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British Nationality could be obtained through your birth, or through the birth of any one of your parents or grandparents, in Hong Kong. This arises because of Britain's relationship with Hong Kong and Britain's Colonial history.

To determine what form of British Nationality you might have, an analysis of your family's history must be done, and then applying it to the Nationality laws of Hong Kong that have been passed over the years.


Hong Kong was part of the UK and Colonies from 01.01.1949 up until 01.01.1983.

It was then a British Dependent Territory up until 01.07.1997 at which point it China took over control. Click here for more information on the status of a  British Overseas Dependent Territory.

Click here for more information on the status of Citizen of the United Kingdom & Colonies (CUKC), a status achieved by birth in the Colony.


From 26.06.1858 until 19.05.1943, the Crown exercised extra-territorial jurisdiction. From this date, it became a foreign country.

Hong Kong citizens aged between 18-30 qualify for a Working Holiday Visa for AustraliaCanada, GermanyIrelandJapanNew Zealand and South Korea.