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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckster007:

    My friend who got spousal visa to UK with her HKSAR passport was denied MPF withdrawal. this was 3 years ago.
    Was that because they did not have ILR or something like that?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chuckster007:
    BNO passport holders moving to another country cannot take out MPF until they become a permanet resident of the country they moved to. This is the way HK Govt is trying to make it harder for BNO passport holders to leave HK.

    My friend who got spousal visa to UK with her HKSAR passport was denied MPF withdrawal. this was 3 years ago.
    So she needs to wait another 2 years (5 years residency) to get her permanent to then be able to take out her MPF?

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    Quote Originally Posted by periphery831:
    So she needs to wait another 2 years (5 years residency) to get her permanent to then be able to take out her MPF?
    Correct, once she get a full British Passport then she can withdraw it was the reason given as she was deemed not to have residency or ILR @shri .
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    With a spouse visa, you need to show combined income of GBP18,600. There are past posts on this forum of people’s experience with their Spouse Visa, costs and time frame. It seems there’s more paper work and requirements.

    https://geoexpat.com/forum/54/thread348032-28.html


    https://www.gov.uk/uk-family-visa/proof-income

    Whereas on a BNO visa, you need to show you can support yourself.

    To withdraw MPF, you need to make a Statutory Declaration, but not sure if you can satisfy the conditions. Could you say that your husband has applied for U.K. Spouse Visa (not BNO Visa route)

    https://www.mpfa.org.hk/en/mpf-syste...drawal#anchor2


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    Partners/spouses of British citizens do not have automatic rights to British citizenship. As mentioned above to apply for a Settlement Visa for a partner/spouse, it is necessary to go through a fairly lengthy and arduous application process which requires you to meet certain financial criteria. You will also have to move to the UK and live there under the conditions stipulated for the Settlement Visa. If you're well cashed-up this shouldn't be a problem.

    But no, a British citizen's partner/spouse cannot simply get British citizenship whilst in Hong Kong.

    It would be simpler to go the BN(O) route but again, this would mean moving back to the UK now and staying there for 5 years or more until your spouse is able to apply for citizenship.

    Neither of these routes help you if you wish to remain in HK until 2025 and neither will help you overcome the MPF problem until British citizenship has been achieved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by periphery831:
    I'm British by descent and am married to a HK woman (BNO) with two kids. Last year, we got our kids British citizenship while staying in HK (online process)
    I am curious. If you are British by descent (not birth), then I thought you cannot pass on British citizenship to kids? Only British by birth can pass on to kids? ie it can only pass down one generation. Or do I misunderstand the rules?

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    From what I've read/checked, I agree it can only be passed to one generation only...

    Quote Originally Posted by bdw:
    I am curious. If you are British by descent (not birth), then I thought you cannot pass on British citizenship to kids? Only British by birth can pass on to kids? ie it can only pass down one generation. Or do I misunderstand the rules?
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    Quote Originally Posted by bdw:
    I am curious. If you are British by descent (not birth), then I thought you cannot pass on British citizenship to kids? Only British by birth can pass on to kids? ie it can only pass down one generation. Or do I misunderstand the rules?
    https://geoexpat.com/forum/54/thread...ml#post3779144
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    Are you using an immigration lawyer? They may save some time, but why pay someone when you can do yourself? You should also note deadlines for submission of information via Spouse Visa route, as this may add delays.

    This link has some useful information for Spouse Visa route.

    https://www.citizensadvice.org.uk/im...ive-in-the-uk/


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    Buy her some books for Christmas, as she'll need to pass the Life in UK test...

    https://www.officiallifeintheuk.co.uk/shop

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