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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 Jan. 17, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Family Reunion Visa
Asked by Stephen from GHANA | Feb. 27, 2021 03:35Reply
Going to Moscow
I'm a foreigner with a Russian wife and son. My family is in Russia presently, but I'm still in China. I have applied for a 'family visa' to go join my wife and son in Russia. I have booked my flight from Shanghai to Moscow for May 8, 2021.
I want to know if there's any restriction for foreigners with family visa on arrival at Moscow airport. Thank you for reading.
Asked by Brenna from SINGAPORE | Feb. 27, 2021 01:38Reply
My fiance is a Chinese citizen and I need to travel to China to get married to him, buy a house together, etc. (I am a US Citizen). How likely is it to be approved for a visa in this situation?
Asked by Al from UNITED KINGDOM | Feb. 25, 2021 20:15Reply
Q1, Baby, Not Married
Hi, I have a Chinese girlfriend and 1 year old baby, but we are not yet Married. The baby has got his Huqo & Chinese ID Card. We used my Passport to obtain his ID as I am his Dad. Therefore am I able to apply for the Q1 Visa now as I am currently in China? In normal circumstances out of Covid, could this be done even though we are not yet Married? Thanks.
Asked by Sidra nazqr from PAKISTAN | Feb. 22, 2021 21:10Reply
need to apply for family visa
my husband is chinese and we have a one daughter.i need to go to china to stay with family.my daughter is chinese national but i am pakistani.this is the main and only problem in my way.please tell me can i apply family viisa now.i did apply vissa two months ago but was rejected by embassy.
Answers (1)
Answered by Alan | Feb. 24, 2021 19:01

Sorry, I'm afraid you cannot apply for a family visa at present.
Asked by Laika Alberto from PHILIPPINES | Feb. 20, 2021 21:37Reply
Hi, my partner is a chinese citizen we have a baby,can we get a family visa ?
what are the requirements if ever thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen | Feb. 24, 2021 19:00

Well, at present, it is not very likely to get a family visa because of the Covid-19.
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