On 13 August 2019, the protests in Hong Kong disrupted Hong Kong International Airport for a second day, despite the attempts made to begin resuming departures briefly after the disturbance the day before.
The protests initially started as a peaceful demonstration against a bill introduced in April that would allow people accused of crimes against Mainland China to be extradited. Over the past few weeks, the protest had grown increasingly more violent, leading many to fear that it will become the biggest conflict between Mainland China and Hong Kong since it ceased to be a British crown colony in 1997.
Although Hong Kong’s leader Carrie Lam confirmed in July that the much-debated bill would be suspended, many think that this was only a tactic for calming the situation before making the bill law.
We have received many enquiries from Hong Kong regarding immigrating to the UK following recent events there. Throughout the 1990s, and prior to the handover in 1997, Gherson as a firm had been active in assisting Hong Kong residents obtain British nationality as British Overseas Nationals, and has extensive experience and expertise in the specialised area of UK nationality and immigration law. Our colleagues are planning a business trip to Hong Kong and Mainland China in September 2019 to meet with potential collaborating partners and clients. Should you have any immigration related queries or would like to meet our colleagues during their upcoming visit, please do not hesitate to contact us.
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