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1990 No. 2292

BRITISH NATIONALITY

The British Nationality (Hong Kong) (Selection Scheme) Order 1990

Made

20th November 1990

Coming into force

1st December 1990

At the Court at Buckingham Palace, the 20th day of November 1990

Present,

The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty in Council

(1)Whereas the Governor of Hong Kong has, in pursuance of paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1990, submitted to the Secretary of State a scheme for the purposes of section 1(1) of that Act

And whereas paragraph 2 of that Schedule provides that the scheme set out in an Order in Council under the Schedule shall, in the case of the first Order to be made under it, be a scheme submitted to the Secretary of State by the Governor of Hong Kong with such modifications (if any) as the Secretary of State may think necessary or expedient:

And whereas the scheme set out in the Schedule to this Order is the scheme so submitted without any modifications:

And whereas a draft of this Order has been approved by resolution of each House of Parliament:

Now, therefore, Her Majesty, in exercise of the powers conferred upon Her by Schedule 1 to the said Act of 1990, is pleased, by and with the advice of Her Privy Council, to order, and it is hereby ordered, as follows:

1.  This Order may be cited as the British Nationality (Hong Kong) (Selection Scheme) Order 1990 and shall come into force on 1st December 1990.

2.  The selection scheme submitted to the Secretary of State by the Governor of Hong Kong and set out in the Schedule to this Order shall have effect for the purposes of section 1(1) of the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1990.

G. I. de Deney

Clerk of the Privy Council

Article 2

SCHEDULESELECTION SCHEME SUBMITTED BY THE GOVERNOR OF HONG KONG TO THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR THE PURPOSES OF SECTION 1(1) OF THE BRITISH NATIONALITY (HONG KONG) ACT 1990

  1. PART I General

    1. 1.The scheme.

    2. 2.Interpretation.

    3. 3.Application of scheme.

    4. 4.Classes of applicant.

    5. 5.Quotas for classes of applicant.

    6. 6.Transfer of application between classes.

  2. PART II The General Occupational Class

    1. 7.Interpretation.

    2. 8.Restriction on applications.

    3. 9.The points system.

    4. 10.Quotas within the general occupational class.

    5. 11.Age.

    6. 12.Experience.

    7. 13.Education and training.

    8. 14.Special circumstances.

    9. 15.Proficiency in the English language.

    10. 16.Connections with the United Kingdom.

    11. 17.Public or community service.

  3. PART III The Miscellaneous Classes

    1. 18.Interpretation.

    2. 19.Restriction on applications.

    3. 20.The points system in the disciplined services class.

    4. 21.Quotas in the disciplined services class.

    5. 22.Application of the points system in the disciplined services class.

    6. 23.The sensitive service class.

    7. 24.The entrepreneurs class.

  4. PART IV Supplemental

    1. 25.Equally qualified applicants.

    2. 26.Recommendations in respect of more than one family member.

    3. 27.Applicants possessing a citizenship of a third country.

    4. 28.Effect of direction by Secretary of State.

    5. 29.Applicants involved in the operation of the scheme.

  5. ANNEXES

    1. Annex 1 General occupational class: specified occupational groups.

    2. Annex 2 General occupational class: age points.

    3. Annex 3 General occupational class: allocation of points for each year’s relevant experience for those applying in the managers and administrators occupational group.

    4. Annex 4 General occupational class: points for professional or vocational qualifications.

PART IGENERAL

The scheme

1.  This scheme is submitted by the Governor of Hong Kong to the Secretary of State under paragraph 2 of Schedule 1 to the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1990 for the purposes of section 1(1) of that Act (acquisition of British citizenship by up to 50,000 persons recommended to the Secretary of State for that purpose by the Governor of Hong Kong).

Interpretation

2.—(1) In this scheme–

“Act of 1981” means the British Nationality Act 1981(2);

“Act of 1990” means the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1990 and any reference to a section or a Schedule is a reference to a section of, or a Schedule to, that Act;

“applicant” means an applicant for a recommendation under section 1(1) and “apply” and “application” shall be construed accordingly;

“common date”, in relation to an applicant, means the first day of the period specified in a direction during which his application is determined;

“direction” means a direction by the Secretary of State under section 1(3);

“Governor” means the Governor of Hong Kong;

“recommendation” means a recommendation by the Governor under section 1(1) and “recommend” and “recommended” shall be construed accordingly;

“registered” means registered under section 1(1).

(2) Where it falls to the Governor under this scheme to make any calculation he may for that purpose–

(a)use such statistics or information as appear to him to be appropriate;

(b)round up or down any figure to the nearest whole number.

(3) Any reference in this scheme to the Governor includes, in relation to any function which the Governor has authorised a public officer in Hong Kong to exercise on his behalf under section 3(3)(b), a reference to that officer.

(4) Unless the context otherwise requires, any reference in this scheme to a Part, Article or Annex is a reference to a Part or Article of, or Annex to, this scheme and any reference in an Article to a paragraph is a reference to a paragraph of that Article.

Application of scheme

3.—(1) This scheme applies to persons who are settled in Hong Kong and who–

(a)are British Dependent Territories citizens by virtue of a connection with Hong Kong or who have, before the passing of the Act of 1990 or, as the case may be, before any later date specified for the purposes of paragraph 4(1)(a) of Schedule 1 by a direction, applied for registration or naturalisation as such citizens by virtue of such a connection and whose applications would have been successful in the absence of registration under that Act; or

(b)are British Nationals (Overseas), British Overseas citizens, British subjects by virtue of Part IV of the Act of 1981 or British protected persons.

(2) References in paragraph (1) to a connection with Hong Kong shall be construed in accordance with Article 2 of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986(3).

Classes of applicant

4.—(1) This scheme makes provision for applications to be made in the general occupational class and in three miscellaneous classes, namely the disciplined services class, the sensitive service class and the entrepreneurs class.

(2) An applicant may only apply in one of the classes referred to in paragraph (1) in any single period specified in a direction.

Quotas for classes of applicant

5.  The quota of persons to be recommended in respect of each class of applicant shall be as follows–

the general occupational class36,200
the disciplined services class7,000
the sensitive service class6,300
the entrepreneurs class500

Transfer of application between classes

6.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), if it appears to the Governor that an application in one class could more appropriately be dealt with in another class he may treat the application as if it had been made in that other class.

(2) Where the Governor treats an application under paragraph (1) as having been made in another class but decides not to recommend the applicant in that class he shall reconsider the application in the class in which it was first made.

PART IITHE GENERAL OCCUPATIONAL CLASS

Interpretation

7.  In this Part–

“approved occupation” means an occupation (other than a specified occupation) approved by the Governor as requiring such technical skills or professional qualifications as he considers necessary or desirable for the continued successful administration of Hong Kong;

“British undertaking” means a company or firm which the Governor is satisfied has a close connection with the United Kingdom;

“emigration rate” in relation to any specified occupational group or approved occupation, means the percentage of persons in that group or occupation who appear to the Governor to have emigrated from Hong Kong during the period of three years preceding the common date;

“relevant occupation”, in relation to an applicant, means the specified or approved occupation in which the applicant has applied;

“relevant quota”, in relation to an applicant, means the quota determined by Article 10 for the specified occupational group or approved occupation in which the applicant has applied;

“specified occupational group” means an occupational group specified in Annex 1 and “specified occupation” means an occupation falling within a specified occupational group.

Restriction on applications

8.  An applicant may only apply in one occupation in any single period specified in a direction.

The points system

9.—(1) Subject to the provisions of Part IV, an applicant shall be recommended if the total number of points allocated to him in accordance with this Part is sufficiently high to bring him within the relevant quota.

(2) Points shall be allocated to an applicant under the headings listed in the first column of the table below and the number of points to be allocated under Articles 11 to 17 in respect of each heading shall not exceed the number indicated in the second column of that table.

Age200
Experience150
Education and training150
Special circumstances150
Proficiency in the English language50
Connections with the United Kingdom50
Public or community service50

Quotas within the general occupational class

10.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, the quota in relation to applicants in approved occupations shall be 500 and within that quota of 500 the quota for each approved occupation for any period specified in a direction shall be determined by–

(a)multiplying the number of persons who appear to the Governor to be working in Hong Kong in each approved occupation on the common date by the emigration rate applicable to that occupation; and

(b)allocating a proportion of the periodic quota for the approved occupations to each approved occupation in proportion to the number obtained for each approved occupation by subparagraph (a).

(2) If the Governor is satisfied that the application of the formula set out in paragraph (1) would be inappropriate in relation to a particular approved occupation because either

(a)the information relating to the applicable emigration rate is unsatisfactory or unavailable; or

(b)the number of persons who appear to the Governor to be working in Hong Kong in that occupation is so small that the emigration rate is an unreliable indication of the extent to which such persons are likely to emigrate from Hong Kong in the future,

he may, in relation to that approved occupation, calculate the quota in accordance with such criteria as he may determine.

(3) Where the Governor determines the quota for an approved occupation in accordance with paragraph (2), there shall for the purposes of the calculation to be made under paragraph (1) be subtracted from the periodic quota for the approved occupations the sum of the quotas determined by the Governor in accordance with paragraph (2) and the reference to “each approved occupation” in subparagraph (b) of paragraph (1) shall not include a reference to any occupation whose quota is so determined.

(4) The quota in relation to each specified occupational group for any period specified in a direction shall be determined by–

(a)multiplying the number of persons who appear to the Governor to be working in Hong Kong in each specified occupational group on the common date by the emigration rate applicable to that occupational group;

(b)allocating a proportion of the periodic quota for the specified occupational groups to each specified occupational group in proportion to the number obtained for each such group by subparagraph (a).

(5) Within the quota determined under paragraph (4) in relation to the occupational group specified in paragraph 1 of Annex 1 (“the managers and administrators quota”) the number of managers and administrators in service with the Government of Hong Kong to be recommended shall be determined by the following formula–

where–

  • (a)

    A is the number of persons who appear to the Governor to be managers and administrators in service with the Government of Hong Kong on the common date;

    (b)

    B is the total number of persons in Hong Kong who appear to the Governor to be in that specified occupational group on the common date;

    (c)

    C is the number representing the managers and administrators quota,

  • and, within the managers and administrators quota, the number of managers and administrators in service with the Government of Hong Kong and the number of managers and administrators not in such service shall each constitute a relevant quota for the purposes of the scheme.

(6) An applicant who was a manager or administrator in service with the Government of Hong Kong but who ceased to be in such service before the common date shall not, if he applies in the managers and administrators occupational group, be treated for the purposes of paragraph (5) as a manager or administrator in such service.

(7) In this Article “periodic quota”, in relation to approved occupations or specified occupational groups, means the maximum number of applicants in all the approved occupations or, as the case may be, all the specified occupational groups who may, by virtue of a direction, be recommended in the period specified in that direction.

Age

11.—(1) Subject to paragraph (2), an applicant shall be allocated points for his age on the common date in accordance with the table set out in Annex 2 and, where that table indicates that a negative number of points is to be allocated, the Governor shall, for the purpose of calculating the applicant’s total score, subtract that number of points from the total score.

(2) The Governor shall–

(a)add to the number of points allocated under paragraph (1) to an applicant aged 20 or over but under the age of 30 one twelfth of 20 points for each complete month elapsing between the applicant’s last birthday and the common date (“a complete month”);

(b)subtract from the number of points allocated under paragraph (1) to an applicant aged 41 or over but under the age of 51 one twelfth of 20 points for each complete month;

(c)if the applicant is aged 51, subtract from the applicant’s total score one twelfth of 20 points for each complete month;

(d)if the applicant is aged 52 or over but under the age of 61, add to the number of points to be subtracted from the applicant’s total score one twelfth of 20 points for each complete month.

(3) In paragraph (2) references to an applicant’s age are references to his age on the common date.

Experience

12.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, an applicant shall be allocated 10 points for each year’s service completed before the common date in the approved occupation or within the specified occupational group into which the specified occupation falls (in this article referred to as “relevant experience”).

(2) In relation to applicants in the managers and administrators occupational group specified in paragraph 1 of Annex 1 (other than applicants who are in service with the Government of Hong Kong) the points to be allocated for each year’s relevant experience shall be determined by reference to the applicant’s average earnings in accordance with the table set out in Annex 3.

(3) In determining the points to be allocated for experience–

(a)only 15 years of relevant experience shall be taken into account;

(b)periods of service on secondment from a relevant occupation shall be treated as relevant experience.

(4) There shall be added to the number of points allocated to an applicant under this Article, one twelfth of 10 points (or, in the case of applicants referred to in paragraph (2), one twelfth of the points determined by Annex 3 for a year’s relevant experience) for each complete month’s relevant experience between the date of the applicant’s last completed year of service and the common date.

(5) The Governor may, if he thinks fit in the special circumstances of the applicant’s case, treat an applicant’s experience in service in an occupation or occupational group other than the one in which he has applied as relevant experience.

(6) For the purposes of this Article, a person is on secondment from a relevant occupation if he is for the time being serving temporarily in another capacity under arrangements whereby he is to return when his temporary service ends to service in the relevant occupation or, in the case of a specified occupation, in the occupational group in which his occupation falls.

(7) For the purposes of this Article, “average earnings”, in relation to an applicant in the managers and administrators occupational group, means the average annual earnings which the Governor considers the applicant to have derived from his activities in any occupation within that group during such recent period as the Governor may determine in the circumstances of the applicant’s case.

Education and training

13.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, an applicant may be allocated up to 50 points in respect of each of the following–

(a)general education;

(b)professional or vocational qualifications;

(c)further qualifications.

(2) The points to be allocated to an applicant for general education shall be those specified opposite the highest educational level attained by the applicant listed in the following table–

Educational levelPoints
Primary 6  5
Secondary 310
Secondary 520
Secondary 625
Secondary 730
Post-secondary qualification other than a degree40
Degree50

(3) Subject to paragraph (4), the points to be allocated to an applicant for professional or vocational qualifications shall–

(a)in the case of an applicant in a specified occupational group be the points indicated opposite the highest qualification attained by the applicant listed in Annex 4 in respect of that occupational group; and

(b)in the case of an applicant in an approved occupation, be such as the Governor may determine in the case of each occupation.

(4) Under paragraph (3) points shall be allocated in respect of a professional or vocational qualification if the Governor is satisfied that–

(a)in the case of an applicant in a specified occupation, the applicant’s qualification is related to the occupational group in which he applied; and

(b)in the case of an applicant in an approved occupation, the applicant’s qualification is related to that approved occupation.

(5) The points to be allocated to an applicant for further qualifications shall be such as the Governor may determine in the case of each relevant occupation.

(6) The Governor, in determining the allocation of points under this Article, may–

(a)treat a qualification not specified in this Article or Annex 4 as equivalent to a qualification which is so specified;

(b)allocate fewer points for a qualification than those provided for by this Article or Annex 4, or no points, if he considers it appropriate in view of the standing of the institution which conferred the qualification or the circumstances in which the qualification was obtained;

(c)disregard any qualification which he considers not to have been conferred by a bona fide institution.

Special circumstances

14.—(1) The Governor may allocate up to 150 points for special circumstances in accordance with paragraphs (2) to (5) in respect of applicants in a specified occupation and in accordance with paragraph (6) in respect of applicants in an approved occupation.

(2) The Governor may allocate up to 75 points to an applicant if he considers that there is an exceptionally high propensity to emigrate amongst those serving in the relevant occupation or amongst a particular group of persons serving in that occupation.

(3) The Governor may, in relation to applicants in a relevant occupation or applicants of a particular description within a relevant occupation, allocate up to 50 points to such applicants to take account of–

(a)the importance of the applicants' professional or vocational qualifications in the relevant occupation; or

(b)the effect of the application of the provisions of this Part relating to age and experience if the Governor is satisfied that it does not adequately reflect the significance of those attributes in the applicants' cases.

(4) The Governor may, in accordance with paragraph (5), allocate up to 50 points to an applicant in a specified occupation in recognition of his exceptional merit or outstanding achievement.

(5) The Governor may under paragraph (4) allocate–

(a)up to 30 points for the applicant’s exceptional merit or outstanding achievement in the relevant occupation;

(b)up to 30 points for unpaid service with such voluntary agencies or institutions in the social, medical or educational field as may from time to time be approved by the Governor for the purposes of this scheme;

(c)up to 20 points for acts of bravery or gallantry.

(6) The Governor may allocate up to 150 points for special circumstances to an applicant in an approved occupation to take account of the extent to which his skills or expertise are of importance to the continued well-being of Hong Kong and, in those cases where he does so, he may, subject to paragraph (1), allocate up to 50 points in respect of the applicant’s exceptional merit or outstanding achievement.

Proficiency in the English language

15.  An applicant shall either–

(a)be allocated 50 points if he has obtained a Grade E level (or higher) in the Hong Kong Certificate of Education examination in English (Syllabus A) or a pass in any examination in English which the Governor considers for the purposes of this scheme to be equivalent to that level; or

(b)be allocated 50 points if he has obtained a Grade A level in the British Nationality Scheme English Language Proficiency Test or 25 points if he has obtained a Grade B level in that examination.

Connections with the United Kingdom

16.—(1) An applicant shall be allocated points for his connections with the United Kingdom in accordance with the provisions of this Article.

(2) In this Article “relevant service” means–

(a)service with a British undertaking;

(b)Crown service under the Government of the United Kingdom or Hong Kong;

(c)service of any description for the time being designated under section 2(3) of the Act of 1981.

(3) Subject to paragraphs (4) and (5), an applicant shall be allocated one point for every period of 6 months relevant service completed before the common date up to a maximum of 35 points.

(4) Paragraph (3) shall not apply to an applicant who is not in relevant service on the common date but such an applicant shall be allocated 5 points if, before that date, he had completed at least 3 years relevant service.

(5) Notwithstanding paragraph (4), an applicant who was in Crown Service under the Government of the United Kingdom or Hong Kong but who has ceased to be in such service because the functions of the organisation in which he served have since the date of the passing of the Act of 1990 ceased to be performed on behalf of the Crown shall, if he was employed by that organisation on the common date, be allocated one point for each period of 6 months service with that organisation completed before the date on which the applicant ceased to be in Crown service.

(6) Subject to paragraph (8), an applicant who has any of the connections with the United Kingdom listed in paragraph (7), shall be allocated 5 points in respect of each connection which he has.

(7) The connections with the United Kingdom referred to in paragraph (6) are that the applicant–

(a)has, by the common date, been educated in the United Kingdom at primary or secondary level for a period of at least 3 years;

(b)has, by the common date, been educated at a university, polytechnic or other further education institution in the United Kingdom for a period of at least 2 years;

(c)has, on the common date, a spouse, child, parent, sibling, grandparent or parent-in-law who is a British citizen or settled in the United Kingdom or has, on that date, a child being educated in the United Kingdom at primary, secondary or further education level;

(d)owned investments or property in the United Kingdom on the date of the passing of the Act of 1990 worth at that date in excess of £100,000 or, in relation to an application made in any period specifed in a second or subsequent direction, owns investments or property in the United Kingdom at the beginning of that period worth at that time in excess of £100,000.

(8) No applicant shall be allocated more than 15 points under paragraph (6).

Public or community service

17.—(1) Subject to the provisions of this Article, an applicant shall be allocated points for his service with the Legislative Council, the Executive Council and such other public bodies as may from time to time be approved by the Governor for the purposes of this scheme and for his service with the auxiliary services.

(2) An applicant who is, or has been, a member of the Legislative Council or the Executive Council shall be allocated 4 points for each year of service completed within the period of 10 years preceding the common date.

(3) An applicant who is or has been a member of any body approved by the Governor under paragraph (1) shall be allocated 2 points for each year of service with that body completed within the period of 10 years preceding the common date and an applicant who is or has been the chairman of such a body (or who the Governor is satisfied holds or has held a comparable position in that body) shall be allocated an additional 2 points for each year of service as chairman of that body (or holder of that comparable position) completed within that period.

(4) In determining the points to be allocated for service with the public bodies referred to in paragraph (1) no account shall be taken of service with more than 6 such bodies.

(5) An applicant shall be allocated 2 points for each year of active service in the auxiliary services completed before the common date.

(6) An applicant shall not be allocated points under this Article for service arising from or connected with official duties performed by him in the course of his employment.

(7) In this Article the “auxiliary services” means the Royal Hong Kong Regiment (the Volunteers), the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force, the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Police Force, the Auxiliary Medical Services and the Civil Aid Services.

PART IIITHE MISCELLANEOUS CLASSES

Interpretation

18.  In this Part “disciplined service” means one of the following–

(a)service in the Royal Navy as one of the locally enlisted personnel of the British Garrison in Hong Kong;

(b)service in the Army as one of the locally enlisted personnel of the British Garrison in Hong Kong;

(c)service as a uniformed member of the permanent staff of the Royal Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force;

(d)service as a departmental grade officer of the Operations Department, Independent Commission Against Corruption;

(e)service as a disciplined member of the Correctional Services Department;

(f)service as a disciplined member of the Customs and Excise Service;

(g)service as a disciplined member of the Fire Services Department;

(h)service as a disciplined member of the Immigration Service;

(i)service as a disciplined member of the Royal Hong Kong Police Force,

and, in relation to an applicant, “disciplined service”, unless the context otherwise requires, means the disciplined service in which the applicant has applied.

Restriction on applications

19.—(1) An applicant in the disciplined services class may only apply in one disciplined service in any single period specified in a direction.

(2) A person who has ceased to serve in the disciplined services before the common date shall be ineligible to apply under the scheme in the disciplined services class.

The points system in the disciplined services class

20.  Subject to the provisions of Part IV, an applicant in the disciplined services class shall be recommended if the total number of points allocated to him in accordance with Article 22 is sufficiently high to bring him within the quota provided for in Article 21 and for these purposes Article 9(2) shall apply to applicants in the disciplined services class as it applies to applicants in the general occupational class.

Quotas in the disciplined services class

21.  Within the quota prescribed for the disciplined services class by Article 5, the quota for each disciplined service for each period specified in a direction shall be determined by the following formula–

where–

a

A is the number of persons who appear to the Governor to be in that disciplined service on the common date minus the number of persons in that service whom the Governor intends to invite to apply in the sensitive service class;

b

B is the total number of persons who appear to the Governor to be serving in all the disciplined services on the common date minus the number of persons in those services whom the Governor intends to invite to apply in the sensitive service class;

c

C is the maximum number of applicants in the disciplined services class who may, by virtue of a direction, be recommended in the period specified in that direction.

Application of the points system in the disciplined services class

22.—(1) Articles 11 to 17 shall apply for the purpose of allocating points to applicants in the disciplined services class subject to the modifications set out in paragraphs (2) to (5).

(2) For the purpose of allocating points for an applicant’s experience, Article 12 shall apply with the following modifications–

(a)in paragraph (1) for the words “in the approved occupation or within the specified occupational group into which the specified occupation falls” there shall be substituted the words “in any disciplined service”;

(b)paragraphs (2), (5) and (7) shall be deleted;

(c)in paragraph 3(b) for the words “relevant occupation” in both places where they occur there shall be substituted the words “disciplined service”;

(d)the words in parentheses in paragraph (4) shall be omitted;

(e)in paragraph (6) for the words “relevant occupation” in both places where they occur there shall be substituted the words “disciplined service” and the words from “or, in the case of a specified occupation,” to the end shall be deleted.

(3) For the purposes of allocating points for an applicant’s education and training, Article 13 shall apply with the following modifications–

(a)in paragraph (1) for subparagraph (b) there shall be substituted the following subparagraph–

(b)professional training;

(b)for paragraph (3) there shall be substituted the following paragraph–

(3) The points to be allocated to an applicant for professional training shall be such as the Governor may determine in the light of recommendations made by the head of the disciplined service.;

(c)paragraph (4) shall be deleted;

(d)in paragraph (5) for the words “in the case of each relevant occupation” there shall be substituted the words “in the light of recommendations made by the head of the disciplined service”.

(4) For the purposes of allocating points to an applicant for special circumstances the following Article shall be substituted for Article 14–

14.  The Governor may allocate up to 150 points for special circumstances to take account of–

(a)the need to maintain the quality and staffing levels of personnel in the disciplined services;

(b)the applicant’s performance in service or any honours received by him in connection with that service;

(c)the effect of the application of the provisions of Part II relating to age and experience if the Governor is satisfied that it does not adequately reflect the significance of those attributes in the applicant’s case..

(5) For the purposes of allocating points for an applicant’s public or community service, Article 17 shall apply with the following modifications–

(a)in paragraph (1) for the words “and for his service with the auxiliary services” there shall be substituted the words “for his service with the auxiliary services and for his unpaid service with voluntary agencies or institutions in the social, medical or educational field.”;

(b)at the end there shall be added the following paragraph–

(8) The Governor may allocate up to 30 points for unpaid service with such voluntary agencies or institutions in the social, medical or educational field as may from time to time be approved by the Governor for the purposes of this scheme..

The sensitive service class

23.  Subject to the provisions of Part IV, within the quota prescribed by Article 5 for applicants in the sensitive service class, the Governor may recommend an applicant if he considers that a recommendation is justified in view of the applicant’s service in the interests of the Crown (whether in the private or public sector) or the applicant’s other activities of a sensitive nature.

The entrepreneurs class

24.—(1) Subject to the provisions of Part IV, within the quota prescribed by Article 5 for applicants in the entrepreneurs class, the Governor may recommend an applicant if, having regard to the matters specified in paragraph (2), he considers that the applicant has made a special contribution to the economy of Hong Kong.

(2) The matters to which the Governor shall have regard in making a recommendation under paragraph (1) are–

(a)the extent of the applicant’s investments in Hong Kong;

(b)the annual turnover of any business in Hong Kong which the applicant controls (whether alone or jointly with others);

(c)the number of persons employed in any such business;

(d)the extent to which the applicant’s emigration would undermine confidence in the economy of Hong Kong;

(e)whether there are, in the applicant’s case, special circumstances of the type referred to in Article 14;

(f)whether the applicant has connections with the United Kingdom of the type referred to in Article 16;

(g)whether the applicant has performed any public or community service of the type referred to in Article 17.

PART IVSUPPLEMENTAL

Equally qualified applicants

25.  Where it appears to the Governor that two or more applicants are equally qualified under the scheme but he cannot recommend each of them without exceeding the relevant quota, he shall decide at his discretion which applicant or applicants to recommend.

Recommendations in respect of more than one family member

26.  Where two or more applicants qualify under the scheme to be recommended but the relationship between them is such that, by virtue of subsection (4) of section 1, only one of them can be registered under that section, the Governor shall, in the absence of any agreement between the applicants as to which of them should be recommended, determine for himself which applicant to recommend.

Applicants possessing a citizenship of a third country

27.  Where it appears to the Governor that an applicant possesses a citizenship which confers upon the applicant a right of abode in a country or territory outside Hong Kong or the People’s Republic of China, he shall, where the applicant falls to be dealt with in either the general occupational class or the disciplined services class, deduct 200 points from the points allocated to the applicant and shall, where the applicant falls to be dealt with in either the sensitive service class or the entrepreneurs class, take that citizenship into account in deciding whether or not to recommend that applicant.

Effect of direction by Secretary of State

28.  Where the Governor is, for the time being, prevented from recommending the full quota of applicants of any given class or description under this scheme by a direction, the Governor shall determine which applicants to recommend and shall do so, where applicable, by reference to the total number of points allocated to applicants in each class or description to which the direction relates.

Applicants involved in the operation of the scheme

29.  Where an applicant is–

(a)serving as

(i)a staff member on the establishment of Government House;

(ii)a member of the committee appointed under section 3(3)(a) to advise the Governor on matters arising under the scheme; or

(iii)a public officer authorised by the Governor under section 3(3)(b) to exercise functions on his behalf in respect of applications under the scheme, or

(b)otherwise concerned with the implementation of the scheme in an official capacity, that applicant shall not deal in his official capacity with any matter concerned with, or arising from, his own application or any application in which he has a personal interest.

Submitted to the Secretary of State by the Governor of Hong Kong,

12th October 1990.

ANNEX 1GENERAL OCCUPATIONAL CLASSSPECIFIED OCCUPATIONAL GROUPS

Article 7

1.  Managers and administrators.

2.  Business professionals.

3.  Business and administration associate professionals.

4.  Accountants and auditors.

5.  Accounting associate professionals.

6.  Engineers and related professionals.

7.  Architects, planners and surveyors.

8.  Engineering associate professionals.

9.  Information science professionals.

10.  News editors and journalists.

11.  Medical doctors.

12.  Physical and life science professionals.

13.  Nurses and midwives.

14.  Other medical professionals (except nurses and midwives).

15.  Health associate professionals (except nurses and midwives).

16.  Legal professionals.

17.  Legal associate professionals.

18.  Teaching professionals (post-secondary).

19.  Educational administrators.

20.  Other teaching personnel.

ANNEX 2GENERAL OCCUPATIONAL CLASSAGE POINTS

Article 11(1)
AgePoints
20 or below    0
21  20
22  40
23  60
24  80
25100
26120
27140
28160
29180
30 to 41200
42180
43160
44140
45120
46100
47  80
48  60
49  40
50  20
51    0
52  —20
53  —40
54  —60
55  —80
56—100
57—120
58—140
59—160
60—180
61 and above—200

ANNEX 3GENERAL OCCUPATIONAL CLASSALLOCATION OF POINTS FOR EACH YEAR'S RELEVANT EXPERIENCE FOR THOSE APPLYING IN THE MANAGERS AND ADMINISTRATORS OCCUPATIONAL GROUP

Article 12(2)
Average annual earnings (in Hong Kong dollars)Points for each year’s experience
Under 200,000  1
200,000 – 224,999  2
225,000 – 249,999  3
250,000 – 299,999  4
300,000 – 349,999  5
350,000 – 399,999  6
400,000 – 599,999  7
600,000 – 999,999  8
1,000,000 – 1,999,999  9
2,000,000 or above10

ANNEX 4GENERAL OCCUPATIONAL CLASSPOINTS FOR PROFESSIONAL OR VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATIONS

Article 13(3)
Specified occupational groupQualificationPoints

1.  Managers and administrators

Matriculation25
Post-secondary qualification (other than a degree)35
Bachelor degree or membership or fellowship of professional institution50

2.  Business professionals

Matriculation25
Post-secondary qualification (other than a degree) or associate membership of professional institution35
Bachelor degree or membership or fellowship of professional institution50

3.  Business and administration associate professionals

Matriculation25
Post-secondary qualification (other than a degree) or associate membership of professional institution50

4.  Accountants and auditors

Level I Professional Examination15
Bachelor degree in accountancy20
Level II Professional Examination25
Level III Professional Examination40
Membership or fellowship of professional institution50

5.  Accounting associate professionals

First level, London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“LCCI”) Group Certificate  5
Second level, LCCI Group Certificate10
Third level, LCCI Group Certificate20
Preliminary examination of Association of Accounting Technicians (“AAT”)30
Intermediate examination of AAT40
Final examination of AAT50

6.  Engineers and related professionals

Part I Professional Examination10
Part II Professional Examination20
Practical training, Stage 130
Practical training, Stage 240
Membership or fellowship of professional institution50

7.  Architects, planners and surveyors

Part I Professional Examination10
Part II Professional Examination20
Part III Professional Examination35
Membership or fellowship of professional institution50

8.  Engineering associate professionals

Engineering certificate or diploma10
Polytechnic higher certificate20
Polytechnic higher diploma35
Polytechnic endorsement certificate50

9.  Information science professionals

Diploma or certificate20
Higher or advanced diploma or certificate or associate membership of professional institution40
Bachelor degree in information science45
Membership or fellowship of professional institution50

10.  News editors and journalists

A-level in Chinese or English10
Certificate or diploma other than in journalism or communications20
Certificate or diploma in journalism or communications30
Bachelor degree other than in journalism or communications45
Bachelor degree in journalism or communications50

11.  Medical doctors

Medical graduate provisionally registered with Medical Council of Hong Kong10
Practising certificate issued by Medical Council of Hong Kong15
Licentiate of Medical Council of Hong Kong25
Registered medical practitioner50

12.  Physical and life science professionals

Post-secondary certificate or diploma35
Bachelor degree45
Membership or fellowship of professional institution50

13.  Nurses and midwives

Certificate of enrolment with Nursing Board of Hong Kong or Certificate of registration with Midwives Board of Hong Kong30
Certificate of registration with Nursing Board of Hong Kong50

14.  Other medical professionals (except nurses and midwives)

Professions registerable under the Dentists Registration Ordinance (Chapter 156 of the Laws of Hong Kong) or the Pharmacy and Poisons Ordinance (Chapter 138 of the Laws of Hong Kong)
Certificate or Diploma30
Bachelor degree40
Registered as medical professional50
Professions not registerable under any Hong Kong Ordinance
Certificate30
Diploma40
Bachelor degree50

15.  Health associate professionals (except nurses and midwices)

Matriculation10
Certificate or diploma (other than a professional diploma)30
Professional diploma50

16.  Legal professionals

Bachelor degree in law10
Post-graduate certificate in law20
Completion of articles or pupillage35
Registered lawyer50

17.  Legal associate professionals

Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination10
Matriculation25
Polytechnic higher certificate or diploma50

18.  Teaching professionals (post-secondary)

Teacher certificate10
Bachelor degree20
Post-graduate diploma25
Post-graduate degree (other than by research)30
Post-graduate degree by research (other than Ph.D)40
Ph.D50

19.  Educational administrators

Teacher certificate20
Post-secondary certificate or diploma35
Associate membership of professional institution40
Bachelor degree or membership or fellowship of professional institution50

20.  Other teaching personnel

Teacher’s permit  5
Qualified kindergarten teacher10
Diploma or certificate from polytechnic or technical institute25
Completion of In-Service Training Course for Teachers30
Teacher certificate35
Bachelor of Education degree obtained after 1 or 2 years full-time study40
Bachelor degree (other than Bachelor of Education)45
Bachelor degree (other than Bachelor of Education) together with teacher certificate; or completion of Bachelor of Education degree obtained after 3 or 4 years full-time study50

Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Order)

Section 1(1) of the British Nationality (Hong Kong) Act 1990 provides that the Secretary of State shall register as British citizens up to 50,000 persons recommended to him for that purpose by the Governor of Hong Kong under a scheme or schemes made and approved in accordance with Schedule 1 to that Act. Paragraph 1 of that Schedule provides that effect shall be given to any such scheme by an Order in Council setting out the terms of the scheme. Paragraph 2(a) of the Schedule provides that the scheme set out in the Order in Council shall, in the case of the first Order to be made, be a scheme submitted by the Governor with such modifications (if any) as the Secretary of State may think necessary or expedient.

This Order is the first to be made under the Act and gives effect in the Schedule thereto, without modifications, to a scheme submitted by the Governor. The scheme provides that the Governor may make recommendations in respect of persons falling within four classes within a quota prescribed by the scheme. Those classes (with the respective quotas in brackets) are the general occupational class (36,200), the disciplined services class (7,000), the sensitive service class (6,300) and the entrepreneurs class (500).

Part II of the scheme makes provision for the general occupational class and provides for applicants to be recommended according to the number of points allocated to them within the quota prescribed by the scheme for the particular occupation or occupational group in which they apply. Under Part II points are allocated to an applicant for age, experience, education and training, special circumstances, proficiency in the English language, connections with the United Kingdom and public and community service.

Part III provides for the disciplined services class and makes provision for the points scheme set out in Part II to apply to applicants in the disciplined services with modifications. It also provides for the Governor to recommend applicants in the sensitive service class (in respect of the applicant’s service in the interests of the Crown or other activities of a sensitive nature) and in the entrepreneurs class if the Governor considers that the applicant has made a significant contribution to the economy of Hong Kong.

Part IV makes provision for supplemental matters and, in particular, prevents any applicant who is concerned with the implementation of the scheme from dealing with any matter concerned with, or arising from, his own application or any application in which he has a personal interest.

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