Hong Kong and the BNO Visa: What Happens Next?
As financially secure Hong Kongers adjust to life in the U.K., would-be BNOs with fewer savings will face tricky decisions. It is not clear how many of them will make the move to Britain.
“Hong Kongers who will use the BNO visa in the next four years include those who are facing immediate threats, self-employed, who have similar income levels after moving to the U.K. and those who may retire soon,” said Margaret Szeto, founder of Hong Kong-based migration consultancy Aura Global Ltd.
The bigger legacy could be international acceptance of Hong Kong migration. If the U.S., Canada, and Australia follow Britain’s lead — which would require a sizeable widening of current plans — Szeto believes that fewer than 200,000 Hong Kongers will move to the U.K., well below the official estimate of more than 300,000.