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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 Jan. 21, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Renewal and Extension
Asked by Jorgette from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 10, 2021 22:50Reply
Student visa to humanitarian visa
I am currently in China on a student visa and I intend to take an exam to become a doctor in the United Kingdom on the first week of August but my visa in China is expiring July 15. I can't go back to the my home country and leave from there as the UK banned entry from the Philippines so I would like to leave from China to the UK instead, is it possible for me to get a humanitarian visa for this reason?
Asked by Bianca from CHINA | Apr. 08, 2021 05:49Reply
Can you renew your visa with a passport that expires the same year?
Asked by Johnny from CHINA | Mar. 31, 2021 02:55Reply
Can you change X1 visa to Z visa while in the Mainland?
Answers (1)
Answered by Diana from USA | Apr. 06, 2021 01:56

Yes, it is possible to do so.
Asked by Mike from CAMEROON | Mar. 29, 2021 00:05Reply
Apply for visa while outside
Can I send my passport to China for a z visa application? I had another visa type while in China (expired). I stepped out and can't return.
Answers (1)
Answered by Leon from UK | Apr. 06, 2021 02:14

Sorry, you cannot.
Asked by Jeffrey from USA | Mar. 04, 2021 02:35Reply
What can I do if my company refuses to renew my residency permit?
I am currently working in China and I am under contract until the first week of July. However, my residency will expire only a few days before the contract does. I do not trust my company. It is possible that they reduce the foreign staff at the end of this term. I am concerned that they will refuse to renew my residency or that they will only extend it for a few days so that I can only finish the contract at the school. Is this a possible outcome? Can someone tell what the minimum time frame is that they have to extend my residency? Or what legal options I have if they refuse to renew it while I am still under contract? I am currently in Chengdu, Sichuan Province.
Answers (2)
Answered by Corey | Mar. 15, 2021 00:31

If the company will end your contract, then you cannot renew your residency permit. However, as long as your contract is still valid, the company should help you to extend it to the end date of your work contract.
Answered by Jeffrey | Mar. 17, 2021 04:17

Yes they should. I am asking about what if they don't? What if I am still under contract and they just decide not to? Or, is is possible that they only renew my residency until the last day of the contract instead of 12 months?
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