BNO歐盟免簽耐人尋味續篇

如果有人有機會同時手持兩款英國護照,包括有英國居留權的英國公民護照,以及香港人普遍持有的英國國民(海外)護照,其中一項最大分別,除了封面沒有European Communities,還有正式英國護照,是有齊歐盟眾多國家的翻譯文本,而BN(O)一直只有英文註釋,少量法文註釋,並無歐盟翻譯文本,不符合歐盟護照規格。而維基百科英文,亦有以下解釋:

British nationals who are not European citizens are issued what is known as “lookalike passports”. These are similar to normal British passports, except that they do not have the words “European Union” on the cover, and do not contain any EU-specific information inside, e.g., the words “Passport – United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland” and the information on the photograph page are given only in English and French, rather than all the official languages of the European Union. ((請見維基百科英文英國護照條目))

但生物認證版本的BN(O),我發現是有齊眾多歐洲語文的註釋頁,英國政府如此印刷BN(O),很明顯已經為BN(O)轉為歐盟護照作出部署,因為英國沒必要將British Citizen和BN(O)護照近乎完全統一。(一旦轉歐盟護照時,只要在Observation Page加上European Communities便成事)

不過,迫使英國承認BN(O)的原因,除了政治因素,還是是印尼、印度、尼泊爾這三個國家狂改國籍法造成的變化。

在2004年,印度修改國籍法,以往父母其中一方是印度公民,在香港出生,可以自動成為印度公民,英國國籍沒他們份兒。但2004年後香港出生的印度裔人,如果父母任何一方有BN(O),都不會自動成印度公民,而他們無中國國籍的話,就會變成無國籍人士,結果英國迫著發給他們英國公民身份。

在2006年,騎呢怪事發生在尼泊爾人身上,在香港出生的尼泊爾人,如果並無在21歲前宣布放棄英籍,會喪失尼泊爾籍,就算沒持BN(O)也是一樣,結果他們要急急向英國要求發出公民護照,否則他們真的只能困在香港。 ((資料來源:BritishCitizen.info,一個為香港少數族裔爭取英國公民身份網站))

同樣在2006年7月,印尼修改國籍法,賦予印尼出生華人原住民身份,即是印尼出生華人擁有印尼血統,並擁有印尼公民身份。智力遊戲來了,新國籍法下的印尼公民,在香港英治時期出生子女,並不擁印尼公民權,但同時不具中國國籍(連中國血統都不是,人大釋法不適用),這批BN(O)人現時怎搞,天曉得。 ((亞洲週刊對印尼華人國籍問題的報導,2007年1月12日))

當印尼、印度、尼泊爾老是改國籍法時,如果還讓BN(O)沒有正式英國公民身份,英國內政部對各類騎呢要求會疲於奔命,因為香港不少BN(O)持有人,根本是海外華人或少數族裔。再加上歐盟的壓力,英國的「分等級式國籍法」在香港破功,只是遲早問題。

所以讓BNO轉成British Citizen by descent,阻絕華人在香港出生子女取得英國公民身份的路,可能是英國政府最佳選擇。

3 thoughts on “BNO歐盟免簽耐人尋味續篇

  1. To whom it may concern

    BN(O)s deserve better

    Recently the EU has granted visa-free access for British National (Overseas) passport holders, who obtained the status during British rule in Hong Kong. As a BN(O) passport holder, I certainly welcome the move. However, regrettably, this status does afford the holder right of abode in the UK or European citizenship. I believe that Her Majesty’s subjects in Hong Kong deserve something better than that.

    Hong Kong is one of the few former British colonies that is a developed country. The GDP (PPP) per capita of HK ranked 8th in 2005, while the UK only ranked 18th. According to the ‘quality-of-life’ survey of The Economist in 2005, Hong Kong ranked 18th while the UK only ranked 29th. The Human Development Index of Hong Kong (.927) is also comparable than that of the UK (.940), both within the top thirties. We have already performed as well as the UK socio-economically, so I do not understand why Her Majesty’s subjects in Hong Kong need to put up with an inferior British passport. Before the handover of Hong Kong, a significant number of residents obtained overseas citizenships (including the UK) but most of these dual nationals returned to Hong Kong later. Even the UK grants full citizenship to all her nationals in Hong Kong, I don’t think a sudden wave of migration is probable. BN(O)s are educated, skilled, civilised and fluent in English so they will make meaningful contributions to the UK and the EU and be economically active if they are allowed to live and work there.

    In fact, we cannot forget what Britain has done in Hong Kong. British values like rule of law, democracy and liberty have been always upheld here. We missed Britain. If Hong Kong was not under British colonial rule, it could not become such an amazing international financial centre. By granting citizenship to BN(O)s, we have more opportunities to study and work in the UK. After graduation, we will bring British values back to Hong Kong and China, fostering China’s modernisation. We can also bring UK capital and expertise to the soaring market. Some people worried that granting citizenships to BN(O)s will would adversely affect the Sino-UK relationship, but I think this act will bring the two countries closer instead. We HK Chinese-Britons can serve as a middleperson that understands both languages and cultures well.

    The British Government has already offered most British passport holders full citizenship so I think that BN(O)s should also be treated equally.

    I sincerely hope that the British Government can favourably consider my proposal.

  2. One of my friends has a very strange identity. He is at the age of 40 something. When he was new born
    baby, his mother sent him to Macau and his grandma took care of him. At that time, the
    immigration rule of HK was not so strict. He had a HK birth certificate and no other ID.
    When he was about two, his parents wanted him back to HK and prepared to go to kindergarten.
    However, the immigration rule of HK changed and he was required to have a ‘standard’ ID.
    Since Macau had no British embassy, his information was sent to British Consulate in Lisbon,
    Portugal. The British Consulate there ‘wrongly’identified him as a UK citizen (perhaps the
    style of name was misleading: e.g. John Michael (a Chinese last name) with no Chinese name
    in English, but he’s not mixed and both of his parents are Chinese)and granted him a passport.
    Then, he returned to HK again with the right of abode in the UK. When he got his ID card at
    eleven, the staff of the HK immigration told his parent that he had the right to ask the
    British Government for giving him the ‘milk money’.As he’s from a rich family, his parents
    didn’t do that. So, he has no *** on his HKID card. He claims that he’s holding a BOC
    passport with the endorsement that he has the ROA in the UK. He also told me that he can
    go to the US without a visa.

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