The Hong Kong Act 1985 gave rise to the status of British National (Overseas) which was further incorporated into Section 4 (1) and was enforced on the 1st of July 1987 by Article 7 (2) of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order of 1986.
You are authorized as a British National (Overseas) to register as a British Citizen if you meet any of the criteria mentioned below:
Please note that the 5 year period will be determined from the day your application was submitted. Also, time spent outside immigration control are not usually counted as part of the qualifying period. Such periods may include time in detention, time spent as a diplomat or armed forces visitor.
Apart from the 5 years residency period, you may also qualify to register as a British Citizen on the basis the crown or other related services.
Please note that been granted citizenship on this basis is only possible in exceptional circumstances. Hence applicants must show that: -