- Overseas Teams
- RCUK China
General information for travel to the United Kingdom
All information you require is available on UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) and Visa Facilitation Services (VFS) Global. VFS are the commercial partner working with UKVI in China.
- Standard processing time
Applications must be made at least one month in advance especially for those applying for a UK visa for the first time. You can apply for a visa up to 3 months before your date of travel to the UK. UKBA strongly advise you not to confirm your travel arrangements until you have received your visa. Read more
- Making an application
All applicants must apply online, and book an appointment at one of the visa application centres. Read more to apply online.
- Personal Appointment
You must attend an appointment in person to enrol your biometric information
- Visa fee and documents
It is essential for your passport to have at least two back-to-back blank pages. For information on visa fees, documents needed and other information, please click here.
General information for travel to China
All information you require is available on the Chinese Visa Application Centre and the Chinese Embassy websites. The Visa Centre is the commercial partner working with the Chinese embassy in the UK.
It is advisable that you apply for a visa one month before your intended date of entry into China but not earlier than three months.
If you hold an ordinary passport, you should submit your application at the Visa Centre in the country where you lawfully reside. Please follow the step by step guidance on the Visa Application Centre website to access the visa application form, you will need to submit all the required application documents to the Visa Centre.
It is essential for your passport to have at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages. For a full list of documents needed, please click here.
- Chinese National Holidays
When arranging visa application and travel to China, it is important to take into account Public Holidays, a list of official holidays observed by the visa application centre can be found here.