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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 May. 06, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Asked by Pablo from MEXICO | Aug. 14, 2019 21:08Reply
Rejected Visa
I am a student from Mexico who was in exchange in South Korea February-June and through my university, I am going to do an exchange year in China this fall. I got accepted into the chinese university and since my plans did not involved going back to Mexico for a visa, the chinese university gave me the option of applying for a tourist visa and then switching into a student visa once I am in China, they said it is possible. However, currently I am in Bangkok and I got rejected for a tourist visa. They gave no explanation. If I go to Hong Kong or Seoul, and apply for a tourist visa there, will the record of being denied in Bangkok affect the decision on getting it? I can’t wait three months to reapply as my semesters starts in two weeks.
Answers (1)
Answered by Brant from SINGAPORE | Aug. 15, 2019 19:54

The denying record may affect your visa application in Seoul or Hong Kong.
Asked by Gin Hill from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 10, 2019 07:31Reply
How do you apply for a child's visa (12 years old) at same time as your own?
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Answered by Pauline from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 12, 2019 23:49

The procedures are almost the same as your own application. You can make one appointment for your both, but complete two different online forms. And you can submit both applications at the same time. Nothing special.
Asked by Agarwal from USA | Aug. 08, 2019 14:51Reply
Travel history in the last 12 months
Will my travel to Turkey in the last one year be an issue in getting a visa? Also, my last travel to Israel is not stamped in the passport. Do I still mention it in the application even though there is no mention of it in the passport? Thanks.
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Answered by William from CANADA | Aug. 08, 2019 23:53

Agarwal, your travel history to Turkey might influence your application, but it doesn't mean you are sure to be refused. You don't have to mention the visit to Israel.
Asked by Kyrian Chinonso from NIGERIA | Jul. 28, 2019 05:51Reply
How long do you have to wait before reapplying for another visa
A virgin passport that is denied chinese visa, how long do you have to wait before reapplying for another visa
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Answered by Monica from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 29, 2019 02:55

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.
Asked by Ilne from NAMIBIA | Jul. 25, 2019 16:26Reply
Applying for another visa after one being rejected
I recently applied for a Chinese L visa but it has been denied. I’m enrolled in a school in China to study a Mandarin Language Course and I need to apply for a student visa by end of August. If the embassy in Hong Kong rejected my L visa can I not apply for any visa for three months or does the rule only apply to L visas?
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Answered by Daniel from UNITED KINGDOM | Jul. 25, 2019 18:35

Ilne, you can still apply for other types.
Answered by Ilne from NAMIBIA | Jul. 26, 2019 00:45

Thank you for your answer Daniel. I appreciate it.
Answered by Martin Sawyer from UNITED KINGDOM | Aug. 08, 2019 13:33

If you're enrolled in a school or college, you need to apply for an X visa (X1 if more than 180 days, X2 is fewer than 180 days).
An L VISA is a tourist visa, which isn't suitable for studying.
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