UK Eases Visa Restrictions to Invite More Chinese Nationals to Visit
Chinese nationals will now find it easier to apply for visas to the United Kingdom as the country entice more Chinese tourists and potential investors as well. Based on the proposal, Chinese nationals’ planning to enter the UK using accredited travel agencies doesn’t need to apply for a separate application to visit Britain.
Starting this next year business people can now apply for the super priority visa that will be processed within 24 hours rather than the usual week. Also a mobile visa service will be introduced that will assist business executives and enable visa teams to collect the necessary forms and data of the applicants a service that is likely to be used in Beijing, Shanghai and other major Chinese cities. The British Chancellor who leads the British trade delegation in China said that the proposed measure is good for British businesses and tourism.
In 2012 to 2013 the number of visa applications that were issued to Chinese nationals have increased more than a third compared in 2010 to 2011. During the first half of 2013 alone the number of visas issued have risen 30 percent compared to 2012. The visa manager at the British embassy in Beijing said that they are already hard at work in speeding up the visa applications of several Chinese nationals.
A travel service office spokesperson said that applying for a ordinary UK visa takes around 15 days, but adding the interview and translation of other application materials it comes out to a month before the visa is issued. Having this new and simplified measure will increase the demand for UK travel.