What is the change? China has instituted a new biometrics requirement for visa applicants in the United Kingdom.

What does the change mean? Applicants ages 14 through 70 who are applying for Chinese visas in the U.K. will be required to provide fingerprints and a digital photograph as part of the application process.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Who is affected: Applicants for Chinese visas in the U.K.
  • Business impact: Employers should anticipate delays during the transition to the new procedures.
  • Next steps: Visa applicants should work with their immigration professional to coordinate their appointment at the appropriate Chinese visa application services center.

Background: The biometrics requirement took effect this month. Similar requirements have been implemented recently in other parts of Europe, as summarized below:

Country Chinese Visa Application Service Center Location Effective Date
Finland Helsinki Sept. 25
Romania Bucharest June 25
Demark Copenhagen Oct. 4
U.K. London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Belfast Nov. 1

Analysis & Comments: Visa applicants should factor in additional time to fulfil the biometrics appointment and the possibility of long queues during the first few weeks of this requirement.

Source: Deloitte LLP. Deloitte LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC303675 and its registered office at 1 New Street Square, London EC4A 3HQ, United Kingdom.