China Visa Application in USA

 Visa Application Form of PRC

 Embassy of PRC in USA
  Detail Procedure for Application
  (How to Apply - Processing Time - Fees - Pick-up, etc)
  For Children Born in USA with Chinese Descent Going to China

How to Apply

Submit Your Application
1. You may submit the application to the Consular Office of the Embassy or Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside.
2. If you cannot come in person, you may entrust someone else or an agent to drop off your application at the consular office of the Embassy or Consulate-General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside.
3. No appointment is required.
4. Mailed applications are not acceptable and will be returned.

Processing Time

1. The regular processing time is 4 working days (e.g. submission on Monday, pick up on Thursday).
2. Express service: 2-3 working days processing, $20 will be charged per application.
3. Same day rush service: additional fee of $30 for 1 working day processing (applications presented before 12:00pm may be picked up in the afternoon on the same day).

Visa Fees

1. Please pay by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check. Cash or Personal/Company check is not acceptable.
2. Please make money order or checks payable to "Chinese Embassy".

Entry & Validity American Citizens Citizens of Other Countries
Single Entry for 3 Months USD 140 USD 30
Double Entry for 6 Months USD 140 USD 45
Multiple Entries for 6 Months USD 140 USD 60
Multiple Entries for 1 Year or 2 Years USD 140 USD 90
Multiple Entries for 10 Years USD 140 NA
* Here fees for some countries may differ from that listed above due to reciprocity, and will be charged accordingly by the Embassy.



1. On or after the pick-up date specified in the receipt, applicants can pay and pick up their passports themselves or by entrusted persons, travel agencies with the receipt. Please check your visa information carefully in the embassy, and contact the consular officer if there were any problem.
2. As of February 1st, 2010, the Consular Office of the Embassy in Washington DC will no longer provide mail back service. If anyone asks for mail back service, please contact travel agencies.

How to Identify if an Issued Chinese Visa is still Valid?

Please check carefully if the validity, number of entries and duration of stay on the obtained visa could still meet the need for the trip.

1. Validity (enter before) is the length of period that it is good for, namely from the issuing date to the deadline of entering China for the bearer of the visa. Given the number of entries are sufficient, the bearer is able to enter at anytime before 12:00am on the expiring date.

A visa becomes void once its period of validity expires regardless of whether its entries are used up or not. The holder should apply for a new visa if he or she intends to visit again. 

2. Entries is the number permitted to enter China during its validity. A visa becomes invalid if there is no more valid number of entries left. To use such a visa will lead to decline of entry. 

3. Duration of each stay refers to the longest period of time the bearer of a visa is permitted to stay in China from the date of entry on each visit. 

Under Chinese law, a foreign national who overstays his or her visa in China is subject to fine and other penalties. If it's necessary to stay longer than the duration of stay allowed, approval must be obtained from a local public security authority above county level 30 days before the duration of stay is running out. The bearer is permitted to stay without leaving once the application is approved.

- Last modified on May. 25, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application in USA
Asked by sebastian plettenberg from UNITED STATES | May. 24, 2021 19:38Reply
I traveled two month ago for a business trip to turkey does this impact my business visa application
Answers (1)
Answered by Leo | May. 25, 2021 02:27

No since it's 2 months ago.
Asked by Michael from USA | Apr. 26, 2021 13:08Reply
Is there someone that can help me correctly apply there at the embassy
I have been dating a lady there in China since last year and it is seriously connection. We talk about marriage and she does not want to come here but wants me to come there. We want to be together and I need to know how to get a visa to go there. I have received the Moderne CV-19 vaccine and willing to take any other vaccinations to travel either here or when I arrive there. My embassy location was in Houston, but transferred to Washington and I cannot reach them. I am reaching out for assistance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Justine | Apr. 26, 2021 19:46

I fully understand your mixed feelings, but it is really hard. You should apply for an S visa for private visit, but the S visa is not issued to non-emergency visit at present. Visa is issued for emergency humanitarian needs under the current pandemic control regulations. If you have a job offer or business in China, you can get a PU letter from China and try to apply for an M or Z visa.
Asked by Matthew Paulat from UNITED STATES | Apr. 12, 2021 15:59Reply
I , Matthew, need information about applying for a Visa to the country of China?
I need to know if which visa application do I qualify for and how do I fill it out properly?
How much will the total cost amount be ?
Do I need an invitation letter from the persons of whom I will be meeting in Beijing, China ?
I hope that your Organization can help me?
Answers (1)
Answered by Rachel | Apr. 19, 2021 01:44

The type of visa depends on your travel purpose.
For US citizens, a visa costs 140 dollars.
If you apply for a business visa, the invitation letter is required.
Asked by Hongsheng Liao from USAL | Oct. 26, 2020 19:26Reply
Is my 10-year visa still valid?
I am a US citizen and have a 10-year visa until December 24, 2025. Is this visa still valid or do I need to apply for a new visa? Thank you in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ruth | Oct. 29, 2020 19:05

Dear, it's still valid, but if you want to visit China during the epidemic control period, you need to get a new visa.
Asked by Brie from USA | Oct. 26, 2020 03:40Reply
Can US citizens apply for work visas right now?
Thank you for any assistance you can offer... I simply want to know, can I as a US citizen apply for a work visa to China right now? And if so, once the work visa is processed, could I go to China right now? I ask because a company is offering to give me a work visa, but according to the website for the Chinese consulate in Los Angeles, they are only allowing people who have expired visas to apply for new ones. The website also says that only people who ALREADY had residence permits (which I believe are only granted once you are already in China) can apply for new work visas. Can you clarify this? Thank you very much.
Answers (1)
Answered by Ares | Oct. 29, 2020 19:15

Actually, if the company can get a PU or TE invitation letter for you, then it's possible for you to apply for working visas right now.
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