The UK government has released today its eagerly anticipated details regarding the new UK visa category for Hong Kong residents who are British National (Overseas) citizens. It will be available from January 2021.
There are no skills tests, minimum income or English language requirements imposed for initial applications of the new visa. However, applicants will need to demonstrate they can accommodate and financially support themselves and their dependants in the UK for at least 6 months among other requirements.
As expected, dependants include spouses and minor children. However, interestingly, there appears to be a possibility for adult children who are non-BN(O) citizens but still dependent on a BN(O) citizen to be granted a dependant visa on a discretionary basis. How this will apply in practice remains to be seen, but it signifies the UK's willingness to open doors to those in Hong Kong wishing to relocate here.
You’ll also need to show evidence of any non-BN(O) dependants’ family links to you. A dependant is any of the following: spouse or civil partner unmarried partner child (under the age of 18 when they first applied) other family members where they can show there is a high level of dependency