise to Hong Kong residents to support their right to freedom, the Minister said.
The program was launched after China passed a new national security law on Goknong, significantly limiting the region's autonomy. In May, a representative of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that all holders of British overseas passports living in Hong Kong are Chinese citizens, and granting them a different status by London would be a violation of international law, BBC News reminds.
Last week, London suspended an extradition agreement with Hong Kong and extended an arms embargo on Hong Kong that was imposed after the events of 1989 in Tiananmen square.