BNO留英擴至五年

Dominic Raab lays out the Government's BNO commitments

WATCH: Dominic Raab lays out the Government's BNO Commitments."For our part, Mr Speaker, the Prime Minister and the government are crystal clear: the United Kingdom will keep its word.We will live up to our responsibilities to the people of Hong Kong. After further detailed discussions with my RHF the Home Secretary, I can confirm that we will now proceed to honour our commitment to change the arrangements for those holding BNO status.I can update Honourable Members that we have worked with Ministers across Whitehall and we have now developed proposals for a bespoke immigration route for BNOs and their dependants. We will grant BNOs five years limited leave to remain, with the right to work or study. After these five years, they will be able to apply for settled status. And after further 12 months with settled status, they will be able to apply for citizenship.This is a special, bespoke, set of arrangements developed for the unique circumstances we face.All those with BNO status will be eligible, as will their family dependants who are usually resident in Hong Kong. The Home Office will put in place a simple, streamlined, application process, and there will be no quota on numbers."

Posted by Hong Kong Watch on Wednesday, 1 July 2020

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自從2017年成立以來,香港監察一直致力於BNO平權,現在有新進展,似乎與香港監察近日的「救生艇計劃」有關。隨著中国強推《港版國安法》,英國政府表明一旦《港版國安法》實施,將加大英國國民(海外)護照(BNO)人士的簽證權利,隨着法案6月30日在香港生效及實施,英國首相莊漢生(Boris Johnson)7月1日在國會發言時正式表示,將會向BNO持有人提供申請成為公民的途徑。

五年後定居 無名額限制

英國外相藍韜文(Dominic Raab)隨後講述計劃,英方將向BNO持有人提供5年的有限居留許可(limited leave to remain),可以工作或讀書,5年後他們可以申請定居身份(settled status),然後再在額外12個月後能夠申請成為公民,不設名額限制。英國外交部之後的聲明稿提到,有關計劃會在未來數個月實施。

可讀書工作 後申請入籍

英國首相莊漢生7月1日在國會回答議員提問時表示,《港版國安法》明顯地嚴重違反《中英聯合聲明》,損害香港高度自治,與香港基本法有直接衝突。

莊漢生稱,之前已清楚表示一旦中方實施《港版國安法》,英方將向BNO持有人提供新途徑,讓他們享有「有限居留許可」,能夠在英國居住及工作,從而可以在之後申請成為英國公民,他稱「這正是我們現在會做的事」。

家屬都包 免除半年限制

藍韜文同日表示,英方會兌現對BNO持有人的承諾。

根據英方的新計劃,會讓BNO持有人免除只能逗留6個月的限制,而是獲准5年的有限居留許可,期間可以在英國居住與工作,在5年後,他們可以申請定居身份,繼而再在額外12個月之後,申請成為英國公民。藍韜文稱,BNO持有人與他們在港的家屬(dependents)也會是新政策的合資格者。

香港監察計劃橫跨歐美

香港監察的救生艇計劃橫跨英、美、加、歐盟,該組織繼續與英國政府和內政部緊密合作,以確保BNO新簽證政策得以實施,並擴大BNO的權利直至最終得以平權。

香港監察救生艇計劃連結:
https://www.hongkongwatch.org/all-posts/2020/6/29/hong-kong-watch-and-lord-david-alton-call-for-support-for-an-international-life-boat-campaign
贊助香港監察:
https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/hongkongwatch2020?fbclid=IwAR3hH-FQ1vLqrLh0maJ7ChT-5Odl4QjXlYsEIkvwbO6BJ01bpaKBx8akj8M

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