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Fingerprints now required for Chinese visas in the UK
Posted by Dominic Quiney on 11 November 2018 11:11 AM

Starting today, everybody between the ages of 14 and 70 applying for Chinese visas in the UK will have to give fingerprints during the visa application process.

How will this work?

Similar to the procedure for Russian visas, those applying for Chinese visas in the UK must give their fingerprints when submitting their documents at the Chinese Visa Application Centre in London. This may seem daunting, but we will continue to offer simplicity, support and peace of mind throughout the process.

We will:

  1. Check the application documents you send to our London office after completing the online form for a Chinese visa, contacting you if anything else is required.
  2. Arrange your fingerprinting appointment at the Chinese visa centre in London
  3. Prepare your completed pack of documents and meet you at the Chinese visa centre to help guide you through the process
  4. Track your visa application at the Chinese visa centre, keeping you updated every step of the way
  5. Check your visa once it is issued to ensure there are no errors and then return your passport to you by the method most convenient for you.

Please see the short webpage we have created which clarifies the new Chinese visa process.

Are there any exceptions?

  • Applicants younger than 14 years or older than 70 years do not need to give fingerprints when applying for a Chinese visa.
  • People applying for Official (sometimes also called “Service”), Diplomatic and Courtesy visas to China must give their fingerprints and submit their documents at the Chinese Embassy, not at a Chinese Visa Application Centre.

If you have any questions, please contact our visa team, who will be happy to help.

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