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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 Sep. 10, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Asked by Lea Van vliet from NEDERLAND | Oct. 08, 2019 09:40Reply
I have a Netherlands passport.i am on vacation in malaysia.can I apply in Malaysia for a tourist vis
Answers (1)
Answered by Candy from MALAYSIA | Oct. 09, 2019 20:10

Yes, you can.
Asked by Farida Moshi from TANZANIA | Sep. 28, 2019 18:11Reply
Can I get visa even if my jw202 has expired
I am a Tanzania citizen,and in Tanzania now but my jw202 is out but has not arrived yet and it’s expiring on 10 th October.but by 8th I will have it..the problem is my embassy appointment is on 23 october ,so will they accept my jw202
Answers (2)
Answered by Iva from TANZANIA | Sep. 29, 2019 00:21

It's hard to say. Please contact the embassy and ask.
Answered by Nyagawa from TANZANIA | Oct. 04, 2019 12:10

As long as the school know about your Issue I don't see any problem because they can send to you an extension letter you better talk to your school early
Asked by Jupiter from UNITED KINGDOM | Sep. 28, 2019 04:19Reply
Turkish stamp in UK passport
Are UK citizens being denied work/residency visas to China because of Turkish stamps in passport, ie new applicants from September 2019 onwards?
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Answered by Daisy from NETHERLANDS | Sep. 29, 2019 00:19

Jupiter, the Turkey stamps may affect your visa application results, but it doesn't mean that your application will be denied for sure if you have Turkey stamps on your passport.
Answered by Jboyt from ENGLAND | Oct. 06, 2019 22:32

My mum was denied access to China for merely having a Turkish stamp in her passport. It caused chaos
Asked by Michael Reden Tan Ong from PHILIPPINES | Sep. 21, 2019 20:28Reply
Can my father bring the old passport with unexpired multiple visa along with the new passport to enter Jinjiang China? Thanks!
Answers (1)
Answered by Susan from IRELAND | Sep. 22, 2019 20:56

Yes, he can.
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