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If you are planning to travel to China, you need a visa to enter the country if you’re not a Chinese Citizen. Here are the general steps for applying for a China visa.
1) Determine the type of visa you need: There are different types of visas depending on the purpose of your trip, such as family reunion, business, study, or work. Refer to the table below to find out which type of visa you need.
Issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.
Issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities.
Issued to those who intend to work in China.
Issued to those who intend to study in China.
Issued to those 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.
Issued to those who are family members 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 foster care.
"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
Gather the required documents: The required documents will vary depending on the type of visa you need, if have questions about what type of required supportive documents you need please contact us, we can help you determine and share the samples letter with you.
1) Log in to https://cova.mfa.gov.cn which is the official China Online Visa Application system issued by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China.
2) Choose the language and location of your residency.
3) Upload your photo, the photo must meet the requirements (click for detail), thus it can be upload successfully, if you have trouble to edit the photo, please let us know, we can help you edit and upload the photo accordingly.
4) Enter your personal information according to your current passport, make sure your family name and given name are 100% match with how it spell on your passport, the most common mistake of filling out the application is the name & passport number does not match with the passport information, which lead to automatic rejection.
5) Once you entered your personal information, the system will generate an Application ID for you, please print or write down this important number, because you can use this number to retrieve your information on the system and continue to fill out the rest of the form next time.
6) On Section #4 (Work Information), please enter all the Current and Past work experience you have since you graduate (or at least last 10 years history). Also please fill in your position and duty of the job you have.
7) On the Section # 5 (Education), please input all the school information (including high school and college information). This is very important.
8) After you finished entering all the section, on the last step before you submit your application, please let us know your application number and passport number, so we can help you review and make sure all the information is enter correctly before we submit the application on the system. Which will save you lots of time, cause after you submit your application all the information can’t alter anymore.
Processing times can vary, but it currently takes around 4-5 weeks for a regular visa application. You may be asked to provide additional documents or attend an interview, depending on the type of visa you are applying for.
Collect your passport: Once your China visa has been issued, you can collect your passport from our offices, or it will be returned to you via USPS Priority mail or FedEx (extra mailing fee applied).
*It's important to note that visa requirements and processes can change frequently, so it's always best to check the Chinese embassy or consulate website or contact us for the most up-to-date information.
* The China Consulate will make the final determination as to the type of visa or passport, how quickly it will be issued and for what duration it will be issued. Prior to approval, the issuing authority may ask for additional documentation. The China Consulate may reject any visa, passport or other travel document application for any reason.
* Citizens of certain countries may be exempt from visa requirements for short stays or for specific purposes, such as diplomatic or official travel. However, it's best to check the Chinese embassy or consulate website or contact them directly to confirm the visa requirements for your specific situation.
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