The UK’s offer of visa and settlement routes for residents of Hong Kong Contents



1 The introduction of the national security law in Hong Kong, and its consequences

Introduction of the new national security law

Use of the law

The international response

The UK’s response and introduction of a new visa route

Our inquiry

2 The introduction of the new visa route

BN(O) status and eligibility for the new visa route

Leave outside the rules

The new visa route

3 People who are at risk of missing out

The situation for 18–24 year olds

Young people’s routes to the UK


The Youth Mobility Scheme

Improving the offer to young people

Other affected groups

People with politically motivated criminal convictions

Security concerns

People who were minors when the BN(O) registration scheme closed

Partners of BN(O) status holder sponsors and BN(O) Household Member sponsors

4 Barriers to application


Tuition fees


Awareness of the scheme

5 Settlement in the UK

Eligibility for the Hong Kong BN(O) visa and estimates of the numbers expected to arrive in the UK

Preparations in the UK

Resettlement assistance and civil society support

Suggestions for improving the support available to arrivals in the UK

Support from the Government


Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

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