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. 24, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application in USA
Asked by Luis Aloma from UNITED STATES | May. 22, 2020 08:59Reply
Needed for 10-year tourist visa for Hon Kong.
I am a US Citizen. I will be applying for a 10-year visa to visit Hong Kong. Will I need the information below to use.
- Do I need an exact entry and exit date on my application?
- Airline reservations
- My accommodation location while in Hong Kong
Answers (1)
Answered by Eddie from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 24, 2020 20:35

Actually you don't need to apply for this, because you can enjoy HK visa-free policy each time when you enter.
Asked by Scott H from USA | Jan. 18, 2020 23:35Reply
Visa-free transit or visa application time and cost
I'm an American but am a permanent resident of Japan. I plan to fly to Hangzhou on 2/11 from Osaka, Japan, and plan to return to Osaka on 2/14. If I'm correct, I don't think I qualify for the visa-free transit. If I have to get a visa, how quickly can I get it in Osaka? And the cost is $140US, right?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from JAPAN | Jan. 19, 2020 17:50

Scott, you are right that you don't qualify for the visa-free transit because of your route. If you use urgent service at the Osaka visa center, the processing time is two working days. The regular service takes 4 working days. Regular service costs 20,000 yen. Urgent service costs 29,000 yen.
Asked by Anthony Everett Polk from UNITED STATES | Jan. 04, 2020 19:20Reply
After submitting my tourist visa application to LA can the visa be mailed to my Phoenix home?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from USA | Jan. 05, 2020 22:43

No, the consulate does not offer post-return service.
Asked by Keith Rudge from UNITED STATES | Jan. 02, 2020 18:04Reply
Visa Question
I am traveling to Shanghai (and Yongkang, Yuwi) on business from Feb. 15-21. I live in Seymour, IN. How long will it take to receive visa? Do I have to apply in person? It looks like the closest embassy is in Chicago.
Answers (1)
Answered by Charlie from USA | Jan. 05, 2020 22:20

Normally it takes four working days to receive visa. You can either apply in person or ask an agent to do this for you. Yes, you are right. You should apply from the Chinese consulate in Chicago.
Asked by Mic Mercier from USA | Dec. 24, 2019 21:34Reply
How long is the duration of stay for Multiple entry visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Stephan from USA | Dec. 25, 2019 18:01

It ranges from 30 days to 120 days.
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