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UNITED KINGDOM: Home Office Announces Launch of 24-Hour Visa Service for Chinese Nationals

On June 16, 2014, Home Secretary Theresa May announced further improvements in the processing of visitor visas for Chinese nationals.  Beginning in August, a priority 24-hour visa service will be rolled out across China for all visitor applicants for a fee of £600.

In the same speech, she confirmed that talks are ongoing between the UK and European partners to enable a single application procedure for both a UK and a Schengen visa, which allows travel to other EU countries at the same time.  Now those applying online will be able to automatically generate a partially completed Schengen form at the same time as they complete their UK application.  This facility was only available to tour groups but will be rolled out to independent travelers this summer.

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