Immigration Law Blog

1 February 2021

Frequently Asked Questions on the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) visa

The Hong Kong British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) visa has officially opened for applications on 31 January 2021. Given the circumstances surrounding the introduction of the BN(O) visa, it is quite understandable that applicants may still have questions about this visa route and personal considerations on applying. 

In this blog we answer some of your most frequently asked questions about the BN(O) visa to help you consider whether this is the right UK visa path for you and your family. Our earlier blog also details the key highlights of the visa.

 

Katie Newbury

27 January 2021

The end of free movement: what SMEs need to know

EU free movement rules ended for the UK on December 31 2020. As a result, recruiting an EU citizen who is not already living in the UK now involves a visa application.

Kim Vowden

22 January 2021

The EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement – does it make any difference to UK and EU immigration?

Citizens’ Rights were one of the first and most important components to be negotiated and protected in the November 2019 Withdrawal Agreement.  However, whilst the rights of British citizens resident in the EU and EU citizens resident in the UK before 11pm on 31 December 2020 are protected, free movement of people ended on that date.

Ilda de Sousa

21 January 2021

What now for performers in the UK and EU?

As covered in our previous blog, the end of free movement will affect the ability of entertainers from the EU to work in the UK. But recent press has also surrounded the ability, or lack of it, of touring British citizen performers to work in the EU.

Robert Houchill

20 January 2021

Criminality - in the eyes of immigration officials, a stain that can never be washed

The UK’s Immigration Rules include general grounds for refusal which most immigration applications must not fall foul of – the general grounds are divided between mandatory and discretionary grounds, under which applications must or may be refused respectively. The general grounds now also apply to most EEA nationals wishing to enter the UK.

 

Robert Houchill

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