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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. Invalid 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
 See China Online 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 updated on May. 09, 2023 by Brenda Lian -
Questions & Answers on Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Asked by Cam from AUSTRALIA | May. 29, 2023 23:34Reply
Criminal record - tourist visa
If I have been convicted of drug possession in my home country will my visa be rejected ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Nancy | May. 30, 2023 20:35

I'm sorry but yes, you are probably rejected.
Asked by Nicole from PHILIPPINES | May. 29, 2023 17:38Reply
Student Visa Application
I am from the Philippines and was accepted to a university in Nanjing Province. The school has already mailed me the original admission notice and JW202 form.

This is my first time getting a visa and I have searched the required documents to ensure that I don't miss anything. (The date for submitting my requirements is until July only and I am miles away from the Chinese Embassy)

So far this is what I know I needed, please let me know if there are additional documents that I should prepare:
- Original and photocopy of Passport
- Visa Application Form
- ID Photo 48mmx33mm
- Original and Photocopy of admission letter and JW202
- Bank Statement
- Student ID (Will it be okay to present an old ID? I stopped studying for almost 3 years due to the covid situation. I finished Highschool and can present a diploma but only did a year in college)
- Flight reservation (Should I present this? The school is set to start in October but I was advised by the school director to arrive earlier to settle in)
- Medical examination record (As per the school, they have an examination organized and I believe this can be done within 30 days of arrival)

Any help will be appreciated as I am very anxious. Thank you!
Answers (1)
Answered by Fred | May. 29, 2023 23:43

If you have one, then offering a flight reservation is better. To my limited knowledge, you hav mentioned all the requirements needed. Good luck~
Asked by MK from US | May. 27, 2023 18:13Reply
Traveling from another country
I am an American, living in the US. Can you confirm, if I am traveling to another country prior to visiting China, do I need to add my complete iteniary from that trip, or just show entry and exits from China?

Additionally, how long after I apply for my visa to I have to wait for an invitation for an interview if applying from Washington, DC
Answers (1)
Answered by Mandy | May. 28, 2023 19:53

Generally, you only need to show your entry and exits from China.

It depends on your appointed time and the appointment status and numbers of that day.
Asked by Muhammad Maaz Farooq from PAKISTAN | May. 26, 2023 02:45Reply
I had applied for China Visa, But was rejected. How would I know on what ground rejection was made
Answers (1)
Answered by Mia | May. 28, 2023 19:37

I'm sorry but no one can know the exact reason. Sometimes it's just because the officer was not happy at the moment.
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