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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. Current Occupations and Employer/School

Section 1.15 Current Occupations & Section 1.17 Employer/School: If you choose "Self-employed", do not leave Section 1.17 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 or school if you are a student. If you are a housewife or retired, you can fill in the box in Section 1.17 with None (Housewife) or None (Retired).

2. Education

Section 1.16 Education: It does not matter what your answer is, unless you apply for a student visa. The best way is to check the highest level of education you have completed.

3. Major Purpose of Visit

Section 2.1 Major purpose of your visit: 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.

4. Intended Number of Entries & Duration of Stay

Section 2.2 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.

Section 2.5 Longest intended stay in China among all entries: 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.

5. Expected Date of Arrival in China

Section 2.4 Expected date of your first entry into China on this trip: 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.

6. Travel Itinerary

Section 2.6 Itinerary in China: 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.

7. Background Check

In Part 3, 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.

8. Only Typewritten Application Forms Are Accepted

Applicants need to fill out the application form on a computer first and then print it out. Double-sided printouts will not be accepted. Note that the signatures and dates in Part 4 and 5 must be handwritten.

- Last modified on Oct. 18, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on 8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form
Asked by Andriena Wharton from SPAIN | Nov. 26, 2020 08:02Reply
Over night stay on Shanghai
We are flying into Shanghai on an organised tour and staying 1 night then leaving by a cruise ship for Japan. Can we get a group visa or have to apply for an L visa
Asked by John C from USA | Oct. 16, 2020 08:32Reply
Acceptance for family visa
I’m applying for a family visa but not sure in which one is available at this point , I have been told many different things about what China is accepting and not accepting! I’m really confused I was visiting my wife at the beginning of this year and had to leave quickly . I have a L visa . I’m trying to apply for a family visa to be able to go visit my family until consulate paperwork is completed. I need clear understanding of possible what the embassy is allowing for travel . Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by Alan | Oct. 18, 2020 20:04

John, if your wife is now working in China, you may apply for a visa to visit her. L visa is not applicable though, you need to apply for a family reunion visa.
Asked by Lance from UNITED STATES | Oct. 02, 2020 08:35Reply
Is it recommended to acquire a Q2 visa before applying for a Q1 visa?
I have heard from a Chinese agency that it is recommended to apply for a Q2 rather than Q1 visa if it is your first time going to China, as a Q1 is more likely to be rejected without prior experience. Is there any merit to this? My situation would suggest I should apply for the Q1 as I plan to stay in China long-term, but would it be better for me to start with a Q2?
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Answered by Lance | Oct. 02, 2020 08:36

And also, is a general health check required for a Q visa application? I know that it's required for Z visas, and right now Covid-19 tests are required for everything, but I haven't seen anything saying I need a general health check for my Q1/2 application
Asked by jack from INDIA | Sep. 14, 2020 00:02Reply
how do i renew my Z visa from out side china from home country(India)?
hello Jack is here from India and holding Valid sticker Z visa in passport and RP till October 15,2020.
due to pandemic situation, I'm not able to back to join my job at present.
In this situation can i able to do renew my Z visa from out side china from home country(India)?
please help me and advice me what should i do first
1. if Z visa can be extended then what are the docs i have to submit in China emabassy in India?
2. or Should i apply for PU later first to enter?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | Sep. 17, 2020 01:05

You should first ask for the PU letter from your employer and then renew your visa at the visa center in India. However, as far as I know, the visa center is still closed, so you may have to wait until the center is open.
Asked by Rei from JORDAN | Sep. 07, 2020 13:50Reply
Family Visa - Education Section.

I have a family residence permit in China, however, I was outside China during the pandemic, and my visa is still valid until the end of 2021, however, I have to reapply for a visa to be able to go back to China, and once I enter China I heard my visa will be valid again.

I am a person who studies a lot, I have more than 83 certificates, but some of them have some credits and some of them do not have any credits, do you think it is ok to add online education courses to the visa application even if the certificate is not officially accredited?

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Answered by Larrisa | Sep. 13, 2020 20:38

Well, if you will attend online courses, I'm afraid you cannot get the student visa as you can finish the study outside of China.
Answered by Rei | Sep. 13, 2020 21:19

Thanks for replying, well that wasn't my answer I already have a degree, but I have studied much more beyond that and I have many certificates, such as Microsoft System Engineer, Linux System Engineer, Cyber Security, and kinda things, I think it doesn't matter as far as I have a family visa, but I was wondering if one can add such certificates in the application.

Answered by Rei | Sep. 13, 2020 21:19

that wasn't my question*
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