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APPLICANTION FOR CHINESE VISAS  
2018/09/02

  APPLICANTION FOR CHINESE VISAS

  2018/09/02

  I. Introduction to Chinese Visa

  A visa is a travel document issued by authorized government agencies to foreign citizens applying to enter, exit from or transit through the host country's territory based on the host country's laws and regulations. In accordance with international law and practice, any sovereign state is entitled to determine whether or not to allow a foreign citizen to enter or exit from its territory, and whether to issue a visa, decline a visa application or to cancel an issued visa in accordance with its national laws.

  Chinese embassies, consulates and other institutions stationed abroad entrusted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China are visa-issuing authorities responsible for issuance of entry visas to foreigner citizens abroad, and are entitled to determine the type, number of entries, validity and duration of each stay of a visa to be issued, or to decline a visa application or revoke an issued visa, in accordance with Chinese laws and regulations. According to Chinese law, a foreign citizen may be refused entry into China even if he/she has a valid Chinese visa.

  Foreign citizens must obtain a visa before entry into China, with the exception of visa-free entry based on relevant agreements or regulations. Foreign citizens that fall into categories of Article 22 of the Exit and Entry Law of the People's Republic of China are qualified to apply for port visas from visa-issuing authorities entrusted by the Ministry of Public Security at a port of entry approved to issue port visas by the State Council.

  For visit to Hong Kong SAR or Macao SAR, citizens from some countries/territories are exempted from visas for short term visit. Otherwise an entry visa must be obtained as required by the Government of HKSAR or Macao SAR. Visa applications must be made separately if the traveler wishes visit both HKSAR/Macao SAR and mainland China.

  II. Visa Types, Validity, Number of Entries and Duration of Stay

  Chinese visas fall into four types: diplomatic visa, courtesy visa, service visa and ordinary visa. Ordinary visas are further divided into 12 sub-types or 16 categories.

  Visa Validity ("Enter Before") means that the visa is valid, or can be used for entry into China from the date of issue to the "Enter Before" date indicated on the visa (Beijing Time). If a visa has unused entries, the bearer can enter China before 24:00 (Beijing Time) on the expiration date.

  "Entries" refers to the number of times the bearer is permitted to enter China during the validity of a visa. A visa becomes invalid if there are no entries left, or there are entries left but the visa validity expires. If a visa becomes invalid, its bearer must apply for a new visa before entering China. Traveling with an invalid visa to China will result in refusal of entry.

  "Duration of Each Stay" refers to the maximum number of days the visa bearer is permitted to stay in China each time, which is calculated from the date of entry into China.

  Residence Permit: A holder of category D, J1, Q1, S1, X1 or Z visa must apply for a residence permit at the local public security authorities within 30 days of entry into China unless the Duration of Each Stay on the visa is marked as 30 days. Members of foreign diplomatic or consular missions in China must apply for a residence permit at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or local foreign affairs departments within 30 days of entry into China.

  III. Visa Category and Eligible Applicants

  Visa Category

  Eligible Applicants

  C

  Foreign crew members of means of international transportation, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, or to the accompanying family members of the crew members of the above-mentioned ships.

  D

  Foreigners who intend to reside in China permanently.

  F

  Foreigners who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other non-business activities.

  G

  Foreigners who intend to transit through China.

  J1

  Resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

  J2

  Foreign journalists who intend to go to China for short-term news coverage. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

  L

  Foreigners who intend to go to China as a tourist.

  M

  Foreigners who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.

  Q1

  Foreigners who are family members(family members refer to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.) of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purpose of foster care. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

  Q2

  Foreigners who intend to visit their relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

  R

  Foreigners who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

  S1

  Foreigners who intend to go to China to visit the foreigners working or studying in China to whom they are spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law, or to those who intend to go to China for other private affairs. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

  S2

  Foreigners who intend to visit their family members* who are foreigners working or studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for other private matters. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

  X1

  Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.

  X2

  Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.

  Z

  Foreigners who intend to work in China.

  IV. Documents you shall prepare before submission of visa application:

  1. Basic Documents

   (1) Passport:

  Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, a photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, and a photocopy of ID card.

  (2) Visa Application Form and Photo: 

  One completed Visa Application Form with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached. The applicant should fill in this form truthfully, completely and clearly.

  We Kindly remind you that:

  The application form has to be signed by the applicant. The guardian shall sign on behalf of a person who has no or has limited capacity for civil conduct. If the application form is completed by a travel agency on the applicant’s behalf, it must be confirmed with the signature by the applicant.

  (3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship):

   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.

  (4) Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship):

   If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport held and a photocopy of its data page; 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

  C-Visa

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

  D-Visa

  The original and photocopy of the Confirmation Form for Foreigners Permanent Residence Status issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China.

  We kindly remind you that:

  Holders of D Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

  F-Visa

  (1) An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:

  a) Information on the applicant: full name, gender, date of birth, etc. b) Information on the planned visit: 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, etc.

  c) Information on the inviting entity or individual: name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.

  (2) The applicant’s business license or a letter of assignment issued by the unit for which the applicant works.

  G-Visa

  An onward air (train or ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region.

  Foreign crew members of international ships: an invitation letter; a certificate issued by the company for which they work.

  J1-Visa

  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.

  We kindly remind you that: 

  Holders of J1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

  J2-Visa

  Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China or other authorized units in 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 the required formalities.

  L-Visa

  (1) Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation letter should contain:

  a) Information on the applicant: full name, gender, date of birth, etc.

  b) Information on the planned visit: arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.

  c) Information on the inviting entity or individual: name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.

  (2) If you are applying a Chinese visa for the first time and your passport has no entry/exit stamp, you shall provide a certificate of registered residence or a certificate issued by the unit for which you work.

  M-Visa

  (1) 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. The invitation letter should contain:

  a) Information on the applicant: full name, gender, date of birth, etc.

  b) Information on the planned visit: 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, etc.

  c) Information on the inviting entity or individual: name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual,etc.

  (2) If you are applying a Chinese visa for the first time and your passport has no entry/exit stamp, you should provide a certificate of registered residence or a certificate issued by the unit for which you work.

  (3) The applicant’s business license or a letter of assignment issued by the unit for which the applicant works.

  (4) If you are applying for a multiple entry visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous Chinese visa page.

  Q1-Visa

  For family reunion, the following documents are required:

  (1) 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:

  a) Information on the applicant: full name, gender, date of birth, etc.

  b) Information on the visit: purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.

  c) Information on the inviting individual: name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.

  (2) Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual.

  (3) 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.

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

  For foster care, the following documents are required:

  (1) Foster entrustment notarization issued by Chinese Embassies/Consulates General in foreign countries or Foster Care Power of Attorney notarized and authenticated in the country of residence or in China.

  (2)  Original and photocopy of the consignor's passport(s), as well as the 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 between parents or guardians and children.

  (3)  A letter of consent on foster care issued by the trustee living in China who has agreed to provide foster care services and a photocopy of the ID of the trustee.

  (4) A photocopy of the certificate indicating the permanent residence status abroad of the parent(s) when the child was born, provided that either or both parents of the child are Chinese citizens.

  We kindly remind you that: 

  Holders of Q1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

  Q2-Visa

  (1) 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:

  a) Information on the applicant: full name, gender, date of birth, etc.

  b) Information on the visit: 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 number, address, signature, etc.

  (2) Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual.

  (3) 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.

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

  R-Visa

  The applicant should submit relevant certification in accordance with relevant regulations, and meet the relevant requirements of the competent authorities of the Chinese government on high-level talents and individuals with special skills urgently needed by China.

  S1-Visa

  (1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

  a) Information on the applicant: full name, gender, date of birth, etc.

  b) Information on the visit: purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, 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.

  (2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's passport and residence permit.

  (3) 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.

  We kindly remind you that:

  Holders of S1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

  S2-Visa

  For visiting family members for a short period, the following documents are required:

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

  (2) An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

  a) Information on the applicant: full name, gender, date of birth, etc.

  b) Information on the visit: 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.

  (3) 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 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.

  For private affairs, documentation identifying the nature of the private affairs should be provided as required by the consular officer.

  X1-Visa

  (1) Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.

  (2) Original and photocopy of "Visa Application for Study in China" (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

  We kindly remind you that:

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

  X2-Visa

  Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.

  Z-Visa

  One of the following documents:                                                                                                                                                  

  (1) Foreigners Employment Permit of the People's Republic of China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security; if your intended work period is 90 days or less, you need to provide an Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P.R. China. You must apply for your visa before the commencing work date indicated on the Approval and you will be allowed to work only within the period of time indicated in the Approval.

  (2) Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China or Notification Letter of Foreigners Work Permit 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; if your intended performance period is 90 days or less, you need to provide an Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P.R. China. You must apply for your visa before the commencing performance date indicated on the Approval and you will be allowed to perform only within the period of time indicated in the Approval.

  (5) Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation;

  We kindly remind you that:

  A holder of category Z visa must apply for a residence permit at the local public security authorities within 30 days of entry into China unless the Duration of Each Stay on the visa is marked as 30 days.

  V. Special Reminder

  1. The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter.

  2. If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other proof documents or supplementary materials, or require an interview with the applicant.

  3. The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.

  4. The applicant should guarantee that all information provided in the application is true and correct. Any false, misleading or incomplete information may result in denial of the visa or refusal of entry into China.

  VI. Processing Time

  1.  Regular service:  4 business days

  2.  Express service:  2-3 business days

  3.  Rush service: 1 business day. Available only in extreme emergencies and subject to approval by the consular officer.

  We kindly remind you that:

  1. The above processing time is average and for reference only. Some applications may require longer processing time that a pick-up date cannot be confirmed until notified by the Visa Office.

  2. Processing time for visa to HKSAR or Macao SAR visa does not apply.

  VII. Fees and Methods of Payment

  1. Regular Service

  Number of Entry

  Vietnamese Citizen

  U.S. Citizen

  Canadian Citizen

  * Third Country National*

  Single Entry

  $60

  $140

  $80

  $30

  Double Entries

  $90

  $140

  $80

  $45

  Multiple Entries for 6 Months

  $120

  $140

  $80

  $60

  Multiple Entries for 12 Months or more

  $180

  $140

  $80

  $90

  NOTE: * Visa fee for Third Country Nationals may vary from the list above based on reciprocal agreements. Please check with a Visa Office for special fees.

  2. Express service:  an additional fee of $25 per visa

  3. Rush service:  an additional fee of $37 per visa

  4. Payment location: No.5 window in the Visa Service Hall of Chinese Consulate in Ho Chi Minh City

  Payment processing time:  2:00PM-4:00PM every business day

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