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Fingerprints Collection for Chinese Visas begins in November for UK

Fingerprints Collection for Chinese Visas begins in November for UK

October 26, 2018

With effect from 1 November 2018, all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 inclusive will need to make their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre. As part of the application process, biometric data (scanned fingerprints) will now have to be provided.

In accordance with Chinese laws and regulations, and based on the principle of reciprocity, the Chinese Visa Application Service Centres in London, Manchester and Edinburgh will collect the fingerprints of all visa applicants on behalf of the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in the UK.

Previously application could be sent by post. However following this requirement being introduced next month this will no longer be possible.

The announcement on the Chinese Embassy London website also goes on to say; “Visitors to China whose fingerprints do not match may be denied entry and should bear all the consequences. Meanwhile, every applicant is kindly reminded to make an appointment online as early as possible well ahead of his or her travel schedule.”

Chinese citizens applying for UK Visas are required to give fingerprint details, so this change is merely as the announcement says based on the principle of reciprocity.

Therefore China Hub knowledge information will be updated shortly to reflect this.

Those applying in Belfast will need to check the visa for China website for details of dates, as the service is only available on the published dates.