Applicants who were adopted abroad who do not have a naturalisation or registration certi cate
evidence of an adopter’s habitual residence in the UK (or both adopters in the case of joint adoption). Habitual residence is their normal home, the place where
they have the strongest personal connections.
First British passport applicants born or adopted outside the UK – parents’ or adoptive parents’ documents
1 Born on or after 1 January 1983
2 Applicants who were adopted abroad who do not have a naturalisation or registration certificate
不過所有 BN(O) 都係 register 返黎嘅，應該係唔會用到 Table C
我個本係97年簽 02年過期 應該係因為太舊
佢當我係First British passport (including where you hold an “old blue” passport)
As far as I know - Hong Kong is class as 'abroad' in this case. The English General Register Office (GRO) [註冊總處] is now part of HMPO, so HMPO have access to the UK's adoption records.
After reading table C carefully, it appears that requirement - evidence of an adopter’s habitual residence in the UK (or both adopters in the case of joint adoption) - is only for British Citizen applications only. If you look at section 5 of the British Nationality Act 1981 -
(a)any court in the United Kingdom or, on or after the appointed day, any court in a qualifying territory] makes an order authorising the adoption of a minor who is not a British citizen; or
(b)a minor who is not a British citizen is adopted under a Convention adoption,that minor shall, if the requirements of subsection (5A) are met, be a British citizen as from the date on which the order is made or the Convention adoption is effected, as the case may be effected under the law of a country or territory outside the United Kingdom.
(5A)Those requirements are that on the date on which the order is made or the Convention adoption is effected (as the case may be)—
(a)the adopter or, in the case of a joint adoption, one of the adopters is a British citizen; and
(b)in a case within subsection (5)(b), the adopter or, in the case of a joint adoption, both of the adopters are habitually resident in the United Kingdom or in a designated territory.
What you need to show HMPO is your adopted parent(s) was/were habitually resident in Hong Kong at the time of the adoption, as per section 2(b) of the Hong Kong (British Nationality) Order 1986 -
he, his father or his mother was adopted (whether or not in Hong Kong) and the adopter or, in the case of a joint adoption, one of the adopters was at the time of the adoption a British Dependent Territories citizen by virtue of his having a connection with Hong Kong as specified in this Article