In Parliament, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said:
“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.
I want to pay tribute to the Home Secretary and her excellent team at the Home Office for their work in preparation for a moment we all dearly hoped would not arrive. And the Home Secretary will set out further details on our approach in due course.”
Details to follow.