Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Completing a Chinese Visa Application Form
1. Submitting An Outdated Application Form
Before completing the application form, always make sure it's the most current version. Usually you can find the latest one from the official website of the Chinese embassy / consulate or Chinese Visa Application Service Center.
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2. Handwriting Your Application Form
A handwritten Chinese visa application form is no longer accepted. You have to download the application form online first, complete all blanks, and then print it out. The only exception is that you need to sign your name and date on page 4 by hand.
3. Taking Your Own Passport Photo
A home-made passport photo does not meet the requirements of the Chinese visa consular offices, which may lead to the denial of your China visa. Therefore, it is best to have the photo taken at a professional photoshop. Some embassies may provide such services, but you need to contact them to confirm this before heading there.
4. Not Filling-in All the Blanks
Fill-in all the blanks in your application form. If there are any blanks, your visa might be turned down. For items which do not apply to you, just fill in the boxes with "N/A" or "None". If you find any blanks in your form after it is printed, you have to complete it all over again on the computer and make a new printout. Correction by pen is not allowed. Therefore, it is necessary to check carefully before printing.
5. Forgetting to Sign Your Name and Date
As mentioned above, the form must be completed on a computer except that you should sign your name and date by pen. After printing out your form, remember to sign your name and date. Note that you are supposed to sign the application form by yourself, even if the form is completed by an agent or someone else. For minor children, their parents can sign on their behalf.
6. Using Acronyms or Abbreviations in the Employer Name Section
Avoid using acronyms or abbreviations for the company you are working for when filling out Section 1.17. It makes it difficult for the consular officers to figure out who your employer is.
7. Using a PO Box Address in the Home Address Section
In Section 1.18, you need to provide a physical street address for your home rather than a PO Box address because it's not required for mailing purposes.
8. Selecting a Travel Purpose That Doesn't Match Supporting Documents
Different visa types are available for different travel purposes and each visa type has its own set of supporting application documents. If you tick "Tourism" for purpose in Section 2.1, then you need to submit your travel itinerary, hotel and flight bookings, or an invitation letter from China, etc. If you tick "Work" for purpose, you need to provide a work permit issued from China. The documents for a tourist visa won't work in this situation.
9. Demanding An Inappropriate Number of Entries and Duration of Stay
For first-time tourist visa applicants, we do not recommend applying for multiple entries and duration of stay longer than 30 days. Otherwise, the visa might be turned down. Applicants who travel abroad often and have a good travel history in China have a better chance of approval for multiple entries and long stay duration. However, this is not an absolute because there are always unexpected outcomes.
10. Making Your Travel Itinerary Too Brief
When filling out Section 2.6, your Itinerary in China, please provide detailed addresses of your hotels or apartments. It's not enough to list only hotel names and city names. Also, do not skip any days in the travel itinerary, otherwise the consular officers may doubt what you will do during these days and question your intention for skipping it.
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