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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 Apr. 23, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Asked by Richard from VENEZUELA | Apr. 25, 2019 07:27Reply
Z type visa Denied in Hong Kong
I’m going back to my country to apply there again, but I will have a new passport now, so should I explain to them what happen to me in HK on this re apply Visa?? with this new passport.?
Asked by anizahh from MALAYSIA | Apr. 22, 2019 19:30Reply
Malaysian and will be travelling to Malaysia via Hong Kong with an emergency travel document
Hello I am Malaysian and will be traveling back to Malaysia via Hong Kong using an emergency travel document. My questions are could I have an overnight layover in Hong Kong and do I need a transit visa since my travel document is not at ICAO standard?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily from USA | Apr. 23, 2019 20:00

Dear, I personally think you don't need the visa as your travel documents certifies your nationality as a Malaysian who can enjoy free transit in Hong Kong. However, you need to confirm this further with the HK Immigration. Here is its contact information: Tel: (852) 82824 6111; Emai: enquiryimmd.gov.hk
Asked by Xavier from UK | Apr. 20, 2019 09:47Reply
Application form number
How do I get an application number ?
Does the number come up when the application form is completed?
Do I need to give the names and dates of all the hotels I am going to stay in?
Cant I give just the details of the 1st hotel in Beijing ?
Where do I get the application number to make an appointment?
Thank you
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Answered by Vivian from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 22, 2019 20:24

Yes, the application number is generated after you complete the application form. You had better give names and dates of all the hotels you are going to lodge. However, it's fine to change the hotel after you get the visa.
Answered by xavier from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 23, 2019 00:26

Hello Vivian
Thank you for your reply but i am still totally in the dark .
I completed the application form , printed it , saved it , how can it then generate an application number when it has not gone anywhere and is still on my screen ?
Do i need to e - mail it and , if so , to whom ?
This is turning into a complete nightmare and i cannot see a way out.
Answered by Vivian from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 23, 2019 00:47

Dear, don't worry. I tried it and I did find the application form number. The thing is that you have to click "Quick Access" on the homepage of the CVASC in UK. Then select "Enter" below the word "Application Form". After that, you can see a page displaying Instructions for online visa application form and something like this. Just go to the bottom and tick "Agree". Then, select your location in the pull-down menu of the new page. Enter the verification code and select A "This option is the most straightforward way of completing and submitting your application form. You can use it at any time no matter what circumstances you are under. " After all are done, click "Start" at the bottom of this page, and you will see the application form number in the new window in the form of 0005518690 (an example).
Asked by Igboji Joseph from NIGERIA | Apr. 14, 2019 14:07Reply
How much will you have in your account before student visa will be granted?
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Answered by Scott | Apr. 16, 2019 00:09

You are advised to contact the China embassy to inquire that.
Asked by Lieszl from PHILIPPINES | Apr. 10, 2019 17:52Reply
Denied visa with no reason
Got denied visa on April 4 2019 with no reason why i got denied. Then re apply again on April 8, 2019. with additional invitation letter and itinerary. My visit to china was a company sponsored. Any chances that i still got a denied?
Answers (1)
Answered by Lee | Apr. 11, 2019 19:12

Feel sorry for what happened to you, but sometimes, the consular officers may deny the application without giving any reasons. You can try to re-apply again, and if you meet all the requirements you can it.
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