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China Visa Renewal and Extension

Generally speaking, it is not possible to renew, extend a China visa or change it into another type once it is issued. However, if you want to spend more time there, want a multiple-entry visa, or need to have a different type of visa, you can - in many circumstances - apply within China.

Currently, it seems that one month is the standard period for regular tourist visa extension. However, the accumulated length of the extended stay cannot exceed the duration of stay on your original visa.

Where to extend or renew China visa?

The procedure is very similar to applying outside through Chinese embassy, but you must go to the Public Security Bureau (PSB) Exit and Entry Administration office of county level or above. Smaller centers might not have good English speakers so it is a good idea to take a Chinese friend with you if you can. Ask at international hotels if you are not sure where the PSB Exit and Entry Administration office is.

When to apply for China visa renewal and extension?

According to the regulations, you have to submit application for extension at least 7 days before your visa expires. The PSB officers will issue you with a receipt once they accept your application and make the final decision within 7 days. If you apply too late, you may overstay and are subject to a fine and possible deportation.

The new visa runs from the date of issue (a small difference compared with those issued outside China which do not start until entry) and the old one is cancelled at the same time. So, you cannot have two concurrent visas.

How to extend or renew my China visa?

The required documents you must prepare in advance include your passport, a recent passport style photo, a registration form of temporary residence, and proof about reasons for extending or renewing your China visa, for example, if you apply for tourist visa extension, you need to submit a travel itinerary.

In normal cases, the applicant should come in person to the PSB Exit and Entry Administration office to submit the application. Upon arrival, complete a visa application form and attach your photo onto it. Then submit the application.

In the following situations, the applicant can have others or an agency submit the application:
1) The applicant is under 16 or more than 60 years old, or with mobility difficulties.
2) The applicant is not a first-time visitor to China and has a good stay record for the past visits.
3) There is an inviting entity or individual funding the applicant’s visit.

How to get the registration form of temporary residence for overseas visitors

The residency registration comes from the regulation that all foreigners must register their accommodation details within 24 hours after entering China.

If you are staying in a hotel certified to accommodate foreigners, it can provide you with a hotel accommodation registration slip. If not, you must obtain an accommodation registration printout from the police station for the area you are living in and where you should already have registered. So if you are staying in a non accredited hotel or with friends or in an apartment but have not registered, you should either register or stay in an accredited hotel for one night in order to get the slip.

How much does it cost to extend a China visa?

For nationals of most countries, the fee is CNY 160. For some countries, the fee may differ. US citizens need to pay CNY 760 for an extension while UK citizens need CNY 469.

Further Reading:

How to Apply for a China Visa
Apply for China Visa in a Third Country
How to Apply a China Visa in Hong Kong

- Last modified on Jun. 22, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Renewal and Extension
Asked by Dani from CHINA | Aug. 02, 2021 03:35Reply
Visa problems? I might help
I have been on t visa since December in gz, shanghai, shenzhen and guilin i have overstayed twice and cleared it both times in Beijing, i have spent more than 50 k in the last 4 months alone, I've opened a company (didn't get the visa tho) went through a lot. But now finally I've got my admission and jw so in two weeks I'll have my 6 months visa. In all this time I've gathered a lot of contacts and agents so if anyone need help I'm happy to share that with you as i wished for me to happen. 18507832953 call, wechat I'm happy to help
Just be patient many people are calling me from these commitments and I've my own job and i don't charge for this so approach without attitude.
Asked by ngoni from CHINA | Jul. 24, 2021 12:02Reply
T- visa application
i recently graduated and i need the T-visa while i wait for my admission and JW. how can i get one?
Answers (1)
Answered by Corey | Jul. 26, 2021 18:10

Before your current visa or temporary residence permit expires, you need to go to the local exit and entry administration bureau to submit the relevant documents showing that you do need to stay extra days in China and apply for the visa extension or T visa.
Asked by J downes from NEW ZEALAND | Jul. 18, 2021 16:56Reply
extending M business visa
Hi, i am on a 90 day business visa at present in China . can i extend this visa here in China ? flying out and coming back having to do another 28 days in Quarantine is a nightmare situation . Can you advise if they will give me another 90 days extension.?
Answers (1)
Answered by Frank | Jul. 26, 2021 00:40

Yes, it is possible to get a 90-day or 30-day extension at the local exit and entry administration. You can have a try.
Asked by Raef from YEMEN | Jun. 24, 2021 10:11Reply
How i can get more 2 months with my student visa
Am a graduated student and my student visa will end in the end of July and i want to complete my study in another university but my this university will not give me a 2 months more visa what's should i do, is a temporary visa can change again to a student visa? Or What else can i do plz
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Answered by chingis | Jun. 25, 2021 03:09

did you find a solution? i have the same problem.
Answered by yemen | Jun. 28, 2021 04:55

No , nothing yet
Answered by Martha | Jul. 13, 2021 00:20

For me ,the new school asked me to come over to that city and start processing my new Visa there before the old one expires. So if you've gotten admission then contact your school
Answered by Adonai | Jul. 24, 2021 11:59

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