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China Family Reunion Visa (Q)

Chinese Family Reunion Visa, Q visa for short, is issued to relatives of Chinese citizens or foreigners residing in China with a permanent residence permit. Depending upon the duration of stay and applicants' eligibility, the Q visa is further divided into two subclasses: Q1 and Q2. Q1 is issued for a stay longer than 180 days, while Q2 is for a short-term visit less than 180 days.

Differences between Q1 Visa and Q2 Visa

Type Application Conditions
Q1 visa 1. Intended Duration of Stay > 180 days
2. Applicants restrictions:
Family members of Chinese citizens or foreigners with Chinese permanent residence, such as spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law; or those who are going to China for the purpose of foster care
Q2 visa 1. Intended Duration of Stay ≤ 180 days
2. Applicants restrictions:
Relatives of Chinese citizens or foreigners with Chinese permanent residence, including family members mentioned above

Q1 visa is generally issued allowing a single entry, and the holders must apply for a Temporary Residence Permit within 30 days after entry. The residence permit can be granted for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years, and the holders can exit and reenter freely during the validity of the residence permit.

Q2 is flexible from 30 to 180 days, allowing single, double, or multiple entries, and the holders can stay in China for the duration as indicated on visa.

China Q Visa Requirements & Documents

1. Passport

- Original passport valid for more than 6 months and a copy of the information page. US citizens can apply for a 10 years China Q2 visa if their passport is valid for one year or longer.

2. Application Form + Recent Photo

- China Q Visa Application Form with a recent color passport-sized photo affixed to it.

3. Invitation Letter

- An invitation from the family member residing in China who is either a Chinese citizen or a foreigner with a Chinese permanent residence permit.

The invitation letter should contain:
a. Information regarding the applicant, including full name, gender, date of birth, etc.
b. Information about the visit, like purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, arrival and departure dates, relation of the applicant to the inviting entity or individual, and financial source for expenditures.
c. Information regarding the inviting individual, including name, contact number, address, official stamp, signature of the inviting individual, etc.

See sample of the invitation letter.

4. Photocopy of Chinese ID or Foreign Passport and Permanent Residence Permit of the Inviter

5. Proof of Family Relationship - For Q1 Visa Application Only

- Original and copy of kinship proof such as Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate.

How to Apply for China Q Visa

Applicants should go to the Chinese embassy, consulate or Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) wherever available for an application either in person or by someone else or trusted agent. Most Chinese embassies and consulates do not accept applications by mail. CVASC in some countries provide service for applications by post, but of course an extra service fee will be charged. Besides, please check the website of above diplomatic missions in advance to see if an appointment is required.

Processing Time

Normal processing takes about 4 working days. The applicant should apply one month prior to the intended travel. In case Express/Urgent Processing is approved by the Chinese embassy or the consulate-generals, the applicant will be required to pay an additional fee.

China Q Visa Fees

The fee for the China family reunion visa is the same as the fee for other types of Chinese visa. Generally, fees vary according to nationalities, and number of entries. But for some countries, like US, Canada, and Australia, the fee is fixed regardless of visa types and number of entries.

China Q Visa Types US Citizens Canadian Citizens UK Citizens Australian Citizens
Single Entry USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 109.5
Double Entries USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 139.5
Multi Entries for 6 Months USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 169.5
Multi Entries for 12 Months or Longer USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 229.5

*The table is for reference only. For more details, please click China Visa Fees.

Further Reading:

8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form

- Last modified on Nov. 11, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Family Reunion Visa
Asked by Matthew myer from UNITED KINGDOM | Dec. 01, 2020 19:44Reply
Q2 Visa issue
Hello, I'm currently staying in china on a Q2 visa, my visa expires on December 16th?and being unable to leave earlier in the year I got a visa extension in August. Yesterday we went to apply for a new visa but was told I would have to leave the country before applying for a new visa. Obviously if I leave it may be along time before I can return. Is this correct and is there any ways for me to stay in China?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tom Kreuzman | Dec. 02, 2020 02:05

I am in Jingzhou Hubei province and I also am also going through the same thing with my Q2 visa. I was told yesterday that since it is impossible to travel out of the country to any other country that the exit and entry department would issue me a further 6 month extension on my Q2 but they will then cancel my Q2 (which still is valid for 5 more years) and then at the end of that 6 months I would have to leave the country... I am lost for answers as to why they would cancel my Q2.
Asked by Marc valesella from USA MARCVALESELLAGMAIL.COM | Nov. 30, 2020 12:22Reply
Traveling to China from USA
My wife is Chinese citizen , she lives in China , qindao , I have a Q2 visa still valid 9 years, I am us citizen, I want to go be her for Chinese New Year , February , can I go, and what are the restrictions regarding pandemic?
Asked by DARIO from ECUADOR | Nov. 30, 2020 08:46Reply
Get Visa Q2 for my wife
I'm student in China and I haven't seen my wife for a long time, is it possible to get the Q2 visa, and how can I do for obtain, thanks
Asked by Ray rui from NIGERIA | Nov. 27, 2020 19:20Reply
My two daughters mother a Chinese citizen,we divorced but I have the children custody.
Me and children are planning to return to China, do I still need an invitation letter or any form of documents from her ( ex-wife) or I could just apply for visa with my daughters documents?
Answers (2)
Answered by Clares | Nov. 29, 2020 19:11

Yes, I think you still need an invitation letter and the documents like passport from your ex-wife.
Answered by Ray Rui | Nov. 30, 2020 04:12

We ( ex-wife) don't talk for over a year now and she's married to another person.but I have copy of her ( ex-wife) passport and ID card plus household registration. My kids birth certificate and their Chinese passport are here with me. Why do I still need her ( ex-wife ) invitation letter?
Asked by Mark rogers from UNITED STATES | Nov. 26, 2020 09:59Reply
Can my wife, a Chinese national citizen living in US, invite me, her husband, for family reunion?
I had a 10 year q2 visa with three years remaining on a 120 day multiple entry stay that expired after automatic 60 day extension account covid-19 while in China in June 2020, so had to apply and received a 120 day one time visa to guarantee time to get an air reservation to return to US, which we did. I was not told if I could apply for another 10 year Q2 visa at that time, which I would have, but was told that I would have to apply for a new visa when we returned to US, which we are attempting to do, but so far with no success by conversations with consulate personnel. Is the consulate issuing any as of this date now? Would it be worth applying without knowing or certain? My wife, a Chinese nation citizen, and I, both would like to return by Spring Festival 2021.
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Answered by Helen | Nov. 29, 2020 19:15

Currently, I'm afraid you cannot get a Q2 visa because of the epidemic situation.
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