Chinese Nationals will soon find it easier applying for UK Visas: Chancellor George Osborne announces this during his recent trade trip to China.
As reported by the BBC, under this new plan, Chinese Nationals will no longer need to apply for a separate UK Visa, when visiting Europe. This is all part of Britain’s plan to encourage more Chinese companies to invest into UK.
As it currently stands, Chinese nationals apply for a single visa to visit much of Europe, but a separate one is need to visit the UK. Experts believe that this extra paperwork is deterring many Chinese visitors from including the UK during their trip to Europe.
Mr Osborne announced at a speech in Beijing: “What I really want it to be about is strengthening the understanding between our two nations, deepening our friendship, working out where by working together we can improve the lives of all our citizens.”
It is widely felt that UK businesses would welcome the plans to relax Visa rules for the Chinese.
Mr Osborne went on to say :”Let me make this clear to you and to the whole of China, there is no limit to the number of Chinese who could study in Britain. There is no limit to the number of Chinese tourists who can visit. No limit on the amount of business we can do together.”
Next summer the UK will be launching a ‘Super Priority’ 24-hour Visa service for Chinese Nationals who want to visit the UK. It is hoped that this, along with the new relaxed rules, will increase the 210,000 UK Visas that were issues to Chinese Nationals last year.
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