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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. 16, 2018 -
Questions & Answers on Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Asked by Arun from INDIA | Dec. 15, 2018 03:52Reply
One day overstay on F visa
Being unaware about the expiry date, I landed on 12th March 2017 and had booked flight for returning back on 12th May (visa was for two months). I was told by immigration office that I had overstayed for one day and was given a form for signing but no fine nothing.
Is there any consequences on my next Z in 2019. If any what might be?
Probabilities of rejection. And any ban on reentry?
Please help me
Answers (1)
Answered by Nick from FINLAND | Dec. 16, 2018 22:59

In your case, you can try to apply for the work Z type after you prepare all right documents. Your one day overstay would not affect that. Good luck.
Asked by Bimbo from INDIA | Dec. 12, 2018 19:36Reply
Im Nigerian Nd i applied for China tourist L in Mumbai
documents were complete but the reason for rejecting the visa was that i should go Nd Apply in dehli or Kolkata... do u think I should reapply or just forget about t
Answers (1)
Answered by Devine from BELGIUM | Dec. 12, 2018 19:49

Personally I think you can go to the right visa office and reapply for that.
Asked by Ji from PHILIPPINES | Dec. 12, 2018 11:56Reply
Inactive + Active Bank Account Statements
I'm from PH and I am planning to visit China and Hongkong next year. This will be my first time applying for chinese entry permit. Requirements needed is a 6 mos bank statement. I opened a bank account almost a year ago but closed it 4 mos ago and opened another account on the same bank (interest rates offering is better on my new bank account) Will the embassy accept 2 mos bank statement from my old bank account + 4 mos bank statement of my new bank account? I can provide more than 2000 usd show money.

Also I am planning to apply for a double entry visa. Shenzhen to Hongkong then back to Shenzhen. The only country I've been is Taiwan. What are the chances of being approved

Thanks lots for any advise.
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Answered by Daley from GERMANY | Dec. 12, 2018 19:18

Hi, you are advised to contact the visa office to inquire if you can use both old and new bank statements for that application. Usually, if you can meet the requirements, they would give you proper visa according to your need.
Asked by Mandy from ZIMBABWE | Dec. 03, 2018 16:02Reply
Hie I have a question, can Zimbabweans also apply for a Z visa?
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Answered by Day from FINLAND | Dec. 03, 2018 22:38

Yes, you can apply for it if you can meet all requirements.
Answered by Roger from BAHRAIN | Dec. 04, 2018 09:28

Hey Mendy . When are u planning on coming to China??
Asked by Rose from ZIMBABWE | Nov. 30, 2018 02:30Reply
Hello. Is it possible to apply for an x1 from country within asia but not your hometown?
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Answered by Anessa from DENMARK | Dec. 03, 2018 09:27

That could be possible. If you are worried, you can contact the visa office from those Asia countries to inquire before you do that.
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