Chinese visa applications surge expected ahead of traditional New Year

by Ray Clancy on January 6, 2014

Visa officials in London are warning that they are expecting a surge in applications from people in China wishing to visit the UK for the annual Chinese New Year celebrations and this could lead to delays.


Thousands are expected to travel to London as the city hosts the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia

Thousands are expected to travel to London to welcome the year of the horse in spectacular style in 2014 as the city hosts the largest Chinese New Year celebration outside of Asia.

‘There is still time to arrange a visa to visit the UK for Chinese New Year, but we are expecting a big increase in applications in January and recommend you make your application as soon as possible,’ said a spokesman.

The visa application process is quick and simple and has been made easier. Applicants should apply, pay and book an appointment online.

‘We aim to process 90% of visit visas within 15 working days. Although we are currently well within this target, processing applications in just over seven days on average, we recommend that you factor this into the planning of your visit and apply for your visa as soon as possible,’ the spokesman explained.

He also pointed out that there is a three to five day priority service, which for eligible customers, could help applicants to get their visa more quickly. You can select this option when you arrive at the visa application centre.

The passport pass back service allows applicants to keep their passport while their visa is being processed, meaning that they can travel to another country, or apply for another visa while they wait.

Official figures show that in 2013 some 96% of visit visa applications from Chinese nationals were successful. ‘Making sure that you are honest in your application, and that you only submit genuine documents is really important, and will greatly reduce the chance of your visa being refused,’ the spokesman said.

The celebrations in London include Chinese artists in Trafalgar Square, a richly decorated Chinatown, food stalls, Chinese arts and crafts, traditional lion and dragon dances and dancing puppets.


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