New Delhi: The UK is implementing a new visa scheme for Hong Kongers. This will open the way for millions of people to obtain British citizenship. The scheme is in force from Sunday i.e. today. From today, people with a British national (foreign) passport and their dependents can apply online for a visa to stay and work in the United Kingdom. After five years they will be able to apply for British citizenship.
Hong Kong agreed to maintain autonomy for 50 years
Britain’s immigration plan is a reaction to last year’s national security law enacted in Hong Kong, China, to suppress protests and suppress pro-democracy supporters. Britain has accused China of breaking Hong Kong’s 1997 handover promise. In it, Hong Kong spoke of maintaining 50 years of autonomy. Britain argued that it was its moral duty to protect its citizens.
“We have a deep connection to history and friendship with the people of Hong Kong and we stand together for their independence and autonomy,” UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson said of the plan this week.