Guidance and advice for councils

Hong Kong British Nationals (Overseas) welcome programme – information for local authorities

The government has produced information for local councils and others who are working with BN(O) status holders arriving from Hong Kong.


ESOL and destitution support

Local authorities can claim back up to £850 per Hong Kong BN(O) learner for ESOL courses. There is also funding of up to £2,720 per household for destitution support. Guidance has been circulated to local authorities but if you require any further information email nemp@middlesbrough.gov.uk.   

Gov UK has produced updated guidance (15 March 2024) on access to public funds within family, private life and Hong Kong BN(O) routes. Find out more about the UK government’s advice on the application for change of conditions of leave to allow access to public funds.


How to remove an NRPF condition


Hongkongers in Britain – cultural booklet

Hongkongers in Britain has developed a cultural booklet which includes demographic information of Hongkongers in the UK, as well as stories and lived experience of Hongkongers in the UK. The booklet is a useful tool for local communities to get to know the newly arrived Hong Kong community.