Helping hand for the stricken

Local | 16 Apr 2021

There's good news for BNO visa immigrants - should you find yourself in dire straights for whatever reason, the British government will help you out. The Home Office has lifted a ban on access to public funds for Hongkongers settling in Britain who might be at risk of falling into poverty.

Under the new rules, British National (Overseas) visa holders who are at "imminent risk of destitution" will now be able to apply for public funds, albeit on a case-by-case basis. But there are a few hurdles you will have to clear before you can get your hands on any of that money.

Be ready to provide the department with evidence of your financial status, or prove that you have a child and a very low income.

"We are working across government and alongside civil society groups and others to support the integration of those thousands of people who will be taking up that route and arriving here," said Minister of State for Asia Nigel Adams during a debate in the House of Commons.

"We encourage and look forward to welcoming applications from those who wish to make the United Kingdom their home."

 



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