What supporting docs do I need?
Original signed passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a copy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.
2. Visa Application Form
The visa application form, which can be downloaded from the China embassy website of your country must be filled in truly and completely. For example, if you are a USA citizen, you can download the application form from the official website of the Embassy of the PRC in the USA.
Affix a recent passport photo to the application form.
4. Residence Permit
A third-country national applying for China visa in, for example, America, should provide valid certification of residence, work or study, or a valid original third-country visa and its copy, or other valid proof of legal stay provided by the relevant authorities of the third country.
5. Additional Supporting Documents for Major Visa Types
L (Tourist Visa): Documents showing the itinerary including a round-trip air ticket booking record and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China with the following information:
1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
2) Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.)
3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)
M (Business Visa): Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by relevant entity or individual, with the same details as described above for L visa.
F (Noncommercial Visit Visa): An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China, which contains the same info as described above for L visa.
G (Transit Visa): An onward air (train or ship) ticket with a confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region.
X (Student Visa): Original and photocopy of the Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China. Original and photocopy of "Visa Application for Study in China" (Form JW201 or Form JW202) will be required for the X1 Visa with an intended stay for over 6 months.
Z (Work Visa): One of the following docs should be provided:
1) Foreigners Employment Permit issued by The Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the PRC.
2) Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts.
3) Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries(regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration.
4) An approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs.
5) Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation.
Where to submit the application and collect my Chinese visa?
Applicants can go to the Chinese embassy, consulate or China Visa Application Center to submit documents for the visa personally or entrust others or travel agencies. If needed, applicants need to go to the embassy or consulate general to have a personal interview or sign application materials. Applying for a China visa through professional visa agencies like VisaHQ.com will cost extra but make things simple.
China Visa Processing Time
Generally, if all the correct documents are turned in, China Visa are usually prepared within 4 workdays. It takes only one day for an extra urgent application.
1. Normally a child is not required to come to the Visa Office in person and the application can be submitted by the parent(s) or an agent.
2. Please make sure that all information provided in the application is true and correct. Any false, misleading or incomplete information may result in delay or even denial of the visa, or refusal of entry into China.
3. Usually the invitation letter can be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may require the original one if necessary.
4. An applicant may be required to provide other proof, documents or supplementary materials, or schedule an interview with the consular officer.
5. The consular officer will decide whether or not to grant a visa, and allowed validity, duration of stay, and number of entries based on the individual application.