16 Oct Visa process simplified for Chinese nationals
As of 14 October 2013, the Chancellor announced 3 key steps, including a pilot scheme which will cut down on paperwork for Chinese visitors to the EU and UK.
One application for both the EU and UK
Chinese nationals wanting to visit both the EU and UK will not need to submit a separate UK visa application when they book with selected Chinese travel agents.
A new 24-hour ‘super priority’ visa
This service is also to be made available from summer next year. The plan also includes expansion of the VIP mobile visa service now operating in Beijing and Shanghai. This service cuts the process down to 5 minutes or less, because visa teams go to applicants to collect their completed forms and biometric data.
The UK will continue to make further improvements wherever possible for visitors travelling independently or as part of a group. The UK already offers a competitive service to Chinese visa applicants, including 12 visa application centres across China, an optional 5-day priority visa service for eligible tourists, business visitors and skilled workers, and extended opening hours in 6 application centres.