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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 Submitting An Outdated Application Form

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.

Download the latest Chinese Visa Application Form.

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.

- Last modified on Apr. 12, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Completing a Chinese Visa Application Form
Asked by Emily Miller from UNITED STATES | Apr. 08, 2020 18:23Reply
Is it okay to use my hotel info as my invitation information?
Answers (1)
Answered by Danniel from USA | Apr. 12, 2020 20:27

No, you need to fill in the information of the inviter.
Asked by Debbie from NIGERIA | Feb. 11, 2020 03:42Reply
Z Visa application
I’m applying for a Z visa and my application got rejected. I may have an idea as to why it got rejected.

1. What should I put for my longest intended stay?
2. What do I put down as itinerary? I’m going to my work city and will be living there
3. When I filled the previous application form online and printed, some parts came out as blanks because I clicked “not applicable” as the answer. Am I supposed to fill in the blanks with “N/A” after printing?
4. Who do I choose as sponsoring the travel? Conflicted because my work will pay me salary. So, do I choose Self or the organization? Although I submitted my bank statement showing funds
Answers (1)
Answered by Janet from NIGERIA | Feb. 17, 2020 18:45

1. You should put in the work contract term.
2. You can put down the start date and end date of your work, and the address of your apartment in the work city.
3. You don't need to do that.
4. You should choose "self sponsored".
Asked by MARY from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 28, 2020 04:48Reply
What should I fill to the longest intended stay in China? I’m applying for a Z visa. Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Leo from USA | Feb. 01, 2020 18:24

You should fill the term of your work contract, ie., the time gap between the start date and end date of your work in China.
Asked by Kate from IRELAND | Jan. 24, 2020 04:37Reply
Can I fill in a new online form ?
I made errors on my online form but haven't yet submitted it to chinese embassy even though I made an appointment to visit embassy with the form.Can I fill in another form online and submit that one instead of the original incorrect one/
Answers (1)
Answered by Cindy from IRELAND | Feb. 01, 2020 18:31

Kate, I'm afraid you have to cancel the current appointment, go through the whole process again and book another appointment.
Asked by Carol Maluafou from UNITED STATES | Jan. 23, 2020 19:55Reply
Submitting Visa Application
I am applying for a Chinese Tourism visa for the first time. Will my application and documents be acceptable if I send them through mail or is it a must to be physically present in order for the embassy to process my documents. Also, I put others for the term of the visa and indicated 10 year visa. what are the chances of getting my visa turned down? Please lmk!
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Answered by Tom from USA | Feb. 01, 2020 18:33

Carol, you should physically present at the Chinese embassy or consulate to submit your documents. The chance to get a 10 year visa is half to half. Just wait and expect the best result.
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