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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 S hau from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 13, 2020 07:48Reply
Should I apply for a visa before booking flights?
From what I’ve read one of the documents you should provide along with your itinerary is also a document to show you’ve booked a round trip. But what if you book your flights and your visa gets rejected? Can you give the details of the flight you’re planning to book instead?
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Answered by Liston from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 13, 2020 18:05

No, if you don't have an invitation letter from China, the round-trip flight tickets booking is a must for China visa application.
Asked by Dupcy from NIGERIA | Jan. 13, 2020 05:52Reply
Is it right to fill on your visa form that you were once deny visa before at the china embassy
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Answered by Bruce from USA | Jan. 13, 2020 18:07

You should answer the questions on the application form truthfully so it's right to admit that you were once denied visa.
Asked by Charlie from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 10, 2020 05:38Reply
Visa agency Chinese l visa
Hi.. I applied for a Chinese visa.... I previously have been banned for 5 years, which has now passed.

I applied during those 5 years (without knowing I had a 5 year ban) and was denied during the no entry period....

I've applied now for a L visa through a visa agency... I've got a new passport and included my old one with the application. I asked the visa agent (in hk cts) about the question "have u been rejected before". He ticked no on my form and said its a new passport....

Will this effect my application? By now it's been 6 years since I've been in China...
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Answered by Galvin from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 12, 2020 19:41

It's hard to say. Just wait and see.
Asked by Christina English from UNITED KINGDOM | Jan. 09, 2020 03:52Reply
Cruising from Japan to Beijing for one night stay then cruising to South Korea. Do I need a visa
Answers (1)
Answered by Alan from CANADA | Jan. 09, 2020 18:31

I think you don't need a visa.
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