Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986:
The order created a new nationality status – British Nationality (Overseas) or BNO. British Dependent Territory Citizens or BDTC’s who derived their status through a connection with Hong Kong lost that status on 1st July 1997, but were entitled to retain British Nationality from that date provided they held, or were included in a British passport issued between 30th June 1987 and 1st July 1997 in which they were described as a British National Overseas.
BNO’s hold their status for life and are unable to pass it on to future generations.
Provisions for BNO’s to acquire British Citizen status:
Under the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1997, there are provisions for people to make an application to register as a British Citizen. These persons are primarily of Nepalese, Indian and Pakistan origin who were solely British Nationals, British National Overseas, British Overseas Citizen, British Protected Person, British Subject and British Dependant Territory Citizen by virtue of their connection to Hong Kong.
Under the British Nationality Act 1981 there is possibly also entitlement to register as a British Citizen If you do not hold any other citizenship or Nationality.
Want to find out more?
If you would like to check your status to see if you are entitled to obtain British Citizenship, please call us and we will be happy to arrange a nationality consultation with one of our UK Government Nationality law trained advisers.
If you would like to renew your current, expired or Lost/Stolen BNO passport, please also feel free to contact us to make an appointment.