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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 Jun. 21, 2021 -
Questions & Answers on China Student Visa
Asked by Margie from PHILIPPINES | Jul. 21, 2021 17:55Reply
Student visa
I’m here in china can I apply student visa without leaving china I could ask an agent in our country To do it , I don’t want to go back in my country .
Answers (1)
Answered by Aaron | Jul. 26, 2021 19:18

Margie, you can try to apply for the student visa at the local exit and entry administration in China.
Asked by Deblazio | Jul. 14, 2021 13:49Reply
internship visa cost in shanghai
Hey guys, does anyone knows the amount to pay at the Bureau of Exit entry when applying for an internship visa (i originally own a X1)?
Answers (1)
Answered by Danis | Jul. 19, 2021 02:01

The cost is CNY 160 for most countries.
Asked by Mike from CHINA | Jul. 08, 2021 00:32Reply
I would like to know about the T visa in details,how many times can I apply etc?Thanks
Answers (1)
Answered by Ross from USA | Jul. 12, 2021 01:18

Generally speaking, you can apply for it twice at most.
Asked by Rosie from THE NETHERLANDS | Jul. 01, 2021 06:15Reply
Can I get a Student Visa as Dutch student?
Currently I am studying at the University of Amsterdam and I have been accepted to do an exchange at Tsinghua University upcoming September. Is there a possibility that they will approve my Visa application or is the chance zero? I read some news articles that China is closing its borders for another year or so...
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Answered by Mandy | Jul. 05, 2021 00:56

Rosie, actually you can have a try. You may ask the school to issue you an invitation letter to help you with the visa application process.
Answered by Rosie | Jul. 05, 2021 01:19

Thank you Mandy! Will do. Do you know which website I can use best to apply for a visa? The Chinese Embassy Centre in the Netherlands is closed at the moment unfortunately...
Asked by Salim from RWANDA | Jun. 23, 2021 02:11Reply
Student visa denial
Can a person be rejected because they got tested positive for syphilis?
Answers (1)
Answered by Tom | Jun. 28, 2021 00:52

Yes, it's possible.
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