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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 Jan. 11, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Asked by Paul from UNITED KINGDOM | Apr. 09, 2021 19:10Reply
Possible medical issue for visa
I have a job to start in August at a school in Beijing. I am a fully qualified teacher from the UK. I had my medical yesterday and there was an issue with my ECG result. I’ve never known of any sort of heart issues with myself. It showed an irregular heartbeat and has been sent off to a specialist cardiologist to look at. I am stressing so bad worrying that it is going to stop me getting a work visa for my dream job. Can anyone help or advise me if they think this could stop me getting a work visa? I am 34 years old and feel as healthy as ever, so the ECG result was a complete shock to me.
Asked by Rene from CHINA | Apr. 05, 2021 08:01Reply
Work visa application was rejected under own company
My company just established in Feb 2021 in Shanghai. Also I have bank account and office space rented. Work Permit is also successfully issued in Mar 2021. However, the immigration officer rejected my work visa application without giving me a definite reasons. I did unintentionally overstayed for 10days but it was already taken care of. What do you think is the real reason I was rejected here? All of these processes I did it without an agent. Thanks in advance!
Asked by Matthew from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 22, 2021 02:46Reply
Does anybody know when the visa application center will be accepting "z" visa applications?
I have LOI ( Letter of Invitation) for a job but when you go to their website it shows that the services are still not available. Can citizens from other countries get visas for China?
Answers (1)
Answered by Keith | Apr. 05, 2021 20:12

Mattew, yes, I heard that some people can now apply for China visas if they fulfill the requirements. You can call the center to inquire about this.
Asked by Andy from SOUTH AFRICA | Mar. 07, 2021 01:14Reply
Work visa application
I have all the documents needed for work visa but my TEFL certificate is not authenticated and legalized since the Chinese embassy in my country is not working since last year April and I’m stuck in China. Is it possible for me to get a work visa?
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Answered by Kathie | Mar. 21, 2021 20:01

Andy, if you cannot get your TEFL certificate authenticated and legalized, you may not be able to get a work permit, which is required for getting a work visa of China.
Asked by Chris from ENGLAND | Feb. 19, 2021 13:18Reply
Visa for Christian Minister
I'm hoping to visit as a tourist, going on an organised small group trip with a well known and long established travel company. I have no intentions of doing anything but having a holiday. What are the chances that my visa application will be turned down, do you think? Is there anything I can do to reassure the officials?
Answers (2)
Answered by Jenny | Feb. 25, 2021 00:31

I think your chance to get a tourist visa is big if you book a tour from a travel company.
Answered by Chris | Feb. 25, 2021 02:20

Thank you!
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