The upcoming 11.11 and 12.12 online shopping festivals in China will be enjoyed by many. The UK Visas & Immigration has announced it will aim to process all visa applications submitted on or around these dates within their service standard of 15 working days and, for Priority Visa Service applicants, five working days.

However, due to the considerable impact these festivals have on the postal system, on which the UKVI rely to transport applications from its 12 visa application centres to its decision making centres in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou, applicants may notice some disruption to the service UKVI provide. Those who apply using the 24-hour Super Priority Visa Service in Beijing, Shanghai and Guangzhou will not be affected.

The British Embassy and British Consulate Generals in China therefore strongly advise customers planning to apply for a visa during this period to submit their applications as early as possible.

For assistance or further advise please contact our Immigration team.