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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 Nov. 01, 2020 -
Questions & Answers on China Student Visa
Asked by Lily from CHINA | Nov. 29, 2020 20:25Reply
Visa extension
Good afternoon. When should a student visa be extended until? Until I finish my classes or until the university issues a verdict whether I graduated or not?
For example. If my bachelor degree classes finish on 1st of June and I submit all my work but my university only issues a diploma in July or August does my university have to extend my visa only until June or until I get a verdict on my submitted work?
Asked by Nana from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 24, 2020 20:11Reply
Hi, please how do you check the authenticity of a Jw02?
Hi, please how do you check the authenticity of a Jw02?
Answers (1)
Answered by Michelle | Nov. 26, 2020 22:35

You can find a sample online and then compare the two files.
Asked by Wisdom dongs from NIGERIA | Nov. 23, 2020 03:05Reply
Jw202 form issues
Pls i applied a jw202 form for over one year now which the school ,shenyang university of technology,said i should by and i bought it but i haven't still heard from the Chinese government
Answers (1)
Answered by Emma | Nov. 26, 2020 19:34

Dear, what is your problem? May I ask?
Asked by Philile from SOUTH AFRICA | Nov. 13, 2020 04:23Reply
Au Pair Visa to China from South Africa
I have just been accepted by a host family in China to Au Pair for one year. I am not too certain on the type of Visa I should be applying for. I am from South Africa. Would I be right to apply for the X2 student visa?
I need to leave by the second week of December. Please advise.

Thank you.
Answers (3)
Answered by Andrew | Nov. 16, 2020 00:26

You should apply for an X1 student visa, but according to what I know, China does not issue student visas at present.
Answered by Emma | Nov. 23, 2020 23:28

Does china have acceptions if you’ve already been accepted into a school?
Answered by Marta | Nov. 28, 2020 07:22

Unfortunately it is still not available for international students already enrolled in Chinese universities.
Asked by Muthu from INDIA | Nov. 12, 2020 21:53Reply
Can i get visa by using diploma certificate for shanghai, china????
Am willing to work in China, and looking job in textile very seriously....but i done only diploma.. Is it ok to get visa to work in shanghai for diploma holders ???
Answers (1)
Answered by Larrisa | Nov. 15, 2020 23:56

Generally speaking, you should have at least a bachelor's degree.
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