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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 Sep. 08, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Family Reunion Visa
Asked by Jermaine from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 15, 2019 20:50Reply
My wife work as a english teacher in china, we have a son and were married, we can appl for this vis
Right? Were Filipino citezens.
Answers (2)
Answered by Leona from USA | Oct. 15, 2019 22:51

Yes, if you want to live together with your wife in China, you can apply for S1 visa. Be aware that you cannot work on an S1 visa.
Answered by Jermaine from PHILIPPINES | Oct. 16, 2019 03:56

I like to work too in china, like my wife for better future for us, is there any visa suits for me?
Asked by Pat from USA | Oct. 08, 2019 19:02Reply
Q1 visa for US citizen long term stay
Hi - If a US citizen wants to stay in China long term (>1 year), can she apply for Q1 visa. Her mom is a Chinese citizen. Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Dan from CANADA | Oct. 09, 2019 20:33

Yes, she can.
Asked by ping from CHINA | Oct. 07, 2019 12:44Reply
Q2 or tourist Visa?
I am a Chinese citizen and my husband is American. every year, we go back to China and visit my family in China. they are all Chinese citizen there. every time we stay maximum 2 weeks in china.

is it better to apply for L visa which is 10 years. or Q2 visa which not sure if it allows 10 years or not.
Answers (1)
Answered by Helen from USA | Oct. 09, 2019 20:32

Either the tourist L or Q2 is fine. They both allow 10 years of validity.
Asked by Matt from CANADA | Sep. 29, 2019 20:28Reply
Can minors sponsor a family reunion visa?
A friend recently divorced his Chinese wife but is living here on a family reunion visa. They have minor children. Can they sponsor the Visa?
Answers (1)
Answered by James from USA | Oct. 08, 2019 00:14

Yes, if their children are Chinese citizens or have long-term residence permit in China, they can sponsor the visa of your friend.
Asked by Bluewater from CANADA | Sep. 22, 2019 22:28Reply
Q2 visa and 10-year multi-entry visa
My parents are Canadian with Chinese permanent resident card. I'm currently a college student in Northwest University in Chicago and I want to apply my visa to visit my parents in China, my current Chinese visa expired. I would like to apply for the 10-year multi-entry visa, shall I apply Q2 visa? what type should I fill in the application form? Thank you very much!
Answers (1)
Answered by Judy from CANADA | Sep. 24, 2019 18:53

Yes, you should apply for the Q2 type. You should fill in the application form: Short-term visit to Chinese citizen or foreigner with Chinese permanent residence status.
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