UK Visas from China for Chinese Citizens 2021: Statistics, Application Fees and Processing Times

This relates to UK Visas for Chinese Citizens 2021. Accordingly provides the details of Statistics, Application Fees and Processing Time for Visit, Tourist, Student, Work and Family (Spouse) Visa Applications from China. Please note, the UK 6-months visit visa in China is aka England, London, Tourist Visa for Chinese Citizens.

1. Overview 2. Visitor 3. Student 4. Spouse and Family 5. Work Visa 6. Premium Services 7. Exemptions

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1. Overview

UK Visas for Chinese Citizens 2021

What are the Chances of Getting a UK Visa from China?

During 2019, 837,644 Chinese nationals applied for the UK Visa. Accordingly, 836,022 decisions made, 813,531 UK visas granted, 21,891 applications rejected, 599 applications withdrawn and only one application lapsed. The UK visa success and refusal rate in 2019 from China was 97.30% and 2.61%, respectively. Therefore, the chances of getting a visa for Chinese nationals are quite high.

Impact of Coronavirus

During 2020, only 128,926 Chinese nationals applied for the UK Visa due to Coronavirus pandemic. Accordingly, 144,526 decisions made, 140,917 UK visas granted, 3,184 applications rejected, 423 applications withdrawn, and two applications lapsed. The UK visa approval and rejection rate in 2020 for Chinese nationals is 97.50% and 2.20%, respectively.

For latest updates and details please refer to UK Visa Coronavirus (Covid-19) Guidance.

Application Fees

The UK visa charges in China is different for diverse types of applications. Therefore, the UK visa fees in China can be as low as ¥328 or ¥890 for transit or 6-month visit, respectively. However, the UK visa fees for Chinese citizens can be as high as ¥9,569 or ¥14,273 for innovator or spouse application, respectively. Moreover, depending on the visa type, a Chinese national may also opt for priority service for fast tracking application by paying additional charges. Nevertheless, in all the instances an applicant needs to pay the UK Embassy fees in China online.

Indeed, the Home Office usually revises the application fee only once every year, therefore, the UK application charges in GBP remains the same during the year. However, due to the exchange rate fluctuations, the cost of UK visa from China may vary during the year. Furthermore, please note in this post the exchange rate @ CHY 9.37 to a British Pound Sterling is used for calculating the price in Chinese Yuan Renminbi.

Processing Time

The UK visa processing time from China starts when an applicant submits application with required documents and biometrics at one of the Application Centres (UKVAC). In fact, the UK visa processing time from China varies on case to case basis. However, most of the non-settlement applications from China are decided within 7-10 working days. Moreover, the UK spouse settlement visa processing time from China is usually sixty working days.

At times only a fraction of the applications from China might experience delays in processing. Indeed, there could be several varied reasons for delays in UK visa processing.

Moreover, due to the ongoing global impact of Coronavirus (Covid-19), disruptions to local travel and courier routes have increased UK visa processing time in some regions and countries. These delays mean that it may take longer than usual for UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) to assess entry clearance applications. Accordingly, the UK non-settlement visa (such as visit, tourist, work, student) processing time after biometrics during coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic may take more than 15 working days (3 weeks). Moreover, the settlement visa (spouse or family under Appendix FM) processing time after biometrics for applications from outside the UK may take more than sixty working days (12 weeks).

What to do if the UK visa is refused?

Empirically, the UK visa refusal rate from China is quite low. Nevertheless, after a refusal decision, an applicant can either reapply or challenge a refusal decision by filing an appeal, administrative review or judicial review. Please note there is no right of appeal against the refusal of visitor visa. However, a Chinese passport holder has the option of either re-applying or filing an immigration judicial review against the refusal.

2. Visitor

UK Visas for Chinese Citizens 2021

Statistics

In 2019, 665,027 Chinese nationals applied for the UK visitor visa. However, in 2020, only 41,098 Chinese nationals applied for a UK visitor visa. Accordingly, 54,845 applications resolved, 51,864 visitor visas granted to Chinese nationals, 2,720 applications rejected, 259 applications withdrawn, and 2 applications lapsed. The UK visitor visa success and refusal rate from China in 2020 is 94.56% and 4.95%, respectively.

Fees

A Chinese national can apply for 6 months, 2, 5 and 10 years standard visitor visa. The most common and popular application for tourism, family and business visits is for 6 months standard visitor visa or the 30-day ADS for Chinese Tour Groups. In fact, usually, a fresh applicant applies for the 6 months multi-entry visa for tourism or family visit. Accordingly, the 6 months tourist or visitor visa fees from China is ¥890. Moreover, at times applicants also refer the UK 6 months visa as England or London visit visa from China. A repeat visitor can also apply for a long-term visitor visa for tourism and family purpose. Accordingly, the UK tourist visa fees in China for 2, 5 and 10 years visa application are ¥3,383, ¥6,139, and ¥7,704, respectively.

The UK visa price in China for infants under 5 and children under 18 are same as that for adults.

Please see Table No. 1 for complete details of UK Visitor and Temporary Visa Fees from China in 2021.

UK Priority Visitor Visa Fees in China for Chinese Citizens

The UK priority visa fees in China 2021 is ¥2,062 (£220) for fast tracking visitor applications within 5-working days instead of 3-12 weeks. The UK visa fees in China for 6-month, 2, 5 and 10-year visitor visa applications with priority service are ¥2,952, ¥5,445, ¥8,201, and ¥9,766, respectively.

The 24-hour same day super priority visa UK cost in China is ¥8,960 (£956). Accordingly, the UK visa fees China for 6-months, 2, 5, 10 years visitor application with super-priority service is ¥9,850, ¥12,343, ¥15,099, and ¥16,664, respectively.

3. Student

UK Visas for Chinese Citizens 2021

Statistics

During 2019, 159,683 Chinese nationals applied for UK student visa. However, in 2020, only 83,590 student visa applications made by Chinese citizens because of Coronavirus restrictions. Accordingly, 84,931 applications resolved, 84,604 student visas granted, 235 applications rejected, 92 applications withdrawn, and no application lapsed. The UK student visa success and refusal rate from China in 2020 is 99.61% and 0.27%, respectively.

Fees

In fact, the UK student visa (previously Tier 4) fees in China to study in London or elsewhere in England or Britain is ¥3,261 (£348). Moreover, the UK visa fees from China for child students and dependants is also ¥3,261. The UK student visa cost in China with 5-day priority and 24-hour super-priority service is ¥5,323 (£568) and ¥12,221 (£1,304), respectively.

4. Family

UK Visas for Chinese Citizens 2021

How many Chinese Get the UK Family Settlement Visa?

During 2019, 1,250 family settlement visa applications submitted by Chinese nationals. However, in 2020, only 556 Chinese nationals made applications for UK family settlement visa applications. Accordingly, 668 applications resolved, 618 visas granted, forty-six applications refused, 4 applications withdrawn, and no application lapsed. The UK family (spouse) visa success and refusal rate from China in 2020 is 92.51% and 6.88%, respectively.

UK Spouse Visa Fees in China 2021

The UK spouse visa fees in China are ¥14,273 (£1,523) for married or unmarried civil (or same-sex) partner. Moreover, the UK embassy visa fees in China are same for a fiancé(e) and proposed civil partner. The fee for priority settlement service is ¥5,370 (£573) for fast tracking spouse applications within thirty working days (6 weeks). Therefore, the UK priority spouse visa fees in China is ¥19,643 (£2,096).

Please see Table No. 2 for complete details of UK Family Settlement Visa Fees from China in 2021.

UK Spouse Visa Processing Time from China

The service standard of UK spouse visa processing time from China is to decide 95% and 100% of settlement applications within 12 and 24 weeks, respectively. Moreover, the service standard for UK spouse priority visa timelines from China is thirty working days or 6 weeks. Indeed, quite a few applicants from China are opting for UK spouse priority visa service. Therefore, more than 35-40% of the spouse applications by Chinese national are usually decided within thirty working days or 6 weeks. And a vast majority of the spouse visa applications normally conclude within sixty working days. However, at times 5-10% of the spouse settlement applications from China may remain outstanding even after 90-120 working days.

5. Work

UK Visas for Chinese Citizens 2021

How Many Chinese Get the UK Work Visa?

During 2019, 6,440 work visa applications submitted by Chinese nationals. However, in 2020 only 2,354 work visa applications made by Chinese. Accordingly, 2,506 applications decided, 2,449 work visas issued, forty-six applications rejected, eleven applications withdrawn, and no application lapsed. The UK work visa success and refusal rate from China in 2020 was 97.72% and 1.83%, respectively.

Please note, UK work visa from China means a:

  • Tier 1 High Value Migrant Visa
  • Skilled Worker Visa (inclusive of Shortage Occupation and NHS Worker), which has replaced the PBS Tier 2 Skilled Worker
  • T2 Sportsperson and Minister of Religion
  • Tier 5 Temporary Worker
  • Non-PBS and New Work Visa such as Innovator, Startup or Global Talent Visa

Changes in UK Work Visas from China

The innovator, start-up, and global talent visa has replaced the Tier 1 Entrepreneur, Graduate Entrepreneur and Tier 1 Exceptional Talent, respectively. The UK Skilled Worker, Intra Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson, T2 Minister of Religion and T5 Temporary Worker Visa has replaced the Tier 2 GeneralTier 2 Intra-company Transfer (ICT)Tier 2 SportspersonTier 2 Minister of Religion and Tier 5 Temporary Worker Visa, respectively.

UK Embassy Work Permit Fees in China 2021

The Tier 2 visa application price [¥5,717 (£610)] is referred to as UK embassy work visa (work permit) fees in China. Please note: PBS Tier 2 replaced the UK work permit route in 2008. However, the Skilled Worker visa has replaced the Tier 2 route in 2021.

Please see Table No. 3 for complete details of UK Work Visa Fees from China in 2021.

CESC Discount

A Council of Europe Social Charter (CESC) discount of ¥515 (£55) applies for main applicants under the following routes:

  1. Innovator
  2. Start-up
  3. Global Talent initial application
  4. Global Talent subsequent application
  5. Tier 1 Entrepreneur
  6. Skilled Worker
  7. Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion
  8. Intra-Company Transfer – Graduate Trainee
  9. T5 (Temporary Worker)

6. Services

UK Visas for Chinese Citizens 2021

Priority Visa UK Fees China

The Priority Visa UK Fees in China to fast track non-settlement and settlement (spouse) visa applications is ¥2,062 (£220) and ¥5,370 (£573), respectively. The 24-hour same-day Super-Priority Visa UK Fees in China is ¥8,960 (£956).

Please see Table No. 4 and Table No. 5 for complete details of UK Premium Visa and Other Services Cost in China.

Who may use priority visa service from China?

It is advisable to use UK priority service to fast track only a straightforward application from China. A straightforward application means that the credentials of the applicant are immaculate, without any past refusals and adverse immigration history. Moreover, purchasing priority service does not influence the result.

Who may use super-priority visa service from China?

In fact, the super-priority service from China for a visitor visa application is not available to the citizens of Commonwealth countries, overseas domestic workers, and customers from British Overseas Territories. Therefore, most of the applicants can’t avail it for visitor visa applications.

How to pay for the priority and super-priority service?

Please note: a few years ago, the UK visa online application form does not have the option for payment of priority service. Accordingly, an applicant needed to purchase the priority service separately. However, presently, most of the applicants usually pay for the priority and super-priority visa fee at the time of finalising the online application form. Therefore, only a few applicants opt for paying the priority and super service fee separately.

Does the Priority Service guarantee anything?

No, certainly the priority or super-priority service does not guarantee a favourable result. Moreover, payment for priority service does not even guarantee a quick decision. However, the UKVI usually expedite the processing of priority application. However, informs via email if the priority visa does not process within 5 working days!

7. Exemptions

UK Visas for Chinese Citizens 2021

The following types of applicants are exempt from paying the UK visa fees 2020 in China:

  1. Diplomatic Posting to the UK
  2. Diplomatic Posting to the UK (Dependant)
  3. Members of International Organisations on Official Visits
  4. Official Transit through the UK.
  5. Official Visit to the UK
UK 6 Month Visit, Tourist, Student, Spouse Visa Fees China 2021

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UK Visa Fees in China

Table No. 1 UK Visitor and Temporary Visa Fees from China 2021

TypeFees
Visit Visa Price for 6 months¥890 (£95)
2 Year Visit Visa Cost¥3,383 (£361)
5 Year Visit Visa¥6,139 (£655)
10 Year UK Visa Charges¥7,704 (£822)
Visiting Academic – more than 6 months but no more than 12 months¥1,781 (£190)
Private Medical Treatment – more than 6 months but not more than 11 months¥1,781 (£190)
Marriage Visitor Visa¥890(£95)
UK Permitted Paid Engagement Visa30 days¥890(£95)
Chinese Tour Group (ADS)¥890(£95)
Short-Term Study – English Language – more than six months (up to 11 months)¥1,743 (£97)
Direct Airside Transit (DATV)¥328 (£35)
Visitor in Transit visa¥600 (£64)
Visit purpose of joining a ship or aircraft as a member of crew of that ship or aircraft (fee also applicable to the Isle of Man)¥600 (£64)
Parent of a Student Child visa (up to 12 months) (Tier 4 Isle of Man)¥4,836 (£516)

Table No. 2 UK Family Visa from China 2021

TypeFees
Family visas – partner, parent, proposed civil partner or child¥14,273 (£1,523)
Settlement – other dependant relative¥30,459 (£3,250)
Adult who needs to be looked after by a relative¥30,459 (£3,250)
Settlement – refugee dependant relative¥3,636 (£388)
Former UK Armed Forces¥14,273 (£1,523)
Pre 1997 Gurkhas (outside immigration rules)¥14,273 (£1,523)
Overage dependant children of pre 1997 Gurkhas¥14,273 (£1,523)
HM Forces dependants applying under part 4,5,7 or 8 of Appendix Armed Forces¥14,273 (£1,523)
Family member of an EEA or Swiss national – EEA Family PermitFree of Charge
Family member of an EEA or Swiss national – EUSS Family Permit ApplicationsFree of Charge
Parent / primary carer of an EEA national childFree of Charge
Returning residents¥4,836 (£516)
Family reunion, under Part 11 of Asylum, Immigration Rules (pre-flight dependants)Free of Charge
Post flight- Non- Settled person (Family reunion for asylum seekers)¥14,273 (£1,523)
Family reunion – other dependent relatives (Family reunion for asylum seekers)¥3,636 (£388)

Table No. 3 UK Work Visa Fees from China 2021

TypeFees
Start-up Visa¥3,402 (£363)
Innovator Visa¥9,569 (£1,021)
Global Talent - Stage 1 - endorsement application - main applicant¥4,274 (£456)
Global Talent - Stage 2 - entry clearance application - main applicant¥1,425 (£152)
Global Talent - subsequent application¥5,698 (£608)
Global Talent - dependants¥5,698 (£608)
Tier 1 High Value Migrants
Tier 1 Investor– main applicant and dependants¥15,211 (£1,623)
Tier 1 Entrepreneur main applicant and each dependant¥9,569 (£1,021)
Graduate Entrepreneur – – dependants only¥3,402 (£363)
Tier 1 Exceptional Talent – dependants only¥5,698 (£608)
Skilled Worker
Skilled worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants¥5,717 (£610)
Skilled Worker, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants¥11,434 (f£1,220)
Shortage Occupation
Skilled Worker, shortage occupation where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants¥4,349 (£464)
Skilled Worker, shortage occupation, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants¥8,697 (£928)
Health and Care
Skilled Worker Health and Care Visa where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less - main applicant and dependants¥2,174 (£232)
Skilled Worker – Health and Care Visa – where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants¥4,349 (£464)
Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson, T2 Minister of Religion
Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion, where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for three years or less – main applicant and dependants¥5,717 (£610)
Intra-Company Transfer, T2 Sportsperson & T2 Minister of Religion where a certificate of sponsorship has been issued for over three years – main applicant and dependants¥11,434 (£1,220)
Intra-Company Transfer – Graduate Trainee – main applicant and dependants¥4,517 (£482)
T5 Temporary Worker
T5 (Temporary Worker) Seasonal Worker, Religious Worker, Charity Worker, Creative and Sporting Worker, International Agreement Worker, Government Authorised Exchange Worker and Youth Mobility Scheme – main applicant and dependants¥5,717 (£610)
Other UK Work Visa Fees in China 2021
Representatives of overseas businesses¥5,717 (£610)
An employee of an overseas newspaper, news agency or broadcasting organisation¥5,717 (£610)
UK Ancestry Visa¥4,836 (£516)
Turkish businessperson and dependantsFree of Charge
Overseas domestic worker in a private household¥4,836 (£516)
Offshore worker¥4,836 (£516)
Fisherman operating inside UK waters¥4,836 (£516)
Sheep Shearer¥4,836 (£516)

Table No. 4 UK Visa Priority Service Fees in China 2021

ServiceFees
30-Day Priority Visa UK Fees China - Settlement (Spouse, Family)¥5,370 (£573)
5-Day Priority Visa UK Fees China - Non Settlement (Temporary Visit, Student, Work)¥2,062 (£220)
24 Hour UK Super Priority Visa Fees¥8,960 (£956)
International contact centre - via telephone (per minute)¥6 (£1.37)
International contact centre - via email (per query)¥26 (£5.48)
Registered Traveller Service - Adult¥469 (£50)
Registered Traveller Service - Child¥225 (£24)
Registration of new documents¥187 (£20)

Table No. 5 UK Visa Fees for Other Services in China 2021

HM Forces personnel or Member of foreign armed force – exempt from immigration control (non-settlement)Free of Charge
Dependants of exempt international forces applying under Part 10 of Appendix Armed Forces (non-settlement)¥4,836 (£516)
FCO Strategic performance fund and bilateral projectsFree of Charge
Receiving/handling/ forwarding applications on behalf of Commonwealth Countries/Overseas Territories¥1,321 (£141)
Vignette Transfer (transfer of a valid visa vignette to a new passport)¥1,443 (£154)
Single-entry visa application for replacing a lost Biometric Residence Permit (BRP)¥1,443 (£154)
Certificate of entitlement (Right of Abode)¥3,636 (£388)
User Pays Visa Application Centre (VAC)¥515 (£55)
Mobile biometrics/callout charge (for each hour or part hour including travel time (direct cost)¥1331 (£142)

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