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China Visa Introduction and Application

Getting a China visa is the precondition of your access to China. So it is quite essential to learn as much as possible about the information of Chinese visa and the procedures of how to apply for a visa. In this page, the information is mainly comprised of two parts: China Visa Introduction and China Visa Application.



CHINA VISA CATEGORY

-The Chinese visa is generally categorized into several aspects:
-The tourist visa for Chinese tourism or visit to families or friends in China;
-The business visa for business visit, meetings, or studying/ training in China for less than 6 months;
-The student visa for studying in China for more than 6 months;
-The employment visa for employment or commercial performances in China;
-The transit visa for transit through China;
-The journalist visa for resident journalists or journalists going to China for temporary assignment;
-The crew visa for air, train and ship crew members;
-The diplomatic or service visa for diplomatic or service/official passport holders on official mission or posting to China;
-The resident visa for persons intending to reside in China permanently





CHINA VISA APPLICATION



Chinese Tourist Visa (L Visa) Application

Tourist Visa is the quite useful one for travelers to China, and it is also called “L” visa only issued to foreign citizens who intend to visit China for tourism or for visiting families or friends. What you should have to apply for a tourist visa of China:

1. Visa Application Form of the People's Republic of China completed on a computer and printed out on Letter size papers.

2. One colored, front-facing, hatless passport picture taken against a light background within 6 months. Please affix the picture on the application form.
3. The original and one copy of the passport (picture page only). The passport should have at least two blank visa pages and a validity of at least 6 months. Defaced, torn or damaged passports are not acceptable.

4. Evidence of previous Chinese visa. If you have received a Chinese visa before, please submit one copy each of the most recent Chinese visa and the picture page of the passport bearing the visa. Please also bring the original passport if the visa does not contain your name and passport number.

5. U.S citizens may apply for a single-entry visa valid for three months, or double-entry visa valid for six months or multi-entry visa valid for twelve months according to their actual needs. For one year multi-entry visa, the passport must have a validity of no less than 18 months.

6. Additional documents to be submitted by former Chinese citizens who apply for a Chinese visa for the first time. The details include: 1):Former Chinese citizens born on the mainland of China must also submit the original Chinese passport and a copy of the picture page; a copy of the passport renewal page, if applicable; a copy of the Certificate of Naturalization or other naturalization documentation if the Chinese passport has expired; a completed statement (click to download) if the former Chinese passport expired long before your naturalization; a copy of the official record of name change if the name on the current passport is different from that on the Chinese passport; a copy of Marriage Certificate if the applicant's surname has been changed to the husband's. 2): Former Chinese citizens born in Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan must also provide the original and a copy of official proof of their Chinese names, e.g. Birth Certificate, former travel document, and resident card, etc. 3): A child adopted from China must also submit the original Chinese passport with which the child travelled from China, and a copy of the picture page; the original and a copy of the Adoption Certificate; official record of name change if the Adoption Certificate does not reflect the change of name.

7. A child of Chinese descent born in a foreign country, who applies for a Chinese visa for the first time, must also submit the original and a copy of Birth Certificate as well as the original and a copy of either parent's foreign passport or foreign permanent residence permit (e.g. US Green Card) in addition to requirements "a","b" and "c" stated above, so as to verify the child's citizenship.

8. Travelers to the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) must submit Travel Permit to Tibet. Please contact the Tourism Bureau of TAR (Tel. +86-891-6834313, Fax: +86-891-6834632) in advance for the Permit.

9. Non-US citizens must also provide the original and a copy of official document (e.g. Green Card, work visa, or student visa) that provides for residence in the US for no less than 6 months. Non-US citizens on temporary visit to the US should apply for a Chinese visa in their own country of citizenship in advance.

10. Other documents that may be required by the visa officer at the time of application.

Tips of China Travel Visa Application

The application may be submitted by the applicant or by a representative. No power of attorney or appointment is needed. The Visa Office does not accept visa application through mail. Visitors who need to stay in China beyond the permitted duration of stay specified on the visa should apply to the local public security bureau for an extension of stay in advance. Overstay without permission will be subject to punishments such as a fine. Please click here to see a visa sample. The above information may be subject to adjustment when necessary without prior notice. In such cases, the consul's explanation will prevail.


China Student Visa (X Visa) Application

Student Visa, also called “X” Visa in abbreviation, is issued to applicants who intend to study or receive training or internship in China for more than 6 months. The relevant details required as below:

1. Visa Application Form of the People's Republic of China completed on a computer and printed out on Letter size papers. Please consult the "Instructions" (click to view) while filling out the forms.
2. One colored, front-facing, hatless passport picture taken against a light background within 6 months. Please affix the picture on the application form.
3. The original and one copy of the passport (picture page only). The passport should have at least two blank visa pages and a validity of at least 6 months. Defaced, torn or damaged passports are not acceptable.
4.The original and a copy of the "Visa Application Form for International Students" issued by the Ministry of Education of China.
5. The original and a copy of the "Letter of Admission" from the accepting school in China.
6. Evidence of previous Chinese visa. If you have received a Chinese visa before, please submit one copy each of the most recent Chinese visa and the picture page of the passport bearing the visa. Please also bring the original passport if the visa does not contain your name and passport number.
7. Additional documents to be submitted by former Chinese citizens who apply for a Chinese visa for the first time (Please see Requirement "f" under "L" Visa).
8. Non-US citizens must also provide the original and a copy of official document (e.g. Green Card, work visa, or student visa) that provides for residence in the US for no less than 6 months.
9. Other documents that may be required by the visa officer at the time of application.

Tips of China Student Visa Application

US citizens may apply for a multi-entry student visa valid for one year, provided that the student's passport has a validity of no less than 12 months. Non-US citizens may apply for a single entry student visa valid for 3 months. The duration of stay for "X" Visa is "000". All "X" Visa holders must apply for residence permit at the local public security bureau within 30 days of entry into China irrespective of the number of entries specified on the visa. Visa application may be submitted by the applicant or by a representative. No power of attorney or appointment is needed. The Visa Office does not accept visa application through mail. The above information may be subject to adjustment when necessary without prior notice. In such cases, the consul's explanation will prevail.





VISA PICKUP TIME, FEES AND PAYMENT



1). Visa Pickup Time

Pick-up Form is issued upon successful submission of application. Please take the Pick-up Form with you when picking up your visa.

Normal pick-up: Visas can be picked up the 4th working day if the application is successfully submitted before 13:30 or the 5th working if the application is submitted after 13:30.
Express pick-up: Under urgent or special circumstances, at the discretion of the consul, visas can be picked up the 2nd working day if the application is successfully submitted before 13:30 or the 3rd working day if the application is submitted after 13:30.


2). Visa Fees (in US Dollars)

The price list as below is a mainly suitable for citizens from US and European countries. It may be not so accurate as the real one in many other countries, so please note that the fees may be different for citizens of a number of countries.

a. Visa Fees for US Citizens

Number of Entries Visa Validity 2nd or 3rd Day Pickup 4th or 5th Day Pickup
Single Entry 3 months $160 $140
Double Entries 6 months $160 $140
Multi-entry 6 months $160 $140
Multi-entry 12 months $160 $140

b. Visa Fees for Non-US Citizens

Number of Entries Visa Validity 2nd or 3rd Day Pickup 4th or 5th Day Pickup
Single Entry 3 months $50 $30
Double Entries 6 months $65 $45
Multi-entry 6 months $80 $60


3).The China Visa Application Form and Instruction

This is an authoritative form published by Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in New York; you can directly get it by clicking this link of China Visa Application Form, and for how to fill in the form, please read this instruction in details by clicking this link of Instructions on the Completion of the Visa Application Form.





ADDITIONAL TIPS FOR CHINA VISA APPLICATIONS



1). Documents for Children of Chinese Descent Born in the U.S.

A. A Child of Chinese descent born in the US is deemed a US citizen if either of the child's parents is a US citizen or a US Permanent Resident Card holder, and the child needs to apply for a visa with the following documents before going to China. :

1. Visa Application Form of the People's Republic of China completed on a computer and printed out on Letter size papers. Please consult the Instructions (click to view) while filling out the form.
2. One colored, front-facing, hatless passport picture taken against a light background within 6 months. Please affix the picture on the application form.
3. The original and one copy of the passport ( picture page only). The passport should have at least two blank visa pages and a validity of at least 6 months. Defaced, torn or damaged passports are not acceptable.
4. The original and a copy of the child's Birth Certificate.
5. The original and a copy of the US passport or Permanent Resident Card of one of the parents;
6. If the child has visited China before with a Chinese visa, there is no need to submit documents stated in Requirements "d" and "f" stated above.
7. Evidence of previous Chinese visa. If the child has received a Chinese visa before, please submit one copy each of the most recent Chinese visa and the picture page of the passport bearing the visa. Please also bring the original passport if the visa does not contain the child' name and passport number.
8. Other documents that may be required by the visa officer at the time of application.

B. A child of Chinese descent born in the US is deemed a Chinese citizen if both parents of the child are Chinese citizens without US permanent residence Card. The child needs to apply for a "Travel Document of the People's Republic of China" before going to China. For details, please check the website of the Passport and Visa Office at http://newyork.china-consulate.org/chn/lszj/bzyq/hzqz/t42306.htm.


2). Visa or Entry Permit for Hong Kong SAR

A. US citizens:

US citizens can visit HKSAR for tourism or business purposes for up to 90 days without a visa. A Hong Kong visa is required if a US citizen intends to stay in HKSAR for more than 90 days; or to work, study, establish or join in any business, or to take up residence in the HKSAR. And you need submit a visa application to the Immigration Department of HKSAR directly or through the nearest Chinese diplomatic or consular mission. If a visa application is submitted through a Chinese diplomatic or consular mission, prior approval from the Immigration Department of HKSAR is needed before the visa can be issued. The process may take a month or so. While the visa fee (US$30) is paid when picking up the visa, a telecommunication fee of US$20 has to be paid when the application is submitted.

By the way, US Travel Document holders should apply for HKSAR visa at the nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate. US Travel Document holders whose nationality is written "China" should apply for HK Entry Permit with their Chinese Passport or Chinese Travel Document.

B. Citizens of all other countries or territories:

To learn more about HKSAR visa requirement for all other countries or territories, please go to the official website of Immigration Department of The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to see the Visit Visa / Entry Permit Requirements Part II http://www.immd.gov.hk/ehtml/hkvisas_4.htm#part2.

C. Visa fees and payment:

Hong Kong Visa is usually ready for pick-up on the fourth working day from the date of application. Visa fee is US$30 irrespective of the number of entries. Under special circumstances, an applicant may apply for second day or third day pick-up. An extra fee of US$20 per application will be charged.


3). Visa for Macao SAR

US Citizens may visit Macau SAR for up to 30 days without a visa. Citizens of all other countries or territories can directly inquire in their nearest consulates of China or telephone the authorities.The address and working hours of the Identification Department of Macau SAR can be found at http://www.dsi.gov.mo/location_e.html.


4). Guides for Visa Application Agents

1. Examine the Passport: Please make sure that the applicant's passport have a remaining validity of no less than 6 months and have at least 2 blank visa pages. Please make a special note if the applicant's name or birth date has been changed.

2. Examine the Application form: The Visa Application Form of the People's Republic of China (2011 Edition) must be completed on a computer and printed out on Letter size papers. Please consult the Instructions on the Completion of the Visa Application Form.

3. Submitting the Applications: a. For the convenience of individual applicants, group applications with more 10 passports are required to be submitted before 12:00pm. They will not be accepted after 1:30 pm. b. Please prepare all application materials and have them ready. Applications may be rejected if they do not meet requirements or you have submitted illusive documents. c. Please put application forms and other materials into the blank page of each passport. d. Please submit applications separately according to pickup dates, numbers of entries and categories of visas. e. Foreign passports, application forms and relevant application materials will be kept here. Please be noticed that original documents such as birth certificates, green cards or Chinese passports (which will be cancelled) will be returned immediately. f. Please submit any special application separately and explain to consuls in detail. g. Those who submit applications should bear the responsibility for checking the pick-up forms. Any questions should be addressed with consuls immediately.

4. Picking up: The operators accept Master Card or Visa Card, money order or company check only. Please write down your business phone number on the back of company checks. Visa paid in dud check will be cancelled and applications of the relevant company will be rejected in the future. Those who pick up visas have the responsibility to check the visas in detail. Please report to consuls immediately if there is any problem with the visa.





TRAVEL GUIDE BEFORE TRAVELERS’ TOUR IN CHINA



A. Please apply for a Chinese visa in advance according to your travel plan. The Visa Application Form should be fully and truthfully completed on a computer and printed out on Letter size papers.

B. The final decision on whether to issue a visa, validity/ type of visa, number of entries, and duration of each stay is made by consular officers case by case according to laws and regulations and is not to be contested.

C. Applicants have the responsibility to check the contents of visas upon receiving them and report any problems to consuls immediately.

D. All US citizens, including Chinese Americans, must have valid visas when entering China. Before you travel to China, please check if you have a visa or if the existing visa is still valid and if there are enough number of entries. If not, please apply for a new visa. Please note that a valid visa on an expired passport becomes invalid automatically. In such a case, please apply for a new visa with the new passport.

E. Foreign citizens should not stay in China beyond the duration of stay specified on the visa. Please apply for an extension of stay at a local Public Security Bureau if you need to stay longer than permitted on the visa.

F. Understanding the Chinese visa (Please click here to see a sample) :
"Enter before" refers to the validity of the visa. You may enter China anytime before 12:00pm on the date printed after "Enter Before" if there is enough number of entries. A visa exceeding its validity becomes invalid and is not renewable even if you have not used all the "Entries". "Entries" refers to the number of times you can enter China within the validity of the visa. A visa becomes invalid and is not renewable after the specified number of "Entries" is used up. A visa exceeding its validity is also invalid even if the "Entries" are not used up. In such cases, you will have to apply for another visa before you travel to China again.
"Duration of Each Stay" refers to the longest number of days you are permitted to stay in China from the date of each entry. Holders of "X", "Z", J-1and "D" visas must apply for residence permit at a local Public Security Bureau within 30 days of their entry into China.

Wang Xizhi
The detailed show of how to understand a Chinese visa


G. Please note that the following circumstances may result in refusal of boarding the plane or entry into China, and may be subject to punishment including a fine: Departing for China without a valid visa; Departing for China with an expired visa; Staying in China beyond the "Duration of Each Stay" permitted on the visa; Staying in China after the passport has expired (even if the visa is still valid).

H. Visa applicants/holders are responsible for the consequences due to the following:
The Visa Application Form is not truthfully and completely filled out; Applying for a visa too long ahead of the scheduled travel, resulting in the expiration of visa before arriving China; Failure to receive a visa in time due to late submission of visa application; Expiration of visa due to the rescheduling of travel after a visa is issued; Failure to examine the contents of visa upon receiving it and report problems immediately; Failure to examine the validity, number of entries beforehand, resulting in the refusal of boarding the plane or entry into China; Ignorance of the category and validity of visa and the duration of stay specified on the visa, resulting in illegal overstay in China;






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