British National (Overseas) Visa

British National (Overseas) Visa

What is a British National (Overseas) Visa?

A British National (Overseas) Visa, known as a BNO visa, allows British nationals (overseas) from Hong Kong to live, work and study in the UK with their family members. If you are a British National (Overseas) passport holder and your permanent home is either in Hong Kong or in the UK or Crown Dependencies, you are eligible to apply for this visa. You can apply for this category from either outside or inside the UK.

Key points
  • route for those British Nationals (Overseas) who wish to live, work and study in the UK with their family
  • maintenance requirements apply
  • application fee and immigration health surcharge is payable
  • can bring family – Please note that there is a restricted time frame for your family to apply with you. Please contact us for the details.
  • initial period of 2 years and 6 months or 5 years granted
  • unlimited extension and settlement is possible

How long can you stay?

For the initial application, you will get permission to stay in the UK for either 2 years and 6 months or for 5 years.

You will be able to extend your visa if you want to stay longer and there is no limit number of extensions you can apply under this route.

What are the eligibility requirements for a British National (Overseas) Visa?

  • you are a British national (overseas)
  • you need to be 18 or over
  • your permanent home must be in either
  1. in Hong Kong, if you apply from outside the UK
  2. in the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man or Hong Kong, if you apply in the UK


To give your case the best chance of success, get in touch

To give your visa the best chance of success, and to reduce your stress, please contact our immigration experts.

If you wish to speak directly with one of our immigration specialists to get advice about business and personal immigration, or education in the UK and other visa issues, then please contact our Glasgow Head Office on Phone T:+44 (0)141 212 3355 or request a call back by completing the Online Form. You can also email us at More information can be found from Contact Us.

* Disclaimer: The above information is for general reference only. Specialist legal advice should be sought.

Latest update: July 2021