Visa to China

 

Timeline for Visa Processing: What to Expect

The timeline for visa processing can vary depending on multiple factors. On average, the total visa processing time for China is around 3-4 weeks after we have a complete application package. However, it can take longer if there are any issues with your application or if there is a high volume of applications being processed at the Embassy.

It is important to apply for your visa well in advance of your travel dates to ensure that you have enough time for processing. It is recommended to apply at least six weeks before your planned travel date.

What you need: Please view details

1

Valid Passport

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  • Passport with at least 1 year validity and two side-by-side available visa pages.
  • If you don’t have at least 1 year validity or available pages in your passport, please click here.

2

Application Form

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Please read below before beginning application:

  • TIPS to complete COVA form
  • Choose North America on the right-hand side
  • Scroll down until you see United States and then choose your jurisdiction
  • Your jurisdiction depends on the state that issued your driver’s license
  • The jurisdiction for Texas is Washington DC, for all others please CLICK HERE
    (All states under the Houston Consulate jurisdiction will now be issued in Washington DC)
  • You will need to upload a 33mm x 48mm digital photo. Both a digital and hard copy photo will be required. **Please refer to Photograph for full details.

Click here for Visa Application Form

3

Photograph

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You will need to upload a 33mm x 45mm digital photo.

      • If you need assistance sizing your photo you may email one taken with your phone against a plain background and we will digitally size it and email it back to you
      • No smiling, no glasses, against a light-colored background. Include head and shoulders, photos that are zoomed in too close to your face may not be possible to size correctly.

Both the a digital and hard copy photo will be required. If you size your own photo, please email us the digital version so we can print it here.

4

Copy of Driver’s License

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Photocopy 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.

5

Prior China visa if applicable*

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If you have previously been issued a China visa and it is in a previous passport, you will need to submit that original passport.

If you no longer have your previous Chinese visa please include a letter to the Chinese consulate explaining when and where you received your previous visa and how the passport and visa were lost. Issuance of a new visa will be at the discretion of the consulate.

6

Where You Stay Form

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Please CLICK HERE for the Where You Stay Form

7

Travel Record Form

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Please CLICK HERE for the Travel Record Form

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Application Fee and Process Time

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Application Fee:
US Passport: $140

Processing Time:
Approximately 10 business days once it is submitted with the Embassy.
Processing time may be extended if the Embassy requires additional information, clarifications, or modifications.)

Foreign Passport Holder Fees:
$23 Single Entry
$34 Double Entry

PLEASE NOTE:
FEES, PROCESSING TIMES, AND REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

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Austin Passport Express Fee

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Business: $450
Tourist: $375
Fees include photos, hand courier service, document assistance and review, and all shipping charges and are payable by cash, check, or credit card.

Business (M)

Items 1-9 above plus:

10

China Invite Letter

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One of the following:
A. An Invitation Letter from the organization to be visited in China (click here for sample letter)

The invitation letter must include the following items:

  • Personal information of the applicant: name (as in passport), gender, date of birth, nationality, and passport number.
  • Information concerning the applicant’s visit to China: purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant’s accommodations in China.
  • Information of the inviter: name of the unit, phone number, address, seal and signature of the legal representative, letter can be e-mailed or faxed.

-OR-

B. An Invitation Letter from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (visa notification form).

This invitation letter needs to be obtained by the host company in China. The letter can be sent via e-mail.

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Complete Employment Record

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Please CLICK HERE for the Complete Employment Record. You can use multiple pages if needed to provide complete history.

Student (X1, X2)

Items 1-9 above plus:

10

Form JW201 or JW202

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Copy 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.

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Enrollment Letter

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Original enrollment letter from the school in China signed by both the applicant and the school.

Work Visa (Z)

Items 1-9 above plus:

10

Work Permit

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Copy of the Foreign Employment Permit or Foreign Experts License.

11

Invitation Letter

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Copy of the Invitation Letter by a Duly Authorized Unit. This is a special invitation that the host company in China needs to obtain from a local government agency.

Instructions to Apply

  1. Please start by gathering the required supporting documents for the category of visa you want to apply for (ie: Business, Tourist, Student). Then you can begin the online COVA Application. TIPS to complete form. 

  2. DO NOT FINALIZE THE ONLINE APPLICATION FORM until we have had a chance to review your work. You will email us your application ID and scan of passport so that we can do the review your application for accuracy.

  3. Prior to starting the application you will need a digital photo to upload. If you take a photo against a light colored wall with a neutral expression and no glasses and then email it to us, we can digitally size it and email it back to you

Additional Information

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICANTS BORN IN CHINA, HONG KONG, TAIWAN, OR MACAU:
•  Submit copy of previous Chinese visa or copy of information page from your expired foreign passport. If your foreign passport has not been cancelled you will be required to submit it with your application
 Please write your name in Chinese characters on 1.2 of the application
 If the applicant’s name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order or marriage certificate showing the name change.

FOREIGN NATIONALS:
Require the same items listed plus:
Photocopy of green card (front and back) or visa in U.S.

MINORS:
Require the same items listed plus:
 Copy of birth certificate
 Copy of both parents’ passport and IDs
 Application must be signed by both parents
  If child has Chinese parents, the applicant must also provide proof of parents’ status in the United States.

MISCELLANEOUS:
 If you wish to pay with a credit card and someone is dropping off the application on your behalf, please fill out the Credit Card Authorization Form.

  If you would like your visa to be shipped to you directly, please provide us with a return air bill or fill out the Return Shipping Form.

PLEASE NOTE: PROCESSING TIMES, REQUIRED DOCUMENTATION, AND FEES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE.

Our offices

Thank you!

We greatly appreciate your business, if you have any questions please do not hesitate to e-mail or call us at:

Phone: (512) 479-0805
Email: info@AustinPassport.com