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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 Jun. 07, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Family Reunion Visa
Asked by Morin from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 02, 2020 21:09Reply
Visa problem
I was married to Chinese man and we have two kids and they’re citizenships is chinese . Is it still possible for me to apply residents visa even we are divorce?
Answers (1)
Answered by Corey from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 06, 2020 00:26

Yes, it's possible.
Asked by Mary Grace Lopez from JINJIANG CHINA | Jun. 23, 2020 19:59Reply
Q1 visa
Hi , I'm A filipina Married in a chinese citizen last 2019 . I'm here in Jinjiang China , I'm 6 months pregnant , since the covid is not yet over . I want to ask if my mother and my sister can apply a Q1 visa so they can go here in china by september before i get birth ? If it's possible what should they do ? This is their first time go abroad so they are worried that they can't entry here in China .
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma from SOUTH AFRICA | Jul. 01, 2020 23:45

Mary, currently, foreigners cannot apply for China visa nor enter China.
Asked by am from UNITED STATES | Jun. 16, 2020 01:48Reply
Married to Chinese National COVID
As a foreign spouse of a Chinese citizen (I am a US citizen), am I currently allow to enter China under the COVID restrictions?
Answers (2)
Answered by Betty from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 17, 2020 20:28

Sorry, you are not.
Answered by am from USA | Jul. 06, 2020 04:26

Thank you.
Asked by Nagendra Singh from INDIA | Jun. 15, 2020 00:09Reply
How much amount my wife has to show in her account to get q1 visa?
I'm a student of MSc at Wuhan University. I'm from India. My wife will be joining me on q1 visa when the international travel restriction will close. my question is that how much amount we have to show for living expenses in her or my account to get q1 visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by Sandra from CANADA | Jun. 17, 2020 20:27

Actually there is no limit on the balance in your acount.
Asked by Rog from USA | Jun. 14, 2020 03:50Reply
Q visa possible now
I am American and have been living in China for over ten years and married to a Chinese national. My Visa has been a work Visa since I own a business in China. I had to return to the USA last week and need to get back to my family in China. Currently the special Visa is impossible as my company is not qualified. Can I apply for a Q visa now ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Amy from UNITED KINGDOM | Jun. 14, 2020 23:50

No, currently foreigners cannot enter China to better control the virus situation.
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