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
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
- An original and a copy of your UK residence
documentation for a national of an EEA state (blue
card/residence documentation booklet stating
- 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
- 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
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: