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 Apr. 28, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application in USA
Asked by Grace Lau from USA | Aug. 08, 2019 11:33Reply
Can I apply for a tourist Visa before I fix the itinerary and flights/hotels?
Answers (1)
Answered by Paul from NEW ZEALAND | Aug. 08, 2019 20:11

Well, if you don't have an invitation letter from China, I think you have to make an itinerary first and book hotels and flights before making the visa. It's because tickets and hotel bookings are required for the application if you don't have an invitation letter. By the way, you can change your itinerary after getting the visa.
Asked by Israel from GERMANY | Aug. 05, 2019 16:25Reply
I live in germany
I live in Germany now but I’m still USA citizen - where can I apply for a tourist visa for me and my wife?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew from USA | Aug. 07, 2019 01:09

You can apply for it at the CVASC (Chinese Visa Application Service Center) in Germany.
Asked by Raj from USA | Jul. 25, 2019 18:23Reply
Applying for transit visa from Indiana, USA
Hi. I am Nepalese student travelling to Nepal from USA through 2 transits in China. On my outbound flight, I have less than 24 hr stay time in China, but on my inbound flight, the stay time exceeds 24 hours. Where do I apply for a transit visa? Can I apply for it in Nepal on my way back? And do I need a single entry or a double entry visa? Thanks in advance.
Answers (1)
Answered by Elinor from USA | Jul. 28, 2019 19:57

Dear, you can apply at Chinese Embassy in Nepal. And you just need to apply for single entry type as you can enjoy 24h visa exemption transit for your outbound flight itinerary.
Asked by Andrea Solomon from UNITED STATES | Jul. 12, 2019 08:33Reply
Location of Chinese embassy
Where is the Chinese embassy near Atlanta Georgia and can I walk in with my docments
Answers (1)
Answered by Olive from USA | Jul. 14, 2019 19:24

Dear, if you apply for Chinese visa, you can go to Chinese Consulate in Huston, which is located in 3417 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006. You can check out if it is possible for you to walk there.
Asked by Lou Ringe from USA | Jul. 07, 2019 21:23Reply
We live in New Mexico- Can we apply in the Consular office in New York City
Answers (1)
Answered by Peter from USA | Jul. 08, 2019 19:58

Hi, in principle, you may not apply in New York. You should apply at Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles.
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