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Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected

It's not unusual for your China visa application to be rejected. China is known for its strict visa policies and the visa approval rates are not that high. Frustrating as it is, the consular officers may seem indifferent and may be unwilling to give a reason for visa denial. Here are still some clues that may help you avoid visa rejection or figure out why your application was rejected.

1. Mistakes in the China visa application form. The application form is very important because it is what the consular officer who decides to grant you a visa or not will look at. Hand-written forms are no longer accepted. Inaccurate information such as spelling errors, wrong passport numbers, or invalid addresses may lead to your visa being rejected. To avoid trouble, do not mention any plans to travel to Xinjiang and Tibet in your form.

 See 8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form
 See Top 10 Mistakes to Avoid in Completing a Chinese Visa Application Form

2. The submitted photo does not meet the specifications. Inappropriate sizes, background colors, texture of the photographic paper, etc. all contribute to an unqualified photo.

3. Missing documents. Before submitting your application, check the latest application requirements for your visa type and collect all of the required documents. If any of them are missing, your application may get turned down.

4. The applicant is from a country where war, terrorist attacks, or political unrest frequently happen, or whose nationals frequently overstay their visa, or a country with strained relations with China.

5. The applicant has a criminal record. It does not mean that the application will be automatically denied, but if the applicant has committed a serious crime then there is a good chance of visa refusal. Minor offences usually do not make a difference, especially when you are just applying for a tourist visa.

6. The applicant overstayed their visa or was blacklisted in China or any other foreign country.

7. The applicant has some kind of contagious disease like AIDS or Hepatitis B. In most cases, it is not a big deal for short-term visa application such as tourist visa and business visa. However, for a work visa or a student visa, it might be an issue, though not explicitly regulated by Chinese laws.

8. Applicants who work in media, religious or military industries may expect a higher visa refusal rate as these are considered sensitive professions by the Chinese government.

Apart from the above possibilities, there are all sorts of reasons for a China visa application to be rejected. The most important thing to remember is to prove that you will obey Chinese rules and you are capable of bearing your expenses for the intended China trip. If you show this through the documents and information you provide, your visa is very likely to be approved.

What to Do after Your China Visa Was Rejected?

Calm down and don't lose your head. If permitted, you can make an appeal of the rejection and submit more details to update your application. Consular officers may decide whether to review the application on a case-by-case basis. Alternatively, you can reapply for the China visa. If you are reapplying, we recommend that you use a visa agency this time as they are more professional and familiar with the whole process.

Can I Get a Refund If My China Visa Is Denied?

Generally speaking, you cannot get a refund if your China visa is denied. The visa fee is not refundable because it is paid for the processing of your application. In spite of the results, the consular officers have spent efforts and time on the processing.

How Long to Wait before I Can Reapply?

Usually there is a cooling off period before you can reapply, often three months. However, this is not fixed. If you are in a hurry, you should contact a visa agency to help you reapply as soon as possible.

- Last modified on Dec. 30, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Asked by Jassie from UKRAINE | Apr. 09, 2020 07:26Reply
Work visa residence permit & HIV+
Does anyone know if there are still problems with work visas for hiv positive people in china? do they refuse to give a health certificate etc.?
Asked by Maria from TAIWAN | Apr. 01, 2020 22:48Reply
former Chinese resident applying for a tourist visa
I am a US citizen. Former resident of China, now living in Taiwan. I would like to apply for a 10 year tourist visa. I left China in January 2020 when my place of work was closed for reasons not related to COVID-19. Do I need to wait a certain period of time? I have a new passport. My Chinese visas are in my old passport. What are my chances of getting a visa? My purpose in getting a visa is to visit friend and tour.
Answers (1)
Answered by Mareen from USA | Apr. 03, 2020 00:43

You can go to HK to apply for a visa, but foreigners cannot enter China at present.
Asked by Julie from SPAIN | Mar. 31, 2020 20:40Reply
Work Visa
I am a U.K. citizen currently living in Spain. I have accepted a teaching job in a school in Beijing starting in August. Is it possible to get my visa processed in Spain or do I have to go back to the U.K. and what is the process?
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Answered by Keith from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 03, 2020 00:42

It's possible to get your visa processed at the CVASC in Madrid by submitting all necessary documents.
Asked by Mick from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 31, 2020 11:26Reply
M visa?
Hi,I’m a UK passport holder and want to know if I can apply for a M visa in Vietnam?If so how many days would I be able to stay?For how how long would it be valid?Also would I be able to get a multi entry??Cheers!!
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Answered by Jerry from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 03, 2020 00:00

Yes, it's possible. An M visa is often valid for three months if it has a single entry. You may apply for a multiple-entry visa, which may be valid for six or 12 months, but the chance to get it in a third country is not big.
Asked by Astrid from DUBAI | Mar. 24, 2020 00:54Reply
S2 visa got rejected , is there a second chance?
I study in Dubai and I would like to fly to my parents since my university is closed. I applied for a S2 visa but it just got rejected. Nobody can tell me the reason. When can I apply again?
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Answered by Helen from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 25, 2020 23:40

You can apply for it after three months.
Answered by Jane from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 01, 2020 20:22

When did you applied for the visa?
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