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Fingerprinting for Chinese Visas

All applicants (apart from children under 14 years of age and people over 70) wishing to apply for their Chinese visas in the UK on or after 12th November 2018 will need to provide a scan of their fingerprints as a part of the visa application process.

How does this affect me?

We are working closely with the Chinese consulate to lessen the impact of the new changes and to ensure that the process of submitting your biometric data goes as smoothly as possible.

Overall, the rules and process remain the same. The only difference is that you will now have to be present at the time your documents are submitted at the visa application centre in order to give a scan of your fingerprints.

How will this work?

1. Complete an online visa application form on our website for either a tourist visa or a business visa and follow the instructions you will receive in the “next steps” email
2. Once you are ready, you can send your passport and any other requested documents to our London office by post, courier, deliver them to us in person or via your designated representative
3. We will check the documents you provide, prepare any other documents required and complete your visa application pack
4. We will contact you to confirm a suitable day when you are available to visit the Chinese Visa Application Centre in London in order to provide your biometric data. Please note that 09:50-10:00 on Wednesdays and Fridays are the only currently available fingerprinting time slots and appointments should be confirmed no later than 4.30pm the previous day
5. Please arrive at the visa centre on the agreed day and time where our courier will meet you and hand you your completed visa application pack.
6. You will then be asked to provide a scan of all your fingers and both your thumbs. This can take about 15-20 minutes.
7. That’s it, we will do the rest. We will manage your application with the consulate, and when your visa is ready, we will collect your passport on your behalf, confirm the visa has been issued correctly, and either post it to your selected address on the same day or hold it in our office for collection.

Where do I need to come?

You will need to visit the Chinese Visa Application Centre at:

Chinese Visa Application Centre
12 Old Jewry
London
EC2R 8DU

Please arrive to your fingerprinting appointment on time. If you are running late, the appointment will need to be re-scheduled for another day. Please contact our visa team to alert us if you cannot get to your fingerprinting appointment on time.

Please note that if you are applying for an Official (sometimes known as "Service"), Diplomatic or Courtesy visa to China, you must give your fingerprints and submit your documents at the Chinese Embassy, not the Chinese Visa Application Centre. The Chinese Embassy's address is:

31 Portland Place
London
W1B 1QD

Is it safe?

Yes, in line with many other countries, China has introduced bio-metric data collection of visa applicants to help with managing its security and control illegal immigration. The equipment used is similar to that used by the UK government when collecting bio-metric data from applicants for UK visas, and the data will be stored and managed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and migration services for the purposes outlined above.

I still have some questions

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