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Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Completing a Chinese Visa Application Form

Mistakes on China Visa Application Forms, whether serious or minor, can cause your visa to be rejected or delayed. Here we list the top 10 mistakes to avoid when completing a Chinese visa application form.

1. Submitting An Outdated Application Form

Generally, all applicants should fill in the application form on the China Online Visa Application System, print it out and sign it. You can also find it on the official website of the Chinese embassy / consulate or Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC). The previous versions of China Visa Application Forms are not accepted any more. 

2. Handwriting Your Application Form

A handwritten Chinese visa application form is no longer accepted. You have to fill it online as mentioned above. If you find any mistakes in your form after it is printed, you have to start a new form with personal information based on previously completed applications on the computer and make a new printout. Correction by pen is not allowed. Therefore, it is necessary to check carefully before printing.

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.

4. Provide Wrong or Indefinite Information

Make sure all the information you provide on the application form is correct and clear. If there is any wrong or indefinite information, your visa might be turned down.

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 3.3B Name of employer. 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 5.1 Current residence address, 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 "(L)Tourism" for purpose in Section 2.1A, then you need to submit your travel itinerary, hotel and flight bookings, or an invitation letter from China, etc. If you tick "(Z)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 6.1, 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.

- Last updated on May. 05, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Completing a Chinese Visa Application Form
Asked by Bhagya from UAE | May. 04, 2023 22:02Reply
do we need flight ticket for applying to china visit visa for business purpose
Answers (1)
Answered by James | May. 05, 2023 23:35

If you have an eligible invitation letter or other related qualified documents, then you don't need to offer flight tickets.
Asked by Marion Mmbone from KENYA | Apr. 20, 2023 13:09Reply
Is there a problem if i answer not applicable on the education part

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Answered by Zoe | Apr. 20, 2023 22:41

I think it will increase the risk of being refused.
Asked by Cherry from SINGAPORE | Jan. 05, 2023 22:09Reply
Tourist visa
Hello! I'm a filipino currently working in Singapore as domestic helper. And I have a Chinese fiance who wants us married in China. Can I apply a Chinese visa here in Singapore?
Answers (1)
Answered by Hank | Jan. 09, 2023 19:48

Yes, just submit your resident permit in Singapore together.
Asked by Ali from PAKISTAN | Oct. 09, 2020 09:00Reply
Viral Hep C Visa Rejection
I had Viral hep C but now i have Not detected viral load in PCR test, and have positive antibody. Can my visa be rejected on this basis.
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Answered by Fiona | Oct. 14, 2020 02:27

I don't think your visa will be rejected because of this issue.
Asked by Sandy Ng from COLUMBIA | Sep. 03, 2020 20:19Reply
Health Check requirement for China Z visa application
Hello, I am holding a Malaysian Passport and I am currently working in Columbia. I am applying for the China work permit. Must I have the health check certificate done in Malaysia and verified in Malaysia? or can I do my health check in Columbia? If can do the health check in Columbia, is there any Hospital in Bagota, Columbia that recognized by China government?
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Answered by Jeremy | Sep. 07, 2020 01:01

It depends on where you will do the z visa application. If you will do it in Columbia, thenyou can do the health check in Columbia. There are hospitals designated by China government for testing COVID-19. You can check the list on the website of the Chinese embassy in Columbia.
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