The British Embassy at 21/F North Tower, Kerry Centre. 1 Guanghua Lu,Beijing 100020 handles
visa applications from people living in northern, central and western
China. Residents of Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu should apply
at the British Consulate-General in Shanghai; residents of Guangdong,
Guangxi, Fujian and Hainan should apply at the British Consulate-General
Before applying for a visa, please look at the appropriate information
leaflets, which can be downloaded from this website. The visa section
is also able to answer questions by telephone on (8610) (10) 8529 6600.
Every applicant must complete form IM2A. Any applicant who has
previously been refused entry to the UK should complete form IM2E
as well. Other forms may be necessary, depending on the category
of visa being applied for. All the forms can be downloaded from
this website. Visa forms are also available from 3pm to 4pm from
the visa section of the Embassy. Information leaflets are available
in English and Chinese. All forms and leaflets are free of charge.
Chinese applicants should write their names in both Chinese characters
and pinyin. They should write their address in China in Chinese
characters, and the address of their sponsors in the UK in English.
Private passport holders must make an appointment to submit an
application. To make an appointment please telephone (86 10) 8529
6077 between 0830 and 1500, Monday to Friday. (Click
here for more details)
For postal applications, a completed form, all relevant documents
and a copy of your passport (not the original) should be sent to
the Embassy who will reply with an appointment for the visa interview.
The fee should be sent as a postal order.
To avoid unnecessary delay, it is important to bring all original
documents with you and submit photocopies of them with your application.
For all applicants these documents must include: an application
form completed in English with two recent passport-sized photos;
a passport with a valid exit permit; evidence of your financial
standing and proof that you have sufficient funds for your proposed
visit; a letter from your host or sponsor in the UK to say he or
she will support and accommodate you during your stay, and evidence
that he or she can do so; and a letter from your employer granting
leave of absence and stating how long you have been employed and
in what capacity. If you wish to travel to the UK on business, the
company inviting you should provide a letter outlining its links
with your company and giving details of what you will be doing in
the UK. If the company is bearing the costs of the trip, they should
say so, and give details of accommodation.
Separate procedures apply for anyone seeking to work or settle
in the UK, students, and those seeking entry as dependants.
Please do not commit yourself to non-refundable expenditure on
the basis of a visa application.