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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 Dec. 22, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Student Visa
Asked by Margarita Santos from PHILIPPINES | Mar. 23, 2020 08:04Reply
Can we apply x visa here in china , we don’t want to go back to our country because of the corona vi
Answers (1)
Answered by Jack from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 25, 2020 22:56

Dear Margarita, where are you now? I'm afraid it's very hard to get a China visa at present.
Asked by Dave from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 19, 2020 08:24Reply
Visa for UK Student Wishing to complete a placement
I'm a student based in a UK university and I need to complete a mandatory placement in China as part for my degree, lasting a minimum of 9 months. I will still be registered as a student at my university and assessed during the placement.

What visa is most appropriate for my needs?
Answers (1)
Answered by Edward from UNITED KINGDOM | Mar. 23, 2020 00:46

Dave, do you receive salary for the placement? If yes, work visa is most appropriate for your needs. If not, you can apply for an S or F visa.
Asked by saeed jamal from PAKISTAN | Mar. 03, 2020 18:36Reply
Chines visa price for new students
I applied for CSC scholarship 2020 21and i want to know is there visa price deposit by students or university provide free visa to scholarship awardee.
If students pay the visa then how much pakistani money will be needed.
Answers (1)
Answered by Rachel | Mar. 06, 2020 17:26

Saeed, you need to pay the fee for visa yourself. As far as I know, if you apply for it at the China Visa Application Center in Pakistan, the fee is 6,561 rupees.
Asked by Alexis from CHINA | Mar. 03, 2020 08:46Reply
Student visa
I’m a student here in China, my visa is to expire on the 20 of this month, but I’m not in my city and I can’t go back due to the virus, how can I apply for the visa if I’m not in my city?
Answers (1)
Answered by Bonnie from CHINA | Mar. 03, 2020 20:39

Please go to the exit and entry administration of the city you are current in to see what to do. Actually, as far as I know, the transportation system between most cities have resumed operation, so you may go back to the residential city to do the extension.
Asked by Nariman from ALGERIA | Feb. 21, 2020 04:59Reply
Visa x1 expired
I applied to Chinese university and I was supposed to go before the end of November last year but bcz of some problems I couldn't go and when I was ready to go in January it was the coronavirus situation so I also couldn't go and my 3 months validly Visa has expired , I'm about to renew my passport in order to apply for a new Visa would that be possible bcz my papers have the old passport number ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Missmangobutt from NIGERIA | Feb. 25, 2020 02:02

In my opinion I think it might be a problem because your admission letter already contained the old passport number
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