96% of applicants in China get UK visa, says Harper

In China 96% of applicants get a visa and the vast majority are processed within 15 days, Immigration Minister Mark Harper has said.

In a recent address to key tourism and retail groups, the minister said Chinese visitor numbers to the UK are at a record high and out 27 possible EU countries, up to one fifth of Chinese visitors choose the UK.

Mr. Harper outlined the excellent service already being provided as well as the significant improvements that have been made to ensure visa process for Chinese visitors is even quicker and easier.

These include the extension of the popular five day priority visa service and a new passport pass-back service which allows customers to keep their passports whilst their visa is being processed.

“China is a priority market for the UK and we have already made a number of improvements to the service we offer to legitimate Chinese visitors,” Mr Harper said. “The figures show that the UK gets its fair share of visitors, however we are ambitious to continue to improve our world class visa service and attract even more visitors to Britain.”

For business travellers a VIP mobile visa service has been introduced where applicants can apply for their visa and provide their biometric information to a visa officer who comes to their place of work. In the future the online application forms and guidance will be translated into Chinese to make the visa process even more accessible.

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