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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 Jun. 07, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Asked by jason from CHINA | Jul. 22, 2021 11:19Reply
Can foreigners go into Macau and return to Mainland China?
If we are currently in mainland China. And have been here for months. As a foreigner with a T visa that will soon expire. Can i go into Macau. And if i go into Macau is there any way to apply for any type of visa to be able to return to mainland is short time period?
Answers (1)
Answered by Harry | Jul. 26, 2021 20:00

Jason, at this special period, I don't think it is an easy thing to apply for a mainland visa from Macau.
Asked by Marc from CHINA | Jul. 19, 2021 06:57Reply
Humanitarian Visa
I have a business license from last month. I was in the process to convert my student visa, since I finish my study, into a work visa.
Since, my student visa was going to expired. I apply for a humanitarian Visa. Meanwhile, I got my work permit card.
But today, the entry/exit said they decline my humanitarian visa, and would have to leave before 31 July. They said I should receive my passport this Friday. They didn't tell why it got rejected. And doesn't want....

My question can I reapply for a humanitarian Visa, or try to apply for a resident permit. Since, I have my work permit, my business license, and my office in operation. I need to find a solution, else I might lose my business , and the money invested in it, since it will be difficult to make it work from outside China.

Best regards,
Answers (1)
Answered by jason | Jul. 22, 2021 11:14

Marc if you all ready have all of your documents for your business, why did you not just apply for a Z Visa. That seems to have been the better choice.
Asked by rochelle from UNITED STATES | Jun. 29, 2021 11:57Reply
Work Permit Cancellation Letter
I was working in a company in Nanning,they had case for two months for making work visa for other foreigners. which resulted in our passports being held at immigration from April 27th-June 16th. I was already out of Nanning from June 6 because they fired me.They are claiming they tried contacting me 15 days before which they did not. because I have everything on my phone as a screenshot and I have a witness(my friend, who sent me passport to the city I was in.)I received my passport on the 19th of June and the company decided to cancel my work permit on June 22nd,I have until July 1st to go to immigration. I can go to immigration on July 1st in Nanning and apply,due to I haven't been working and don't have so much money. Willi be fined when they give me a t visa.
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | Jul. 04, 2021 22:47

Rochelle, did you go to the immigration in Nanning and if yes, what was the result?
Asked by DD from PHILIPPINES | Jun. 04, 2021 07:47Reply
Passport wasn’t updated in the local registration
Hi. I renewed my passport and I wasn’t informed that I should register it i. The local police office. It was during my visa renewal that I found out about it and later on I was fined 2000rmb. I settled it and got into investigation that got settled. Will this affect my visa renewal?
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Answered by Coco | Jun. 07, 2021 01:57

As I know, it won't.
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