How to Apply for a China Visa – Application Requirements and Documents to Submit for a China Visa Requirements

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How do I apply for a visa to China or is China accepting visa applications?  Well, applying for visa to china 2021 is simple but you will need some documents to apply for Chinese visa. It is also advisable to know that China visa types are of different kinds. The Republic of China is of the one of the highest populated in the East Asia with a population with 1,398 billion people and covers approximately 9,600,000 of square kilometers land mass.

How to Apply for a China Visa - Application Requirements and Documents to Submit for a China Visa Requirements

History has made the country known for its remarkable cultural trends. The country is one of the World’s most technology base countries with significant companies that have emerged as world leaders.   The streets of China are loaded with giants’ private firms dealing with technology. The environment and schools also have become center of attraction for tourism and entertainment. However, you can enjoy all these amazing things in the country by travelling there.

Meanwhile, if you are planning to travel to China for business or tourist. It is advisable you know that you will need a China visa and there are requirements that make you eligible. However, in this article I will show you the step by step guide on how to apply for a China Visa. It is therefore mandatory to know your reasons for travelling to the country. Do you want to migrate to the country permanently or temporarily? Knowing how to answer these questions will help you have an idea to prepare your mind on a guide to applying your china visa.

It is important to know the different categories of Visa in china if you are applying for a China Visa. This is clearly stated by the Chinese Immigration Government. However, just like U.S Visa Requirements, you either choose to apply for immigration or non-immigration visa. This is to forbid anyone who is staying more than the days stipulated without having the permanent resident permit.        

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Categories of China Visa

There are different visa types in china and you must choose an appropriate one out of all the categories if you are willing to apply for a visa. These visa categories come with abbreviation with their meanings.

  1. M Visa – This is type of visa issued to applicants willing to go to China for commercial and trade activities.
  2. Visa X1 – this visa type is issued to academic students who want to study in China.  Maximum period of stay is 180 days.
  3. Visa X2 – this is issued to applicants (students) who want to study in China. Maximum stay requirement exceeds 180 days.
  4. Z Visa – this is issued to applicants planning to work in China.
  5. F Visa – this is type of visa is given to individuals who want to go to China for visits, tours, exchanges, and other activities.
  6. L Visa – this visa type is issued to applicants who want visit China as a tourist.
  7. S1 Visa – this kind of Visa is issued to applicants who want to visit their sons, daughters under the age of 18, Spouses, parents, who are foreigners working in China or those who want to go to China for other private affairs. The period of stay is more than 180 days.
  8. S2 Visa – this is issued to foreigners who want to visit their family members like spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents and parents-in-law working or studying in China. The maximum duration of stay does not exceed 180 days.  
  9. J1 Visa – this is issued to individuals that are resident foreign journalists working with foreign news organization situated in China. The period of stay is more than 180 days.
  10. J2 Visa – this is type of Visa is issued to foreign journalists who want to visit China for short-term news coverage. Maximum stay requirement is not more than 180 days.
  11. Q1 Visa – this type of visa is given to family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence planning to China for family reunion or foster care. The period of stay exceeds more than 180 days.
  12. Q2 Visa – this is issued to applicants who want to visit relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China. The maximum period of stay does not exceed 180 days.    
  13. G Visa – this visa type is issued to applicants willing to transit through China.
  14. C Visa – this is issued to foreign crew members of international transportation, including trains and ships, aircraft, or motor vehicle to accompanying family members of the crew members.
  15. D Visa – this type of visa is given to individuals planning to stay in China permanently.
  16. R Visa – this is issued to applicants whose skills are urgently needed in China or are highly talented.

Now that you are now familiar with the different types of China Visa that we have. It is important you know the supporting documents to prepare before submission of Visa application for the different types of Visa.

1. Basic Documents       

  • Passport: you must have an original international passport with at least six months validity before expiration date. The passport must also have a blank visa page and a photocopy of the passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate.
  • Download and have the Visa Application form and Photo: you must have a complete Visa Application Form with a recently –taken color passport against a light background.
  • Proof of legal stay of residence status for applicants applying for visa in their country of citizenship.  

Please note: If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

Meanwhile, If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

2. Supporting Documents

(you will have to submit both the original and photocopy).  These supporting documents are for the different visa types we have.

M-Visa

there are certain documents you must have if you are applying for this kind of visa.

  • Invitation letters : this contains applicants formation and information on the purpose of visit,  arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity, financial source 
  • Confirmation Letter of Invitation by Duly Authorized Unit
  • Invitation letter from Chinese company
  • Details of the information of the inviting entity – name, contact telephone number, address, legal representative’s signature, official stamp
  • Flight ticket booking
  • Hotel booking
  • Bank statement
  • Certificate of Registration
  • Letter of Introduction from the Company which applicants works for

   X1-Visa

  • Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.
  • Original and photocopy of “Visa Application for Study in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202)
  • Birth certificate
  • Physical examination record
  • National examination results
  • No criminal record (Police Character Certificate )
  • Letter of sponsorship and bank statement
  • Flight ticket booking

Applicants of X1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry. They will apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people’s governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners’ residence permits.

   X2-Visa

Applicant must have an original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.

   G –Visa

Applicants must have an onward air ticket with conformed date and seat to the destination country or region.   

     C – Visa

Applicant must have a letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by relevant entity in China.

   D – Visa

He or she must have a letter of the confirmation Form for permanent residence status by the Ministry of Public Security of China.

  R – Visa

In this case, the applicant must meet the relevant requirements of the competent authorities of the Chinese government that wants highly talented and special skills individuals urgently needed by China and also submit relevant certification in accordance with relevant regulations. 

Z – Visa

Applicant must have one of the following documents

  • Foreigners Employment Permit of the People’s Republic of China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
  • Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
  • Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries(regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
  • Physical examination record
  • No criminal record (Police Character Certificate )
  • Flight ticket booking
  • An approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs or Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Foreign Affairs Office of provincial governments of China.
  • Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation

F-Visa

  • An invitation letter issued by a relevant unit in China. The invitation should contain details of the Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.), Information on the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)
  • Details of the Information on the inviting entity. These include the name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative of the inviting entity.
  • Flight ticket booking
  • Hotel booking
  • Bank statement
  • Letter of Introduction from the company which applicant works for

L-Visa

  • Documents to be submitted must show the itinerary which include the air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China. The invitation letter should contain:
  • Details of the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  • Details of information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.
  • Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative)

S1-Visa

  • An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains details of Information of the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  • Details of Information on the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place of intended residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures.
  • Information of the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)
  •  A photocopy of the inviting individual’s passport and residence permit
  • Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of immediate family members between applicants and inviting individual. “Immediate family members” refers to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18, parents-in-law.
  •   Flight ticket booking

S2-Visa

Applicants with this type of visa must have the following documents.

(I) An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains details of the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

b) Information on the purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

(II) A photocopy of the inviting individual’s (a foreigner who stays or lives in China for work or studies) passport and residence permit

(III) Photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between the applicant and the inviting individual.

“Family members” refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

  • Flight ticket booking

   J1-Visa

      Applicant with this visa type must have the following documents

  • Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.
  • Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance and complete relevant formalities.

Q1-Visa

This is for applicants who intend to visit China for family reunion, they must have the following documents are required:

  • An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain: details of the Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  • Information of details on the purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, arrival and departure dates, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures.
  • Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.)
  • Photocopy of Chinese ID of the inviting individual or foreign passport and permanent residence permit.
  • Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual.

Q2-Visa

  • An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:
  • Information of the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  • Information on purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures
  • Information on the inviting individual (name, contact number, address, signature etc.)
  • Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual
  • Flight ticket booking

How to Apply for a Chinese Visa

 STEP 1: Select a visa category that best describes your trip to China and prepare your visa application including necessary supporting documents accordingly.

 STEP 2: Submit your application to the Visa Office of Chinese Embassy/ Consulate General based on your State of residence (Locate a Visa Office that serves your state)

  STEP 3: Pay the visa application fee at the Visa Office and pick up your visa. (Click to check fees and payments)

Please note the following when applying for Visa in China,  gather all the requirements listed above, you can find out more in the Chinese embassy in your country.

  • if you are in Nigeria: go to the city of Abuja or to Lagos state to start your application.
  • if you are in Washington, US, Korea, India, Ghana, Europe, UAE, South Africa, Canada or any country in Africa, visit the Chinese, Embassy in your country to start your application.
  • Submit your application online and once you are done, prepare for your interview.