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child born in UK have Hong Kong citizenship?

Old Nov 19th 2020, 1:03 pm
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if child is born in UK, can the parent who has a HKSAR passport and 3 * HKID card, apply for the child to become a permanent resident of HKSAR, just like children born in HKG can gain citizenship to USA and UK on application so long as one of the parents is a national of that country?
1. is it true that if HKSAR parent comes to UK 7 months pregnant she can still enter?
2. if HKSAR parent comes to UK with a UK spouse visa, the baby won't be able to 'inherit' HKG citizenship?
3. assuming 1. and 2. are true, we were planning to visit UK in June or July 21, with the HKSAR parent arriving in UK with a visitors visa (excuse my ignorance, but are visitors visa required for a standard HKSAR passport?), have the baby born in UK, then apply for HKSAR citizenship for the UK born baby , and finally upgrade the visitors visa to a spouse visa for the HKSAR parent.
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1. Would have to enquire with airline as some have restrictions for flying when pregnant
2. dont know
3. If visiting the UK, child would have to be born at private hospital and all costs paid for. No-one is eligible for the NHS as a visitor apart from emergency treatment.
You cannot upgrade from visitor visa to spouse visa while in UK - the applicant would need to return to home country and apply from there.
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thanks, regarding 1. as well as the airline possibly restricting pregnant women, doesn't UK govt have restrictions as well especially for pregnant 'tourists' ? seems to cost ~£2.7k but does this apply if the husband is British, so child will also inherit this nationality? h ttps: / / maternityaction.org. uk/advice/nhs-maternity-care-for-women-from-abroad-in-england/
coming over with a spousal visa may seem like the best idea but that would mean the child loses HKSAR permanent residency
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seems to cost ~£2.7k but does this apply if the husband is British, so child will also inherit this nationality?
£2.7k for what? If you're referring to having to pay for the birth, then the husband's nationality has no bearing on it, NHS is purely based on the residency of the patient (i.e. the mother). If she's only a visitor to the UK, then yes, she'll have to pay. £2.7k seems very low to me, what if the birth isn't straightforward? My daughter's birth was horrendous and involved a week in hospital afterwards plus all sorts of care and follow up appointments (she was born with a disability). Goodness only knows what that would have cost if we'd had to pay for it, I'd budget a LOT more just in case things don't go according to plan. The article you've linked to above says it will be an awful lot more than £2.7k, so not sure where you've got that figure from?

Your post isn't really very clear, can you clarify what you're trying to achieve? Are you the pregnant wife? Are you planning on applying for a spouse visa for the UK? How pregnant are you now, do you have time to get one before you travel? If not, when do you plan to get one and where will your spouse be? Are you prepared for being potentially refused entry if the border officer doesn't believe you're a genuine visitor to the UK and are trying to move there without the correct visa? A longtime regular of the forum (who is very much missed) used to say that to get good information you have to give good information, so the more info you can give the forum pros the better.

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just like children born in HKG can gain citizenship to USA and UK on application so long as one of the parents is a national of that country?
Also, just to add that this isn't correct - just having a parent who is a US or UK citizen doesn't mean that their child will automatically become a citizen too.
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thanks, regarding 1. as well as the airline possibly restricting pregnant women, doesn't UK govt have restrictions as well especially for pregnant 'tourists' ? seems to cost ~£2.7k but does this apply if the husband is British, so child will also inherit this nationality? h ttps: / / maternityaction.org. uk/advice/nhs-maternity-care-for-women-from-abroad-in-england/
coming over with a spousal visa may seem like the best idea but that would mean the child loses HKSAR permanent residency
Yes, there certainly are restrictions for pregnant tourist - neither the British taxpayer nor the NHS likes pregnant women flying in and having their child using NHS services. - which are for residents not visitors.

Your situation does not qualify for NHS services - you'll have to pay for the birth...... the website you quote above indicates some situations where the NHS could fund the birth - certainly not yours.
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thanks, regarding 1. as well as the airline possibly restricting pregnant women, doesn't UK govt have restrictions as well especially for pregnant 'tourists' ? seems to cost ~£2.7k but does this apply if the husband is British, so child will also inherit this nationality? h ttps: / / maternityaction.org. uk/advice/nhs-maternity-care-for-women-from-abroad-in-england/
coming over with a spousal visa may seem like the best idea but that would mean the child loses HKSAR permanent residency
I had a question on that last bit.

If the baby is born in the UK and you are on a spousal (or some other permanent visa) than the child would likely NOT be eligible for Chinese citizenship (and through that, a Hong Kong passport). However, is that the same with Hong Kong's right to abode, aka "permanent residency"? I believe the child could still get permanent residency from the parent who is a permanent resident, regardless of the passport of the child (which would be UK).
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