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|
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.
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).
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.
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.
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)
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.
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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
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.
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