Significant changes to visit visas for Chinese Nationals

As a show of the UK’s strong ties with China, the Prime Minister has announced that from January 2016, new visitor visas for tourist’s from China will be valid for two years, 4 times the usual 6-month limit for standard visit visas.

The UK will also increase the mobile fingerprinting service that they have in China to collect the biometrics needed for visa applications from 9 Chinese cities to 50, in order to make it easier to apply for a UK visa in China. 

The UK and Chinese governments are also in discussions to increase the 12 UK Visa Application Centres in China, already more than any other EU country. There are also plans for a new 10 year multiple entry visa for Chinese tourists at no extra cost. 

Posted on Nov 26, 2015.

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