How to obtain the Chinese L visa

Information to apply the Chinese L visa since2019

Chinese visa application service center website:

https://www.visaforchina.org (for all countries)

https://bio.visaforchina.org/LON2_EN (online Applying at London)

https://bio.visaforchina.org/MAN2_EN (online Applying at Manchester)

https://bio.visaforchina.org/EDI2_EN (online Applying at Edinburgh)

https://bio.visaforchina.org/BFS2_EN (online Applying at Belfast)

Example on how to obtain Chinese visa for UK nationality:

The information as follow to help you complete your Chinese visa application form with the correct information. ChinaBirdTour highly recommend that you read it fully to avoid your application getting rejected.

All visa applicants aged 14-69 are required to attend their nearest China Visa Application Service Centre in person to provide biometric finger prints.

All British passport holders will require a visa for China. If you hold any other passport or you were born outside of the UK (even if you hold a British passport), requirements may differ, and we suggest you contact Chinese Visa Application Service Center.

Your passport must be valid for 6 months from the date of your departure from China and should have at least 2 blank pages;

HOW THE VISA PROCESS WORKS

The Chinese Embassy will require all visa applicants aged 14-69 to attend their nearest China Visa Application Service Centre in person to provide biometric finger prints.

The process differs dependent on where you live in the UK, as it determines which Visa Centre you will be applying at.

Every applicant must visit one of the Visa Centre's in person at the time of their visa application submission.

The China Visa Application Service Centre are able collect your finger prints at their offices in London, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast.

Fingerprints are NOT required for anyone under the age of 14, or over the age of 69 (if you are 69, you still need to provide fingerprints).

An online application form must be completed, printed and signed per person.

You will need to be ready to submit your applications between 4-11 weeks prior to departure. So complete an online application 11 to 4 weeks before your travel date .

When completing the online application form, please use the version of the application form relative to the location you will be visiting.

Save your application before submitting it. Please note that once your application form is submitted online, you cannot make any amendments.

Print a colour copy and sign it (you will need this later).

Book a visit to a China Visa Centre in London, Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast.

VISITING THE LONDON,MANCHESTER, EDINBURGH OR BELFAST CENTRE

Appointments must be made directly with Visa Centre in London,Manchester, Edinburgh or Belfast via the Visa Centre website. (use your reference number to do so).

You must pre-book your appointment online in advance and arrive on time.

For passengers in Northern Ireland: a temporary Visa Application Centre will be opening in Belfast for 4 days per month. Outside of these dates, applicants must apply at one of the mainland UK visa centres (you cannot apply at the Dublin centre).

Bring your original passport (not a copy!) with you to your appointment as the embassy will keep your passport whilst your application is processed.

You will be required to collect your passport at a later date - this can take approximately up to 1 week, but please confirm exact dates at your appointment.

The Visa Centre may offer a post back service, however you would have to check with them directly and may cost you an additional fee.

IF YOU ARE AGED OVER 70 (NO NEED TO ATTEND A VISA CENTRE)

Complete an online application 11 to 4 weeks before your travel date.

When completing the online application form, please use London version of the application form, as this is where your application will be processed.

Save your application before submitting it.

Print a colour copy and sign it.

ChinaBirdTour is not quite sure but you may choose post or visit the Visa Application Centre at London to obtain the Chinese visa.Please check with Visa Application Centre at London.

THE ONLINE VISA APPLICATION FORM

The online application form is quite long and complex, therefore, ChinaBirdTour recommend you allow approximately 1-2 hours per application.  

Please note you will need to provide personal information such as previous work experience and previous education, we recommend you obtain this information prior to completing your form.

Once you start your application, please make a note of your application reference number . You can re-visit your application at any time, providing you have clicked the 'save' button which is located at the bottom of each page. 

Please find out different Online Application form for London, Manchester,Edinburgh,Belfast:

https://www.visaforchina.org

COMPLETING YOUR VISA FORM

Below is a step by step help guide with all the answers that you require for each section of the visa application form. This includes the relevant hotel information needed.

SECTION 1 - PERSONAL INFORMATION

Family name as per passport – please type your surname as it appears in your passport

Middle name – please type your middle name as it appears in in your passport (if you do not have a middle name, please leave blank)

Given name as per passport – please type your first name as it appears in your passport

Other name(s) – please type any previous names you may have including maiden name (please type N/A if not applicable)

Name as written in native language – please type your full name as per your passport.

Upload your photo – please scan a passport sized photo to upload in JPEG format only (please ensure your photo meets the required photo specifications as per our guidance)

PHOTOGRAPH SPECIFICATIONS according to:

https://bio.visaforchina.org/LON2_EN/generalinformation/faq/283378.shtml

The Chinese Embassy is extremely strict with regards to photographs, please ensure that you read the below specifications as this may result in your application being rejected when you attend the Visa Centre. See photo specifications as below:

Must be taken in a photobooth or by a professional photographer.

You cannot take this photo yourself.

Must be on a white background.

The photo must be different to the one in your passport and must be taken within 6 months.

Passport size photo.

Your fringe must be off your forehead.

Your head should be positioned in the centre of the photo.

It should show your full face (without smiling) and your face should be in the centre of the frame.

Your hair should be tucked behind your ears.

No sunglasses.

No glasses.

No jewellery.

No hats or scarves.

Once you have taken the photo in a photobooth/photographers, this will need to be scanned and uploaded to your computer as a JPEG file only and the file size must be 40KB-120KB,Even if your photograph is accepted on the online application form, if your photo does not meet the above requirements, the visa centre may ask you to have a new photograph taken on the day of your appointment. There is a photobooth available at the centre at an additional cost. 

Date of Birth – please enter your date of birth (yyyy-mm-dd)

Gender – please select your gender

Country of Birth – please select your country of birth (e.g. United Kingdom)

State/Province of birth – please type your county of birth (e.g. Kent)

City of birth – please type this as it appears in your passport

Material Status – please select

Current Nationality – please select your nationality (e.g. United Kingdom)

National ID number – if you hold a British passport, please tick 'Not applicable'

Do you hold any other nationality – please tick 'Yes' or 'No' if yes, please provide details

Do you holder permanent residence in any other country – please tick 'Yes' or 'No' if yes please provide details

Have you ever held any other nationality – please tick 'Yes' or 'No' if yes, please provide details

Type of passport/travel document - if you hold a standard passport, please tick 'ordinary'

passport number – please type your passport number as it appears in your passport (for British passport holders this is just the nine digit numbers only)

issuing country/region – please select the country your passport was issued in (e.g. United Kingdom)

issuing place – please type United Kingdom or the country your passport was issued

issuing authority – for British passport holders please type either IPS or HMPO as per your passport

issuing date – please type date of issue (yyyy-mm-dd)

expiration date – please type date of expiry (yyy-mm-dd)

lost/stolen passport/travel document – please tick 'Yes' or 'No' if yes, please provide details

We,ChinaBirdTour high recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 2 and make a note of your application reference number.

SECTION 2 - APPLICATION INFORMATION

Types of visa and major purpose of your visit to China – please select (L) Tourism, then select Independent Tourist

Visa validity – please type '24'

Maximum duration of longest stay – please type '30'. 

Entries – please tick 'Multiple' for British passport holders or 'Single' for any other nationality

Service – please select 'Normal'

ChinaBirdTour recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 3.

SECTION 3 - WORK INFORMATION

Current Occupation – please select from the dropdown list

Annual income – this needs to be in RMB, so you will need to convert your annual salary from GBP to RMB to complete this section. Use the conversion rate £1 = 8.5 RMB (approx.), e.g. if you earn £30k annually, you should work it out as follows; £30k x 8.5 = 255,000 RMB.

Work experience – please complete details of your current employer first, followed by your previous employer. If you are retired, please list your last employers - dates can be approximate. 

ChinaBirdTour recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 4.

SECTION 4 - EDUCATION

Language Skills – please type any language skills you have, including English (written and verbal).

Education since High (Secondary) School – please type details of previous, college, university or any other form of education you have attended since leaving Secondary School. If you tick 'Not Applicable' please give details.

ChinaBirdTour recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 5.

SECTION 5 - FAMILY INFORMATION

A:Country of current address – please select 'United Kingdom' (You must be a permanent resident of the UK to apply in the UK.)

B:State/Province of residence – please type your county of residence (e.g. Kent)

C:City of residence – please type your city of residence (e.g. Canterbury)

D:(there is no 5.1D field on the application form)

E:Postcode – please type your postcode

F:No./Street/Avenue – please type the first line of your address

Phone Number – please type your home number with no spaces. 

Mobile number – please type your mobile number with no spaces.

Email – please type your email address.

a.family member/spouse details - please give details of your spouse(there is no 5.5A field on the application form if you have selected single)

 b. family member/fathers details – please give details of your father or tick 'Not Applicable' if you tick 'Not Applicable' please give details

 c. family member/mothers details – please give details of your mother or tick 'Not Applicable' if you tick 'Not Applicable' please give details

 d. family member/childrens details – please give details of your children or tick 'Not Applicable'

 e. Do you have any immediate family in China (not including children or parents) – please tick 'Yes' or 'No'. if you tick 'Yes' please give details

ChinaBirdTour recommend you select 'Save' before proceeding to Section 6.

SECTION 6 - TRAVEL INFORMATION (can be found on ChinaBirdTour invitation letter)

Intended date of arrival – please type your arrival date (yyyy-mm-dd)(this can be found on ChinaBirdTour invittaion letter)

Flight/Ship/Train arrival Number – please type your flight number

City of arrival – please type your city of arrival : flight final destination such as Chengdu,Shanghai,Beijing etc. (this can be found on ChinaBirdTour invittaion letter)

County of arrival - please type one of the following: Chengdu-Shuangliu Qu, Beijing – Chao Yang Qu, Shanghai - Pudong Xinqu.This is the location of the airport.

Intended date of departure - please type the date you leave China (yyyy-mm-dd) (this can be found on ChinaBirdTour invittaion letter)

Flight/Ship/Train departure Number – please type your flight number

City of departure - please type the city of departure

County of departure - please type one of the following, Chengdu-Shuangliu Qu, Beijing – Chao Yang Qu, Xi’an – Weiyang Qu, Shanghai - Pudong Xinqu, this is the location of the depart airport

Destinations - please enter hotel details in order of arrival and departure

You only need to list a maximum of 3-5 hotels for this section.You must list these 3-5 hotels in the correct order in which you arrive or depart Chin according to ChinaBirdTour invitation letter.

Information of inviter,you can ALSO find at the bottom of the invitation letter. 

Name – Chengdu Everbright Int’l Travel Service Co.Ltd

relationship to you - Inviter

phone number - +86-28-85592870

email address – info@chinabirdtour.com

state/province - Sichuan

city - Chengdu

county – Wuhou

postcode - 610041

serial number – L-SC-GJ00008

Emergency contact – please give the following details of your emergency contact

Who will pay for your travel – please select 'organization' and give details of the 'inviter'. Please enter address - No.2,Long Teng Rd, Wuhou,Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China 610041

Domestic or foreign sponsor – please tick 'Not Applicable'

Travel companion – if you are travelling with anyone, please give details

SECTION 7 - TRAVEL INFORMATION IN THE PAST

previous visits to China – if you have travelled to China previously, please give details

previous China visa(s) – if you have been granted a China visa in the past, please give details

valid other countries visa – if you have any other valid visas for any country, please give details

countries visited in the last 5 years – if you have travelled to any other country in the last 5 years, please give details

SECTION 8 - OTHER INFORMATION

have you ever been refused a Chinese visa? – if yes, please give details

has your Chinese visa been cancelled? - if yes, please give details

have you ever entered China illegally, overstayed, or worked illegally? - if yes, please give details

do you have a criminal record in any other country? - if yes, please give details

do you have any serious mental disorder or infectious diseases? - if yes, please give details

have you ever visited any countries or territories where there has been an epidemic in the last 30 days? - if yes, please give details

Have you ever been trained, or do you have any special skills in the field of firearms, explosives, nuclear devices, biological or chemical products? - if yes, please give details

have you ever served in the military? - if yes, please give details

Have you served or participated in any paramilitary organisations, civil armed units, guerilla forces or rebellion organisations, or been a member thereof? - if yes, please give details

is there anything else you want to declare? - if yes, please give details

SECTION 9 - EMAIL INFORMATION

Do you choose to send your passport to the visa centre? – please tick ‘No’, all applications must visit a visa centre in person to give fingerprints

Are you collecting your passport? – if you would like to collect your own passport please tick ‘by visiting the visa centre’ if you would like your passport to be posted back to you, please tick ‘By post’ and give details

On Section 9, you will see a 'save' or 'submit' button. Please ensure all your answers are correct then you click the SUBMIT button.

SECTION 10 - DECLARATION/REVIEW

Please review all your answers on the application before declaring all information is correct. Please note once the visa form is completed, you will not be able to make any amendments. Any incorrect information will result you needing to complete a new application.

Declaration – please select ‘personal application’ if you are over the age of 18 years old. If you are under 18 years old, please select ‘Assisting another application’ – further details need to be completed by a parent.

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO MY APPOINTMENT?

Mandatory:

Passport - your physical current passport (6 months validity from arrival date to China and two blank pages).

Application Form - your fully completed and signed visa form printed in colour. 

Photograph - even though you upload your photograph online, please also take the original with you.

Passport Photocopy - coloured copy of your passport photo information page.

Entry/Exit details to/from China - a copy of your flight confirmation.

China invitation support letter - we will send you.

Your appointment confirmation - you must have an appointment confirmed

If applicable:

Non-EU passport holders will need to provide original proof of UK residency (UK visa or residence permit)

Coloured copy of any previous Chinese visas

If applicable, if you work in Government, Charities, Religious, Media or passengers under the aged of 18, then additional documentation will be required - please contact Chinese visa application service center.

WHERE ARE THE VISA CENTRES LOCATED?

12 Old Jewry

London

EC2R 8DU

tel: 0207 776 7888

ukcentre@visaforchina.org

Ground Floor

71 Mosley Street

Manchester

M2 3HR

tel: 0161 236 1070

manchestercentre@visaforchina.org


2nd Floor, Exchange Tower

19 Canning Street

Edinburgh

EH3 8EG

tel: 0131 229 2519

edinburghcentre@visaforchina.org

According to Visaforchina.org: It is advisable that you apply for your visa approximately one month prior to your intended date of entry into China, but not earlier than three months. If you apply for a visa too early, the visa might expire before your arrival to mainland China. For instance; if you plan to enter China on July 1, the best time to submit your application would be around June 1 (counting working days only).

Repeat again:

Please note ChinaBirdTour is acting as a local agent at China to provide the invitation letter and have no influence over the embassies decisions in granting a visa.

And final correct information on how to obtain the visa,please double check Chinese Visa Application Service Center website as criterion

https://www.visaforchina.org (for all countries)

2019 by ChinaBirdTour.com

 
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