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 Oct. 22, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application in USA
Asked by Teresa Dowell-Vest from USA | Dec. 12, 2019 09:51Reply
Layover in Qingdao
I have a 12 hour layover in Qingdao on my flight from San Francisco to Seoul. Do I need a Chinese visa for the layover if I stay in the airport?
Answers (1)
Answered by Teresa Dowell-Vest from USA | Dec. 12, 2019 09:53

I think I see the answer from the thread below. If I get a hotel room, will I need a visa?
Asked by Nick from USA | Dec. 04, 2019 21:10Reply
Do I need a tourist visa?
I will be arriving in Shanghai on Dec 11 at 6:00 am and plan on going to a local hotel and a quick stop at Disneyland. Then leaving on Dec 11th at 11:00 pm on that same day? flying to Bangkok Do I need the L visa? Or any visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lilian from USA | Dec. 05, 2019 18:49

Nick, if you fly from US to Shanghai and then to Bangkok, you don't need the visa. Whether you will be allowed to leave the airport depends on the immigration officer. I heard that nowadays you need to have a hotel booking at hand in order to leave the airport.
Asked by Nancy from USA | Nov. 29, 2019 06:10Reply
Do I need a tourist visa?
I will be arriving in Beijing April 7 at 6:00 pm and leaving April 10 at 12:00 pm Do I need the L visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Joey from AUSTRALIA | Dec. 01, 2019 23:16

If your route qualifies for the 144h visa-free transit in Beijing, then you don't need the L visa.
Asked by Ed Poblete from USA | Nov. 09, 2019 16:21Reply
Holding 2 passport
I’m dual citizen of USA and Philippines can I apply by using my Phillippines passport how much the the fee
Answers (1)
Answered by Mandy from USA | Nov. 11, 2019 00:20

If you apply from the USA, you have to use your USA passport to apply. The fee is 140 dollars.
Asked by Ahmed from PAKISTAN | Oct. 21, 2019 21:03Reply
I am from Pakistan and have a B1. B2 visa
Will be visiting USA next month in Nov 2019 I also want to visit China from USA can I get Chienese visa from USA while my stay in USA.
Answers (1)
Answered by Fiona from USA | Oct. 22, 2019 23:03

You had better apply for it in Pakistan.
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