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Home > Visas to China > Guidelines for Visa Applications
Part Two: How to make a visa application
2013/08/31

 

1.     Basic Documents

 

(1)  Passport

 

Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.

 

(2)  Visa Application Form and Photo

 

One completed Visa Application Form with a recently-taken colour passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a white background attached (Photo Requirements for Chinese Visa Application)

 

(3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship)

 

If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid visa or certificate of stay, residence, employment or student status of the country where you are currently staying.

 

(4) Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)

 

If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport and a photocopy of its data page.

 

If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

 

2. Supporting Documents

 

C Visa

 

A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China

 

D Visa

 

The original and photocopy of the Confirmation Form for Foreigners Permanent Residence Status issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China.

 

We kindly remind you that:

 

Holders of D Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

F Visa

 

An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:

 

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

 

(2) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

 

(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

 

G Visa

 

An onward air (train or ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region.

 

J1 Visa

 

Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

 

Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance and complete relevant formalities.

 

We kindly remind you that:

 

Holders of J1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

J2 Visa

 

Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China or other authorized units in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

 

Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance and complete the required formalities.

 

L Visa

 

Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation letter should contain:

 

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

 

(2) Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.)

 

(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual) 

 

M Visa

 

Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain:

 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

 

b) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

 

c) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

 

Q1 Visa

 

For family reunion, the following documents are required:

 

(1)  An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:

 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

 

b) Information on the visit ( purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting  individual, financial source for expenditures)

 

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.)

 

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID of the inviting individual or foreign passport and permanent residence permit.

 

Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual.

 

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

 

For foster care, the following documents are required:

 

(1)Foster entrustment notarization issued by Chinese Embassies/Consulates General in foreign countries or Foster Care Power of Attorney notarized and authenticated in the country of residence or in China

 

(2)Original and photocopy of the consignor's passport(s), as well as the original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship between parents and children.

 

(3)A letter of consent on foster care issued by the trustee living in China who has agreed to provide foster care services and a photocopy of the ID of the trustee.

 

(4)A photocopy of the certificate indicating the permanent residence status abroad of the parent(s) when the child was born, provided that either or both parents of the child are Chinese citizens.

 

We kindly remind you that:

 

Holders of Q1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

Q2 Visa

 

(1)An invitation letter by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:

 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

 

b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures)

 

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact number, address, signature etc.)

 

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual

 

R Visa

 

The applicant should submit relevant certification in accordance with relevant regulations, and meet the relevant requirements of the competent authorities of the Chinese government on high-level talents and individual with special skills urgently needed by China,

 

S1 Visa

 

(1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

 

b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place of intended residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)

 

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

 

(2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's passport and residence permit

 

(3)Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of immediate family members between applicants and inviting individual.

 

"immediate family members " refers to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18, parents-in-law.

 

We kindly remind you that:

 

Holders of S1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

S2-Visa

 

For visiting family members for a short period, the following documents are required:

 

(1)An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

 

b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)

 

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

 

(2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's (a foreigner who stays or lives in China for work or studies) passport and residence permit

 

(3) Photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between the applicant and the inviting individual.

 

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

 

For private affairs, documentation identifying the nature of the private affairs should be provided as required by the consular officer.

 

X1-Visa

 

(1) Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.

 

(2) Original and photocopy of "Visa Application for Study in China" (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

 

We kindly remind you that:

 

Holders of X1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

X2-Visa

 

Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.

 

Z-Visa

 

One of the following documents for those who shall stay for more than 90 days after entry:

 

(1) Foreigners Employment Permit of the People's Republic of China, both original and copy,or Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit in the People's Republic of China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security.

 

(2) Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts, both original and copy.

 

(3) Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries(regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration.

 

(4) An approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs , both original and copy.

 

(5)Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in Chinaissued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation, both original and copy.

 

One of the following documents for those who shall stay no more than 90 days after entry:

 

(1) Foreigners Employment Permit of the People's Republic of China and Approval of Short-Term Employment For Foreigners Working in China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security, both original and copy.

 

(2) An approval document for commercial performances and Approval of Short-Term Employment For Foreigners Working in China issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs, both original and copy.

 

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of Z Visa which duration of stay is more than 30 days shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

Special Reminder

 

(1) The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter.

 

(2) If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other documents or supplementary materials, or require an interview with the applicant.

 

(3) The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.

 

(4) For further details, please visit the web-site of the relevant Chinese Embassy or Consulate General.

 

3. How to apply

 

(1) Applicants for diplomatic visas, public service visas, courtesy visas or visas/entry permits to Hong Kong need to approach the Chinese Embassy or the Chinese Consulate General in your consular service area.  Appointments are not required. Postal applications are not accepted.

 

(2) Applicants for ordinary visas may submit their applications at the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre. (Details are available at the website: www.visaforchina.org). Appointment should be made online in advance before applications are submitted. The Chinese Visa Application Service Centre accepts postal applications.

 

(3) Some applicants may be required to attend an interview or to verify the signatures on the application documents at the Chinese Embassy or the Chinese Consulate General, if necessary.

 

4. Application processing schedules at the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre

 

(1) Standard service: the visa will be ready for collection on the fourth working day;

(2) Express service: the visa will be ready for collection on the third working day (subject to approval);

(3) Group visa applications require five working days to process. There are no express services for group applications.

 

5. Visa application service fees and payments

 

(1) Visa fees for standard service:

Number of Entries

British Citizens

Argentine Citizens

American Citizens

Canadian Citizens

Israeli Citizens

Citizens of other countries

Single entry

£85

£115

£90

£55

£22

£20

Double entries

£85

£115

£90

£55

£22

£30

Multiple entries in half a year

£85

£115

£90

£55

£22

£40

Multiple entries for one year or more than one year

£85

£115

£90

£55

£22

£60

(2) Express service: An additional visa fee of £15 per visa will be charged. (Please note not all nationalities are eligible for express service.)

(3) Service fees of Chinese Visa Application Service Centre

Standard service: £66 (including VAT)

Express service: £78 (including VAT)

Postal service: £90 (including VAT)

Note: Total visa charge = (visa fees +service fee) * number of persons in the group

 

6. Notes

 

(1) Each item of the application form must be filled truthfully, clearly and completely. Any false information, missed items or illegible handwriting may lead to delay of the application processing or even refusal of the visa application.

 

(2) According to Chinese laws and regulations, Visa officers make decisions on the validity period, number of entries, and the duration of each stay of a visa.

 

(3) According to Chinese laws and regulations, Visa officers may interview certain applicants and collect their 10 fingerprints. 

 

(4) Authoritative interpretation remains with the Embassy should there be any change to the information above.

 

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