Foreign Secretary Statement on National Security Legislation in Hong Kong

I can update Honourable Members that we have worked with Ministers across Whitehall and we have now developed proposals for a bespoke immigration route for BN(O)s and their dependants.

We will grant BN(O)s five years limited leave to remain, with the right to work or study.

After these five years, they will be able to apply for settled status.

And after further 12 months with settled status, they will be able to apply for citizenship.

This is a special, bespoke, set of arrangements developed for the unique circumstances we face and in light of our historic commitment to the people of Hong Kong.

All those with BN(O) status will be eligible, as will their family dependants who are usually resident in Hong Kong. The Home Office will put in place a simple, streamlined, application process, and I can reassure Honourable Members that there will be no quotas on numbers.

Dominic Raab (UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs)

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