Beijing blows up the UK as the application process begins families are torn between moving in or leaving a parent to earn money

 Beijing blasts Britain as application process begins; families torn between moving together or leaving one parent behind to make money

Beijing blows up the UK as the application process begins families are torn between moving in or leaving a parent to earn money


Beijing criticized London when the application window for a new UK national (overseas) visa program opened on Sunday, accusing the country of breaking past promises by offering Hong Kong residents a path to possible citizenship.

In a statement posted on its website around 5:30 pm, 30 minutes after the opening of the applications, the Office of Hong Kong and Macau Affairs at the cabinet level issued a "strong condemnation of the UK move, accusing London of transforming some of its residents Hong Kong in its second. estate citizens .
“This is an open insult to China's sovereignty. We are categorically against this, the message says.
For the online application process on the British Government website, Hong Congers are asked to provide various details such as their contact numbers and email addresses, and to provide proof of registration.

Because of this scheme, some Hong Kong families have had to weigh whether one parent moves to the UK with their children, while the other stays in the city to earn money.
Some have said they prefer the whole family to move together so that no one is left behind, despite concerns about job prospects in the UK.

Around 5.4 million Hong Kong B (O) and their dependents can use the UK government's website to make an appointment at its North Point Visa Application Center and get the necessary fingerprints.
A visit to the center is necessary because the UK government is still developing a smartphone app that, when launched on 23 February, will allow the entire app to be made online.
Although children under 18 must apply with both parents, one of them is allowed to stay in Hong Kong for work.

Some parents said they value flexibility but fear that it may be difficult for them to find work in the UK, where the unemployment rate is 4.9 percent and is expected to rise to 7.5 percent by mid-year, according to the official forecast. 
If I first move to the UK with my daughter, I’m worried that I will not be able to get used to not being around my husband, said the 38-year-old mother of one of them. The political status quo in Hong Kong is bad. But a complete family is important for my daughter's childhood.