The Home Office has published a Statement of Changes to the U.K. Immigration Rules, expanding its visa-free entry program and amending the Hong Kong British National (Overseas) route.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals of Colombia, Guyana and Peru can now enter the United Kingdom as visitors for tourism and business purposes without needing a visa before departure.
  • Children of British National (Overseas) status holders can now apply independently for the British National (Overseas) route if they:
    • Have at least one British National (Overseas) parent.
    • Are at least 18 or older.
    • Were born on or after July 1, 1997.
    • Live in Hong Kong, the United Kingdom or certain British territories.

Additional Information: More information regarding updates to the U.K.’s immigration rules, including changes to the Ukraine Extension Scheme, the Seasonal Worker route and the Global Business Mobility routes, is available here.

BAL Analysis: BAL will continue to follow changes to the U.K. Immigration Rules routes and will provide more information as it becomes available.

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