China

CHINA VISA APPLICATION

TOURIST VISA
  1. Original, signed United States of America passport with at least 1 year validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.
  2. Passport-type photograph: 1
  3. Copy of round trip tickets or itinerary (Applicant’s name must be on itinerary)
  4. Copy of hotel reservations (Applicant’s name must be on Hotel Reservation).

If visiting friends or family, you must provide a letter of invitation from the host in China. The letter must be signed and should be address to the “Consulate of China, Visa Section.” The letter must contain the following information:
Personal information of the applicant: Name, gender, date of birth, and passport details
Details of the visit: Dates, purpose, places to visit, and places of accommodation
Details of the inviting party: Name, address, phone number, and relationship to the applicant

You will also need to provide a copy the host’s Chinese ID(both front and back sides), or, if they are not a citizen of China, copies of their China residence permit and their national passport’s information pages.
Also, if visiting family member who is working in China, a letter from the Chinese company (on company letterhead) confirming the worker’s status in China and stating that he/she will be responsible for the family members’ living arrangements and expenses.

If your travel is being organized by a tour group in China, an official signed and stamped Invitation Letter for Tourist issued by Duly Authorized Tourism Unit in China can be used in place of the hotel reservation.
Additional required documents for minors
Application form. The application form must be signed by both parents.
Birth certificate. A copy of the applicant’s birth certificate.
Parents’ passport copies. A copy of the information pages of both parents’ signed passports.

When applying for a child with Chinese parents, the applicant must also provide proof of parents’ status in the United States.
Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
Chinese name. The applicant’s name written in Chinese characters.
Proof of name change. If the applicant’s name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
Previous visa. Copy of a previously issued Chinese visa or copy of the information page from your Chinese, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwanese passport. Note: If your old passport has not been canceled, you will be required to submit the original passport with your application.
Additional requirements for Chinese applicants adopted by American parents
Chinese passport. Applicant’s ORIGINAL Chinese passport.
Proof of name change. If the applicant’s name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.
Parents’ passports. Clear passport information page copies of both American parents.
Certificate of adoption. A notarized certificate of adoption.
Birth certificate. A copy of applicant’s birth certificate (usually from U.S).
Information for persons of Tibetan origin
You must make a personal appearance at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center to process your visa if you are a person of Tibetan origin. The Visa Application Service Center will require additional documents in order to process your visa and MPS is unable to assist in these procedures.
Persons with Occupation Related to Media
If you are a media professional or employed by a media company, even if you are not traveling for business purposes, you must submit a letter from your employer on company letterhead indicating that you are not traveling on company business and will not be performing any media related work.

Chinese tourist visas may be issued with a max stay of up to 90 days. The actual duration is at the discretion of the Chinese Consulate.

Type
of Visa
Validity Processing
Time
Embassy
Fee
Service
Fee
Multiple
Entry
Up To
10 Years
5
Business
Days
$140 $69
BUSINESS VISA
  1. Original, signed United States of America passport with at least 1 year validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.
  2. Passport-type photograph: 1
  3. Copy of round trip tickets or itinerary (Applicant’s name must be on itinerary)
  4. A business invitation letter from the sponsoring company in China. The letter should be printed on company letterhead stationery, addressed to “The Consulate of China, Visa Section”, and signed by a senior manager (an equivalent to Vice-President or above) and stamped with the company seal. The business letter must include the following information:

         • Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport details, and job title.
    • State the nature of the business to be conducted (ie. business meetings, contract negotiations, etc.), the dates of the visit, and the names and addresses of companies to be contacted in China.
    • Specify the Type and desired Validity of the visa (ie. a one year multiple entry business visa).
    • State who will bear the costs of the applicant’s accommodations in China.

Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
     • Information for persons of Tibetan origin
     • Persons with Occupation Related to Media

Chinese business visas may be issued with a max stay of up to 90 days. The actual duration is at the discretion of the Chinese Consulate.

Type
of Visa
Validity Processing
Time
Embassy
Fee
Service
Fee
Multiple
Entry
Up To
10 Years
5
Business
Days
$140 $69
JOURNALIST VISA
  1. Original, signed United States of America passport with at least 1 year validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.
  2. Passport-type photograph: 1
  3. Proof of residency. A copy of driver’s license, state issued ID, or major utility bill (Water, Gas, Electric, Sewage) for the most recent month, showing the applicant’s name and current address.
  4. Visa Notification Letter. Issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.
Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
The consular office will make the ultimate decisions on whether or not to grant a visa and allowed validity, duration of stay and number of entries based on individual application.
Type
of Visa
Validity Processing
Time
Embassy
Fee
Service
Fee
Single
Entry
Up To
1 Month
5
Business
Days
$140 $69
STUDENT VISA
  1. Original, signed United States of America passport with at least 1 year validity and at least 2 consecutive blank visa pages.
  2. Passport-type photograph: 1
  3. Copy of round trip tickets or itinerary (Applicant’s name must be on itinerary)
  4. Enrollment Letter. Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.
Additional documents for applicants staying longer than 180 days
Form JW201 or JW202. Original and photocopy of the approved Foreign Student Visa Application Form (JW201 or JW202) issued by the relevant Chinese school. The Foreign Student Visa Application Form must be signed by both the applicant and the school.
Physical Examination Form. Applicants studying in China for more than 6 months, must submit a Physical Examination Form for Foreigner. The form must be filled out and signed by your physician.
Additional requirements for applicants born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan
Information for persons of Tibetan origin

Visa type and validity depend on the length of stay requested in the admission letter.
• Applicants studying for less than 6 months will be issued Type X2 visas valid for up to 6 months.
• Applicants studying for longer than 6 months will be issued a single entry Type X1 visa valid for 3 months. Once arriving at the school, these applicants will apply for a residency permit.

Type
of Visa
Validity Processing
Time
Embassy
Fee
Service
Fee
Single
Entry
Up To
1 Year
5
Business
Days
$140 $69
 Multiple
Entry
Up To
6 Months
5
Business
Days
$140 $69
Multiple
Entry
 Up To
5 Years
5
Business
Days
$140 $69

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