IMPACT – MEDIUM

What is the change? Starting Friday, the Chinese Embassy in Sweden will require that visa applicants in Stockholm and Gothenburg provide biometrics and submit a new online form.

What does the change mean? Applicants will be required to appear in person at a pre-booked appointment to have their fingerprints scanned and collected at the Chinese Visa Application Service Centers in the two cities. The biometric scans must be renewed every five years.

  • Implementation time frame: Dec. 1.
  • Visas/permits affected: All Chinese visas.
  • Who is affected: Applicants ages 14 to 70 applying for Chinese visas in Stockholm and Gothenburg.
  • Business impact: Employees and assignees applying for visas should be aware of the additional requirement.
  • Next steps: Applicants must submit scanned fingerprints and fill out an online form at www.visaforchina.org.

BAL Analysis: Applicants should prepare for the additional steps and anticipate that Chinese embassies in other locations are likely to implement biometric visas as they have rapidly gained popularity in recent years.