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China Student Visa (X)

Chinese student visa, also known as the X visa, is issued to aliens who come to China for study, advanced studies, or fieldwork. It can be divided into two types:

X1 visa: For long-term study > 180 days
X2 visa: For short-term study ≤ 180 days

The validity of both is 90 days from the date of issue, while the stay duration for X1 visa is usually 000, which needs to be determined after the applicant enters China, and that for X2 visa is not more than 180 days.

For international students, it’s necessary to find an organization accredited for offering courses or internships to foreigners so that they will send a JW201 or JW202 form and an admission letter.
See Chinese Universities Enrolling Foreign Students

China Student Visa Requirements & Documents

1. Passport

- Applicant's original passport valid up to at least six months with at least one blank page.

2. Application Form

- One accurately and truthfully completed China Student Visa Application Form.

3. Recent Photo

- Affix one recent passport style color photo with full face, front view, no hat, and against a plain light background onto the application form.

4. Admission Notice

- Original and a copy of Admission Notice from the Chinese university or school.

5. JW201 or JW202 Form - for X1 application only

Original and a copy of approved Foreign Student Visa Application Form JW201 or JW202.

1. Since US students can now apply for the five-year X1 visa, their passports should have a remaining validity of at least one year if applying for the 5-year X1 visa.
2. The JW201 or JW202 form should be obtained through the school you are to enroll at. JW201 form is issued to international students dispatched by government or funded by Chinese government scholarships while JW202 is for self-sponsored foreign students. (Download Application Form for Chinese Government Scholarship)

How to Apply for China X visa

1. You may submit the application to the consular office of the Chinese embassies, consulates, or China Visa Application Centers (CVASC) in person.
2. Or you can entrust someone else (e.g. friends, relatives), a travel agency or a visa agency to act on your behalf if you can't come personally. Power of attorney is not required.
3. Mailed applications are refused by most Chinese embassies or consulates, but acceptable in many CVASCs.
4. Appointment is not required by most embassies and consulates. But if you are required to submit application to CVASC, you may need to make an online appointment via CVASC's website.

Processing Time

The regular processing time is 4 working days. If you want to collect your visa earlier, the express service and rush service are available.
Express Service: 2-3 working days processing; extra US$ 20 will be charged.
Rush Service: 1 working day processing; extra US$ 30 will be charged.

China Student Visa Fees

The fee for X visa is the same with the fee for other types of Chinese visa. Since X1 visa only has one entry and seldom do Chinese embassies and consulates issue multiple-entry X2 visas, here we only list single-entry and double-entry X visa fees for reference.

China X Visa Types US Citizens Canadian Citizens UK Citizens Australian Citizens
Single Entry USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 109.5
Double Entries USD 140 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 139.5

For more details, please click China Visa Fees.

Things to Know for X1 Visa Holders

X1 visa holders shall apply for a Temporary Residence Permit from the local Exit and Entry Administration within 30 days upon entry into China. The temporary residence permit can be issued with the validity of up to 5 years. Documents required include passport, admission notice, JW201 or JW202 form, Foreigner Physical Examination Record, a registration of accommodation, and a passport style white-background photo.

Within the validity of the Temporary Residence Permit, students can travel into and out of mainland China freely.

When the study in China ends, X1 visa holders should go to the local Exit and Entry Administration to cancel the Temporary Residence Permit and apply for a 30-day tourist visa with zero entry to avoid problems.

Things to Know for X2 Visa Holders

X2 holders shall stay in China within the duration period as indicated on the visa, and it is not necessary for them to apply for the temporary residence permit. In case that they need to extend the X2 visa, please go to the local Exit and Entry Administration to handle this affair 30 days before the expiration date.

Working on X Visa Is Not Allowed

You are not permitted to work on the X type visa. But part-time work and internships off campus may be authorized. You should contact you university or employer after you have settled in China to see what can be arranged.

For foreign students who work in violation of Chinese regulations or beyond the prescribed scope of jobs or time limit, they shall be deemed unlawful employment and will probably have to stop or be expelled. 


Further Reading:

8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form
Top 8 Reasons Why Your China Visa Gets Rejected
Student Group Tours
Student Travel Tips        

- Last modified on Jan. 24, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Student Visa
Asked by wasay from INDIA | May. 09, 2021 02:10Reply
regarding the e visa appliction opened by the chinese embassy is it applicable for students
hi recently the Chinese embassy has started e visa application in various embassies across the globe can you please tell me is it also open for students or we need to wait for confirmation fro mofa regarding students return after that we should apply
awaiting your response
Answers (2)
Answered by Stella | May. 10, 2021 01:03

Hello there, as I know, China has not opened the e-visa application in any country yet. You still need to apply for a paper visa attached to your passport.
Answered by S.Pillai | May. 10, 2021 07:46

They have started E-Visa ,and students visa option is active,but don't know about the acceptance
Asked by Sheharyar from PAKISTAN | May. 01, 2021 08:15Reply
Hi my visa is going to expire in June and my Jw202 is also will expire in June but no i don't want
Hi my visa is going to expire in June and my Jw202 is also will expire in June but n i don't want to go back because i applied for master on csc which result came late i need 3 month visa what is solution Also my school is not give me extention
Answers (1)
Answered by Linda | May. 10, 2021 01:07

You need to go to the local Public Security Bureau (PSB) Exit and Entry Administration to renew or extend your visa. The procedure is similiar to the application procedure and you'd better do it at least 7 days before your visa expries.
Asked by Da Niel from CHINA | Apr. 30, 2021 21:08Reply
I graduated in January and I have applied for a masters program which I have gained admission.
I graduated in January 2021 and I have applied for a masters program which I have gained admission pending my visa processing. I was working full time after my graduation and the police has taken my passport and phone. What are my options
Answers (1)
Answered by Stella | May. 10, 2021 01:12

One thing to confirm, you haven't overstayed your current visa, right? If so, you can go to the local Public Security Bureau (PSB) Exit and Entry Administration to renew or extend your visa.
Asked by Layla from SOMALIA | Apr. 26, 2021 14:31Reply
Student visa extension: graduated in jan 2021
Iam in china now graduated in jan 2021 school gave us 3 month extention to book ticket and finish our papers and leave but due to secound wave of covid 19 we cant fine flights,my visa will expire in 3days,do you think school will give me another extention if no what should i do
Answers (1)
Answered by Chloe | Apr. 26, 2021 19:30

Foreigners who apply for extension of the duration of stay in their visas should apply to the exit/entry administration of the public security bureau 7 days before the expiry date of the visa, and submit relevant supporting materials. You have only 3 days left. I suggest you do this immediately. Otherwise it would be a trouble of overstay if your visa expires.
Asked by ashfaq mostain kabir from BANGLADESH | Mar. 15, 2021 05:04Reply
i applied to nanning university of china in 2020
i have all the paper work with jw and offer latter are you given student visa? if yes plz give your email to contact.
Answers (1)
Answered by Kate | Mar. 22, 2021 01:48

Dear, you need to contact the Chinese embassy in Bangladesh directly to inquire about this.
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