Has anyone applied for a new Chinese work visa with these new regulations from within the UK? I cannot believe how many steps there are. My old visa has expired so I have to start the process afresh. The legalising process listed on the ever-out-of-date Chinese Embassy website is tedious and worryingly expensive (http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/lsfw/legalization/t1021900.htm). I calculate: 1) £50 per document for notary signature 2) £30 per document for the FCO online legalisation (https://www.get-document-legalised.service.gov.uk/select-service) 3) £15 per document for the final Chinese Embassy legalisation. (http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/lsfw/legalization/t1021882.htm) I have been told that I need to do this for my degree and the background check, so approximately £200 in total to get two documents legalised. Would anyone recommend using one of these websites claiming to be able to complete the process for set fees ( e.g: http://www.chinesevisadirect.co.uk/legalc.htm). On top of this, the health check is expensive (if done by the book) - various websites offering a health check for 'China visas' range from about £200-500 in total. Anyone know a handy workaround? How focused are they likely to be on this? Any help or advice naturally greatly appreciated.