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What is the processing time for a Chinese visa?
Posted by , Last modified by Aleksandra Kasaeva on 27 May 2019 11:12 PM

The processing time is the number of business days between our receiving your application, and the visa being issued. Taken into account is the time it takes to check the form, book and attend an appointment for fingerprinting, and for the Visa Application Centre to process and approve the visa. 

If visa applications and documents are received before 14:00GMT Monday to Friday, our team will check everything is correct and contact you the same day to arrange an appointment at the Visa Application Centre for fingerprinting.  

Applications and documents received after 14:00 GMT, or at weekends or on Bank Holidays, will be checked on the next business day. 

The day we receive your visa from the consulate, we will send it to you by Royal Mail Special Delivery so you will have it the next business day before 1pm or optionally hold it at our office for your collection. 

Business days exclude weekends, UK and Chinese public holidays. 
Please note thatexpress visa processing at the Chinese consulates in the UK is currently not available for citizens of the following countries: 
Afghanistan, Austria, Bangladesh, Belgium, Czech Republic, Congo, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ghana, Iceland, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Luxembourg, Mali, Netherlands, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Portugal, Sri Lanka, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan. 

Click here to apply for your Chinese visa. 

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