The documents that you need to provide to allow us to prepare and lodge your application at the Consulate depend on the visa type you require and your nationality.
If you have a dual nationality (dual citizenship), you must submit both passports along with a copy of the passport ID page (the page with your date of birth, photo, etc.) for each passport. The consulate will keep both passports while the visa is being processed. If for some reason you cannot provide your second passport, an official written statement explaining why this is not possible may be accepted.
If you hold dual national status in the UK and another country, the Consulate will require you to apply for your Chinese visa using your UK passport. If you hold two EU passports, you can apply with whichever passport you prefer. If you hold an EU and a non-EU passport, you will need to apply for your Chinese visa with your EU passport. If you hold two non-EU passports, apply with the passport containing your UK visa and provide a copy of this visa.
If you have a UK biometric residence permit, you must apply with a passport that shows the same nationality as shown on the permit and provide both the original and a copy of your residence permit card.
Please note, regardless of visa type, non-UK passport holders should present the original long-term UK visa or residence permit to the Consulate along with their application. The UK visa/permit should be valid for at least 6 months.
Proof of residency for EU and non-EU passport holders
The Chinese Consulate now requires non-UK passport holders to provide proof of residency in the UK depending on whether they are EU or non-EU passport holders:
EU passport holders need to provide the following:
- An original and a copy of your UK residence documentation for a national of an EEA state (blue card/residence documentation booklet stating “Registration Certificate”).
- A print out of your settlement status in the UK (often known as the 'Apply to the EU Settlement Scheme').
- A marriage certificate with a UK national along with your spouse’s passport. If your spouse is not a UK passport holder then a proof of the spouse’s residence in the UK will also be required.
- Proof of your UK address for the past 6 months. This may consist of the following documents:
- A letter from an employer confirming that you have been employed for at least 6 months or will be employed for at least the next 6 months.
- A letter from a school, college or university confirming that you have been a student for at least 6 months or will be a student for at least the next 6 months.
- A utility bill covering the past 6 months.
- Bank statements covering the last 6 months.
- A tenancy agreement.
- Confirmation of Tax Return from HMPO or self-assessment for self-employed applicants.
Non-EU passport holders (regardless of whether you are allowed to visit the UK without a visa or not) must provide the following:
- A long-term UK visa (work, study, residence permit).
If you have a valid long-term UK visa then you can apply in the UK regardless of when your UK visa was issued (unlike EU passport holders, you do not have to be living in the UK for at least the past 6 months in order to be eligible to apply for your Chinese visa from the UK).
Please note that an entry stamp or a tourist visa valid for less than 6 months (C-type visa) is not acceptable.
Please note: All documents have to be submitted as originals and copies. The consulate may consider accepting copies only in certain circumstances.
Visa application requirements
Check your visa application requirements by selecting your passport nationality, purpose of visit and service level from the options below: