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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 Nov. 29, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Asked by Lala from PHILIPPINES | Jan. 05, 2021 20:52Reply
What is the usual situation of a work visa extension application interview like?

Are the immigration staffs strict?

What are the common questions they ask for people extending their work visa?

Thank you.
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma | Jan. 11, 2021 00:44

They will usually ask nothing as long as you can provide all the necessary documents.
Asked by david from USA | Nov. 28, 2020 18:35Reply
while traveling in china my visa was cancelled (around the time of the hong kong protests)
I was traveling in china and wanted to go to hong kong for a day trip, I was not working in china at all during this period. However, they told me that it was unreasonable for foreigners to be in china if not for work, so I must be working illegally and they cancelled my visa. That was over a year ago at this point. In the future I would like to travel to china again to see friends, but I don't know if I'll be rejected or not. They told the hong kong immigration officials that I had been working illegally, but when they recorded me they said i was being denied entry for suspicious activities. So, I'm not sure how that will reflect on being able to go traveling there again. Is there a way to check my status?
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Answered by david | Nov. 28, 2020 23:30

I should also mention, I wasn't fined anything, there was a vague "next you come here speak more chinese!!" and then that was that
Answered by Susan | Nov. 29, 2020 23:48

Well... if you just apply for a tourist visa in the future, you still have a chance to get it. There is no way to check your status, sorry.
Asked by sarah from TUNISIA | Nov. 23, 2020 05:56Reply
im a student and i have a bad record for illegal working in china , i was fined 5000
hello , will my visa get rejected if i apply , ive caught once illegal working in china , and they fined me about 5000 , and they said the record will be national , so do i have a chance if reapply again to study????
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Answered by Ross | Nov. 26, 2020 19:38

Sarah, to be honest, I'm afraid your visa will be rejected.
Asked by Neressa Naidoo from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 15, 2020 21:44Reply
What visa can I apply for to take my niece and nephew back to their parents in china
The children are 6 and 8 respectively. They got locked in with me in South Africa. Their parents teach in Guangzhou and kids attend school there. We have tried applying for an S1 visa but the visas are just being rejected. Please help
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Answered by Jessica | Nov. 19, 2020 19:42

Maybe you can try to apply for a humanitarian visa, but I think the chance to get it is not big.
Asked by Reese from UNITED STATES | Nov. 06, 2020 13:46Reply
Is china rejecting S1 visa right now? I have an offer and can obtain my z visa but am worried about my spouse getting their s visa during the pandemic. We're recently married. All help is greatly appreciated.
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Answered by Nathan | Nov. 12, 2020 19:25

Reese, if your PU or TE invitation letter has your wife's name on it, she can apply for the S1 visa right now.
Answered by Reese | Nov. 12, 2020 22:13

Really? Thank you this is so helpful!
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