Dear mission partners,
On 31 January, the UK government began to offer a special visa for people from Hong Kong with British National (Overseas) BNO status, allowing them and their immediate family members to live and work in the UK. They will be able to apply for permanent settlement status after five years of UK residence. Over the past few months, we have already seen many Hong Kong families arrive in the UK and settle in London, Birmingham, Manchester, as well as other cities. These families all left their familiar hometown to come to a foreign land and will have to adapt to a new environment. They must be anxious about many things in their lives now as they try to find suitable accommodations, find schools for their children, register with NHS, open bank account, buy food and essential supplies. The Covid-19 pandemic makes everything that much harder.