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(STO) Expanded requirements for Chinese visa applications

The Chinese authorities in Stockholm have expanded the required information that applicants have to give when applying for visas.

Whether the applicant applies through the Chinese Online Visa Application system or through Comet’s simplified application form all information boxes must be filled if clicked ‘Yes’.
Page 1 and 8 in the visa application for China needs to be signed by the applicant. The signatures need to match the signature of the passport and it needs to be in original.
From 1 April 2019 the Chinese Embassy will no longer provide Urgent Service (2 working days) until further notice.

Due to exceptionally stricter rules for Chinese visa applications in Sweden we will adjust our prices
From March 25th we will adjust our prices to accurately reflect the increased service level that is needed to meet the new requirements from the Chinese authorities.

All orders for China will have an additional fee at 350 SEK (excl. VAT). This is to cover the extra resources needed to handle the China orders. The price increase will be temporary, and we will review our prices in about three months and see if China has diminished their requirements.

We will keep you updated about the current situation with Chinese authorities.

China (OSL): The Chinese Embassy in Oslo will release more online appointment slots for submitting visa applications

From 11th of March the Chinese Embassy in Oslo increases online appointment slots for delivering visa applications from 60 slots a day to 90 slots a day.

From the Chinese Embassy in Oslo:
”In order to do the utmost to tackle the recent problem of lack of online appointment timeslots for Chinese visa application, the Consular Section of the Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Kingdom of Norway will, as of 11th March 2019, temporarily increase office hour for Chinese visa application. After the adjustment, the office hour for visa application is: 9:00 – 11:30, 13:30 – 15:30 (working days).”

Russia (CPH): It is again possible to apply for a visa to Russia in Copenhagen

A new visa application center has opened and will in the future be in charge of processing applications as well as collecting the biometric data for all applicants applying for a visa in Denmark. 

VFS.GLOBAL is currently located at Cort Adelers Gade 4, 1053 Copenhagen K. 

Please make sure to see the updated process for applying for a visa in InfoBook

Comet’s dedicated time slots at CVS in Copenhagen will be changed

Starting from today our dedicated time slots for biometric appointments at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center will be changed. Time slots Tuesdays and Thursdays have been changed to 13:30 – 14:30.

Updated time slots from Wednesday November 7th:
Monday         09.00 – 10.00 Tuesday        13.30 – 14.30 Wednesday   09.00 – 10.00 Thursday       13.30 – 14.30 Friday            09.00 – 10.00

CVS in Oslo will implement biometrics on October 22nd

The Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Oslo will implement biometrics on October 22nd
From 22nd of October CVS in Oslo will capture applicants’ fingerprints as part of the visa application process.
We will soon introduce how Comet can help make the process as easy as possible as we are working on a sustainable solution in cooperation with the embassy.
Please be noted that fingerprints are not required for:
Children under 14 years of age and adults over 70 years of age Diplomatic passport holders and eligible official delegation members Applicants who have been fingerprinted and applied in Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Copenhagen with the same passport within five years Applicants who suffer from ten finger mutilation or whose fingerprints cannot be collected

Changes at the legalisation department at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (HEL)

The legalization department of Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Finland is moving to a new address.

The legalization departments customer service is closed 18.-26.10.2018. During that time period documents can be mailed for stamping, but processing time can take up to one week. 

From 29.10.2018 onward the legalization department is located:

Kanavakatu 3 B, 2. floor.

After the moving the new opening hours are: Monday-Wednesday 09.00-12.00.