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8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form

To avoid your China visa being rejected, applicants should figure out the best answers to the questions in the application form. Here are some tips for filling out a Chinese Visa Application Form.

1. The application form must be filled out online.

Applicants need to fill out the application form on China Online Visa Application System, and then print it out. Double-sided printouts will not be accepted. Note that the applicants must sign it. Remember to select the right country and city where Chinese Embassies, Consulates, or China Visa Application Centers (CVASC) which hold consular jurisdiction over your residence. 

2. Major Purpose of Visit

Section 2.1A Types of visa and major purpose of your visit to China: Select the most suitable item and make sure it matches with your application documents. If your travel is for multiple purposes, just choose one major purpose.

3. Duration of Stay

Section 2.2B Maximum duration of longest stay (days): For L, M, and F visas, the duration of stay is normally 30-60 days. For S2 and Q2 visa, it ranges from 30 to 120 days. Z, X, Q1, and S1 visas may allow a longer stay duration. Fill in the box according to your actual need.

4. Intended Number of Entries

Section 2.2C Intended number of entries: Most applicants only need one entry valid for 3 months. Note that all Z, X1, S1, and Q1 visas are only issued as single entry. If you apply for an L, F, M, X2, S2, or Q2 visa, you may choose single-entry, double-entry, or multiple entries. Choose the one that best meets your needs. The final decision is left to the consular officer's discretion. Usually, the more entries, the higher the visa fee.

5. Current Occupation

Section 3.1A Current Occupation & Section 3.3 Work experience: If you choose "Self-employed", do not leave Section 3.3 blank. You need to complete this section with the name of your business and specify the nature of it. If you are unemployed at present, provide information on your previous employer. If you are a housewife, you can fill in the box in Section 3.3 with None (Housewife).

6. Intended Date of Arrival in China

Section 6.1A Intended date of arrival: Make sure that the date is not earlier than the date you are likely to receive the visa. If your flight itinerary will be submitted as the application document, ensure the date is consistent with it.

7. Destinations

Section 6.1J, 6.1K, 6.1M, 6.1L, 6.1N: In this section, do not mention travel to Tibet and Xinjiang although you may go there. If you apply for a tourist visa, you need to provide addresses of hotels including provinces, cities, and streets. For this reason, you are advised to book refundable hotel rooms in advance. After you get the visa, it’s fine to change your itinerary and cancel the bookings.

8. Other Information

In section 8 which acts as background check, you need to answer truthfully the questions regarding overstaying, China visa rejection history, criminal records, diseases, etc. Honesty is important in answering these questions; otherwise you may encounter problems in the application process.

- Last updated on Apr. 22, 2024 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on 8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form
Asked by Shelby from UK | May. 09, 2024 07:42Reply
How do I complete the section on the past 5 year employment history?
I've been retired for 12 years. How do I complete the section on the past 5 year employment history? will it be OK to just enter NONE (Retired)?

Also, can I enter NA for income or must I put pension figure? if so, what currency do I put as £ sterling not an option in the drop down menu.
Many thanks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Lori | May. 09, 2024 19:07

You can select "unemployed" in section 3.1, then tick "not applicable" in section 3.3 for work experience.You can make explanation in section 8.11 to say that you have retired since ...
For income, you need to mention pension. And you can choose RMB and convert currency.
Asked by Shelby Allan from UK | May. 06, 2024 07:36Reply
My parents are deceased, is it OK to put Not Applicable in Parents sections?
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Answered by Keith | May. 07, 2024 18:41

Yes, check "Not applicable", then enter "Deceased".
Asked by Jan Inge from NORWAY | May. 04, 2024 14:30Reply
Unclear what 6.1B and 6.1J means, and if its enough to only count flight
Regarding Section 6.1 Itinerary, 6.1B says "Number of arrival train / ship / flight" and 6.1J says "Number of departure train / ship / flight". What do they mean? I currently put just "1" on both, as I only have one arriving and one departing flight. Do I also have to count number of trains to and from destination/hotel and the airport, for arrival and departure?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lori | May. 07, 2024 18:54

You put the same flight number on both? I think you should put your arriving flight number on "Number of arrival train / ship / flight" and your departing flight number on "Number of departure train / ship / flight", no need to count the transportation to and from the airport, hotel ...
Asked by Kathy from USA | Apr. 22, 2024 14:18Reply
Do I need a new visa?
My 10-year L visa will expire by the end of Nov 2024. I will go back China in Jun 2024. Do I need a new visa?
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Answered by Joshua | Apr. 22, 2024 19:49

No. You are allowed to enter China before the expiration date.
Asked by Marcelle from SOUTH AFRICA | Apr. 16, 2024 01:58Reply
Q1 visa
Hi.Q1 visa applicatin. What does my Chinese daughter-in-law put in at ‘duration of stay’ on invitation letter. She wants us to apply for maximum duration to help take care of the two children. Would this also be good enough reason. Thank you
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Answered by Rita | Apr. 16, 2024 20:48

Q1 is the long-term family visiting visa. The duration of stay is usually more than 180 days.
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