Service Updates | Policy Changes | Upcoming closings

Dear Travellers,

Please consider listed below consulate closures, service availability and critical changes to visa application process and/or requirements when applying for your visas. Contact us should you need help with planning your visa applications.

AnyVisa Team

 

 

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Critical changes to application process or visa requirements
Service updates
Consulate Closings
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Changes to application process and visa requirements

CHINA - FINGERPRINTING IS NOW REQUIRED FOR ALL VISA TYPES
From 01/11/2018 visa applications will be required for all visa types for applicants 14 to 70 years of age inclusively. However, we were given a transitioning period until 11/11/2018 during which we can apply on behalf of our clients.

From 12/11/2018 all applicants must be present during submission to have their biometrics taken. AnyVisa representative will accompany all applicants submitting to the visa centre in London. We are working hard to accommodate those applicants who live closer to the visa cnetres in Manchester and Edinburgh and will make a separate announcement once we have a working solution. Our website is being updated with the new requirements, application process and service options. 

RUSSIA - EXPRESS SERVICE IN MANCHESTER
Express service is now available for applications submitted to the visa centre in Manchester. Processing time for such applications is 5-6 working days. With this change all three Russian visa centres in the UK have different processing times for both Express and Standard services. To check how long it takes to get a visa in the visa centre close to you, please see our website - business visa / tourist visa

CHINA - FINGERPRINTS FOR CERTAIN VISA TYPES
From 08/05/2018 Chinese consulate will start collecting fingerprints for some visa types from applicants aged 14 to 70 inclusively. The following visa types will required fingerprinting from 8th May 2018:

  • Chinese resident visa (D)
  • Work visa (Z)
  • Long-term study for over 180 days (X1)
  • Visiting family members or family reunion for more than 180 days (S1or Q1),
  • Resident journalist visa (J1)

The applicant must be present at the time of submission and will be accompanied by one of our staff. AnyVisa will still handle the submission of the documents, visa fee payment, visa collection and error checking. Fingerprinting will be required with every visa application regardless if the applicant has been fingerprinted for a previous visa application. Check work visa requirements

CHINA - FINGERPRINTS FOR ALL VISA TYPES
Business and tourist travellers will not be required to submit fingerprints. Chinese Visa Application Centre is currently testing the new system and will roll out mandatory fingerprinting for all visa types, including business and tourism travel, in the future. This can be from 3 months from now to potentially end of this year/beginning of the next. AnyVisa will notify you as soon as there is an update from the Visa Centre. Check business / tourist visa requirements.

RUSSIA - INCREASED PROCESSING TIME
The consulate has just announced that the processing of visa applications changes to - Standard service to 20 working days and Urgent service to 3 working days. They have not specified if there will be a daily limit on urgent service and if so, how they will allocate the spaces. We are monitoring the situation and will provide further updates once available. Apply for Tourist visa | Business visa.

 

 

Service updates

AnyVisa Office
AnyVisa will be closed for Christmas and New Year holidays over the following dates:
24/12/2019 - we are closed from 2pm
25/12/2019-26/12/2019
31/12/2019
01/01/2020
Please see the Contact Us page for our general opening hours along with location and contact details.

Bike Couriers
As a general rule, bike couriers are extremely busy on Fridays with deliveries stretching for hours.

Bike couriers are usually much busier during the Christmas and New Year holidays. Delivery times could be increasing to several hours

Royal Mail
Royal Mail will not be delivering or collecting Special Deliveries over the following dates:

Posted on:
Delivered on:
23/12/2019
24/12/2019
24/12/2019
27/12/2019
25/12/2019 - no deliveries or collections
 
26/12/2019 - no deliveries or collections
 
27/12/2019
28/12/2019 or 30/12/2019 depending on the service
28/12/2019 - normal deliveries and Saturday collections
 
29/12/2019 - no deliveries or collections
 
30/12/2019
31/12/2019
31/12/2019
02/01/2020 Except Scotland
01/01/2020 - no deliveries or collections
 
02/01/2020
03/01/2020

DHL and International Couriers
DHL will run restricted service over the Christmas and New Year. For latest updates, please contact DHL or check their last posting dates.

 

 

Consulate Closings

Contact us should you need help with planning your applications.

Angola
Closed every Wednesday; Monday-Tuesday submission only; Thursday-Friday collection only

Algeria
Closed on Mondays

Bangladesh
Not reported

Belarus
Closed every Wednesday

Brazil
Not reported

China
London, Edinburgh, Manchester
25-26/12/2019
01/01/2020

Additional closing dates for Manchester
02/12/2019
02/01/2020

Congo (DRC)
Normal service applications are released by the consulate only on Wednesdays and Fridays

France
Christmas and New Year

India
25/12/2018, 26/12/2018
01/01/2020
10/03/2020
10/04/2020, 13/04/2020
08/05/2020, 25/05/2020
31/08/2020
02/10/2020
30/11/2020
25/12/2020, 28/12/2020

 

Russia
London, Edinburgh, Manchester
01/01/2020-08/01/2020

Additional closing dates for Manchester
25/12/2019-26/12/2019

Saudi Arabia
Not reported

Sierra Leone
Closed every Friday

Turkmenistan
Closed on Wednesdays

Thailand
Not reported

 

 

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