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China Visa Application Requirements

General Requirements: Passport, Visa Application Form & Photo

1. Original passport with at least two blank visa pages and at least 6 months of remaining validity, and a photocopy of the passport’s data page and photo page if it is separate.

2. One completed China Visa Application Form attached with a recently-taken passport photo (48mm x 33mm, bare-head, full face, and against a light background).

If applying in a third country, you should also submit a proof of legal stay or residence permit, namely the original and photocopy of your valid visa, or certificates of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the third country.

Supporting Documents for Major Visa Types

What documents are needed for China visa application? Depending on the visa type you are applying for, additional documentation must be submitted.

China Tourist Visa Requirements
China Tourist Visa Requirements
 Round-trip ticket booking record and proof of a hotel reservation, or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China with following information:
a. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
b. Information on the planned visit (dates of arrival and departure, places of visit, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)
c. Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

See Sample of the Invitation Letter for China Visa.
 Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain the same information as described above for tourist visa.
 An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China, with details as described above for tourist visa.
 Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in PRC.

For X1 visa with an intended stay of more than 6 months, applicants should also provide:
Original and photocopy of “Visa Application for Study in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202).
 One of the following work permits is required:
1. Foreigners Employment Permit issued by the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the PRC.
2. Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries (regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration.
3. Approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs.
4. Invitation Letter to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations issued by National Offshore Oil Corporation.
 1. An invitation letter from a foreigner who stays on a work Z or student X visa in China
2. A photocopy of the inviting individual’s passport and residence permit
3. Proof of kinship such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship (original and copy)

For those who visit for private affairs other than family reunion, documentation identifying the nature of the private affair should be provided as required by the consular officer.
 1. Invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit.
2. Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit
3. For Q1 visa only -  a proof of kinship such as marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship (original and copy)
 An onward air, train or ship ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region is required.

Special Reminders for China Visa Application

1. Generally, the invitation letter in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout is acceptable, but the consular officer may require the original of the invitation letter when necessary.
2. The consular officer may require other proof documents or supplementary materials or an interview or verification of the signature on application documents upon notification by the Embassy/Consulate-General if necessary.

Further Reading:
How to Apply for a China Visa
8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form

- Last modified on Dec. 24, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Visa Application Requirements
Asked by David from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 03, 2020 14:09Reply
Z Visa Application
I'm a UK citizen, I've been living in China for over three years now - first on a Z visa and currently on an M visa whilst working probation in a new role which expires at the end of May. I've been getting papers ready to apply for a Z visa, including a criminal background check which I've had this document legalised in the UK but not by the Chinese Embassy in London because it is closed and has a notice on their website stating it is not offering legalisation or any other services right now.
Can I still apply for the Z visa with this document, or are there any places in China that I can get it legalised here? Thanks, David
Asked by Abigail Ahenkorah from GHANA | Apr. 02, 2020 11:08Reply
Am in Ghana and I want to apply for work permit visa
I have completed my tertiary education in Ghana but I want to stay in China and work so how do i get a Chinese permanent visa
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from NETHERLANDS | Apr. 03, 2020 01:05

You cannot get a Chinese permanent visa if you don't have a Chinese spouse and you don't enjoy a high position.
Asked by Dr. Maqsood from PAKISTAN | Mar. 25, 2020 08:00Reply
Visa for Post Doctorate
I have scholarship for Post Doctorate from HEC Pakistan and invitation/Acceptance letter from Chinese professor. Plz guide me for my own visa process & also for my family including wife and 2 kids.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kathie from CHINA | Mar. 25, 2020 23:15

If you are invited by the professor itself, you can only apply for a tourist visa, but it's not any more applicable to independent travelers of Pakistan.
Asked by Russ from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 10, 2020 09:27Reply
Type of visa
I’m visiting my wife in China. She is an American citizen working in China with a permanent residence permit and work visa. Would I need the tourist visa or the family reunion visa to visit her?
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 13, 2020 08:36

She cannot be having a permanent residence permit and a work visa as a permanent residence permit holder does not need a work visa to work.

You can get an L visa (tourist) if your intended stay is less than 60 days, or a Q2 (if your wife has PR) or S2 (if she has a work-based residence permit) that permit stays for up to 180 days (duration of stay is at the discretion of the Chinese embassy or consulate that issues your visa). If you wish to live in China with your spouse then you can get a Q1 (spouse of PR) or S1 (spouse of a work permit holder) and then get a family-based residence permit in China which permits long-term stays in China.
Asked by Fanny from COLOMBIA | Mar. 04, 2020 18:52Reply
Extend Q visa
I am currently in China with a Q visa, it expires on May but I was wondering If I could renew this type of visa here in China mainland? I want to extend my stay because of the virus I couldn’t visit all my relatives
Thank you
Answers (1)
Answered by John Doe | Mar. 05, 2020 10:31

Generally yes, although the documentation you need to provide depends on municipal requirements. Contact the municipal National Immigration Administration for details about extensions.
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