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. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application in USA
Asked by Cristina from USA | Apr. 23, 2019 14:57Reply
10-year M category visa
I went to China last year with a M category visa and I think I got it for ten years because on my viSa it says enter before 2028. Do I need to get a new visa or not ? Also if I don't need a new visa do I just need to send my air flight ticket and letter of invitation to the embassy along with my passport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Brian from CANADA | Apr. 23, 2019 19:09

Yes, it's a 10-year M visa. It means you don't need a new visa and you don't need to send your flight ticket and invitation letter to the embassy. You can use it to enter China without doing anything in advance.
Asked by GABY from USA | Apr. 22, 2019 06:08Reply
Answers (1)
Answered by William from USA | Apr. 22, 2019 23:38

Yes, you can fill in yor social security number in this section. BTW, your driving license number works as well.
Asked by Mabel from CANADA | Apr. 17, 2019 12:08Reply
Is there such a thing as your working documents & visa taken away from you in china & what is the fe
Answers (1)
Answered by Abrahamson | Apr. 17, 2019 20:55

If you observe law and discipline, it would not happen, I suppose. Don't worry.
Asked by Dr. Michael Scott from UNITED STATES | Apr. 12, 2019 12:17Reply
What is needed for a visa? Airline tickets or Hotel reservations or both?
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Answered by Jeanne | Apr. 14, 2019 23:32

If you go to China for sightseeing purpose, you need to provide the round trip air tickets and hotel reservations.
Asked by Josefina Baker from UNITED STATES | Apr. 09, 2019 21:23Reply
I am going to apply for a 10 year Tourist (L) Visa with a US Passport valid for about 5 years.
Will the 10 year visa be issued on a passport that is valid only for 5 years?
Once the tourist l is granted, is there a deadline for the first entry to China? Specifically, can I be allowed an entry to China in October 2019 using a visa that is granted (valid) since June 2019?
Answers (1)
Answered by Olivia from DENMARK | Apr. 09, 2019 23:21

It's possible for you to apply the L type with the 5-year passport. There is no deadline for the first entry to China after you get the 10-year L type.
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