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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 May. 05, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Family Reunion Visa
Asked by Hussam from JORDAN | May. 17, 2019 22:52Reply
Can i work using the Q visa ? And can i aplly to green card ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lucas from USA | May. 20, 2019 02:05

Yes, you can't work on Q type. Plus, there is no green card in China, but you can apply for permanent residence permit.
Asked by Tan JW from SINGAPORE | May. 17, 2019 18:00Reply
Can Q2 be extend after 180 days?
My son (8months) and i are singaporean, my wife is chinese. Can i extend Q2 stay for my child if he going to stay more than 180 days? Application form 2.8, can i put my wife as inviter? Application form 2.1, unable to find option for Q2, only found option for more than 180 days. Thank you
Asked by Mufi from INDIA | May. 16, 2019 23:37Reply
Question regarding Q1 visa
I am an Indian citizen, currently living in China and married to a Chinese woman. I want to call my parents to China and for a long stay. So my question is if I call them here on a tourist visa, can I apply for their Q1 visa after they reach here?
Answers (1)
Answered by Betty from USA | May. 19, 2019 20:07

Mufi, you can call them on Q1 and apply for residence permit within 30 days of their arrival in China.
Asked by GM | May. 16, 2019 21:39Reply
Son in school
My son will be in School in China for the next year. Can myself and/or my wife get a Q visa to enable us to look after him? I would be working overseas.
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda from UNITED KINGDOM | May. 16, 2019 23:02

The Q visa is only for relatives of Chinese or foreigners with permanent Chinese residency. If your son is not a Chinese and has no permanent residency there, you can't get the Q type. If you want to work in China, you can apply for a Z type. If you want to attend your son, but not work, you can apply for an S type.
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