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Requirements for Chinese Visa Applications
2019/01/02

NOTICE

I. Documents Required for Application

II. Processing Time

III. Fees and Payment

IV. Other Important Information

NOTICE:

※Collection of finger prints required

In accordance with China's related laws and based on the principle of reciprocity, the Chinese Embassy in Canada as well as the Consulates-General in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary and Montreal have entrusted the Chinese Visa Application Service Centers to collect the ten fingerprints of all visa applicants including Canadian citizens from January 1st, 2019. The following applicants could be exempted from the aforesaid requirement:

1. Those who are less than 14 years old or more than 70 years old;

2. The head of state or government and the accompanying family members;

3. Those who are eligible to be issued diplomatic, service or courtesy visas;

4. Members of the diplomatic and consular posts in China, and the accompanying spouses, parents and minor Children;

5. Those who have applied a Chinese visa with the same passport in the past 5 years in the same Chinese Embassy/Consulate General or Chinese Visa Application Service Center, which has collected his or her fingerprints;

6. Those who suffer from mutilation of all ten fingers or whose fingerprints cannot be collected.

Please note that all visa applicants should have their fingerprints collected in person at the Chinese Visa Application Service Centers. Applicants who forge fingerprints or use other people's fingerprints may be denied entry to China and should bear all the consequences by themselves.

※Online application form and online appointment Required

Starting from January 1, 2019, all Chinese visa applicants are required to log on to the official website of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center(https://bio.visaforchina.org/YVR2_EN/index.shtml),  to fill in and print out an electronic application form, and to make an appointment online before submitting application documents to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center.

Applicants who hold a diplomatic, official or special passport or who are members of an important official delegation, are not required to make appointments online. The above-mentioned applicants will only need to complete the online application forms, and print out the confirmation page, application form as well as the Education, Employment and Marriage Form. After signing on the above-mentioned forms, they could proceed to submit their passports and the other application documents directly to the Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General in Canada through diplomatic Channels.

※The diplomatic, service (special or official) passport holders, and the Hong Kong/Macao visa or entry permit applicants still submit their applications directly to the Consulate General of the People's Republic of China in Vancouver, Canada. Visa applications other than those mentioned above should be submitted to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in Vancouver. Please check the relevant information on the official website of the CVASC(www.visaforchina.org) or call 604-336-8866.

I. Documents Required for Application

What is the main purpose of your visit to China and which is the most appropriate visa category for your application?

Visa Categories Description of Visa

C Issued to 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 Issued to those who intend to reside in China permanently.

F Issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities.

G Issued to those who intend to transit through China.

J1 Issued to resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

J2 Issued to 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 Issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.

M Issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.

Q1 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 the purpose of foster care. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days. "Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

Q2 Issued to those 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 Issued to those who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

S1 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. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

S2 Issued to those 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."Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

X1 Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.

X2 Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.

Z Issued to those who intend to work in China.

Here are the documents you shall prepare before submission of visa application:

1. Basic Documents

(1) A valid passport

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

(2) A signed visa application form and its confirmation page

Log on to the official website of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center(www.visaforchina.org) to fill in the online Visa Application Form, print it out along with its confirmation page and and sign them.

(3) A photo

If the applicant' digital photo can not be uploaded to the online application form, a recently-taken color photo against a white background (size:48mm x 33mm) should be submitted to the visa center along with the printed application form. For detailed requirements of the photo, please click the following link: Photo Requirements for Chinese Visa Applications.

(4) Proof of legal 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 residence, employment or student status provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

(5) A photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to applicants who were Chinese citizens before 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, 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 people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

F Visa

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

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

(2) 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 while in China)

(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

G Visa

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

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 or 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 people's 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

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:

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

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

(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

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 while in China)

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

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, arrival and departure dates, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures while in China)

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 of the inviting individual or foreign passport and permanent 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 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) notarized and authenticated certification 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 people's 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 while in China)

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

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 of intended residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures while in China, 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 people's 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)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 while in China, etc.)

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

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

(3) 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.

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 people's 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) An "Alien Employment License of the People's Republic of China" issued by Chinese authorities for human resources and social security. For those who are going to work in China for a period of less than 90 days, an "Approval of Short-term Employment for Foreigners Working in the People's Republic of China" issued by Chinese authorities for human resources and social Security, should be additionally provided.

(2) A work permit for foreign experts in the People's Republic of China issued by State Bureau of Foreign Experts or an authorized local Bureau of Foreign Experts.

(3) A "Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit in the People's Republic of China" issued by State Bureau of Foreign Experts or an authorized local Bureau of Foreign Experts.

(4) A "Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of Foreign(Region) Enterprises in China" issued by Chinese authorities for industrial and commercial administration.

(5) An approval document for commercial performances issued by Chinese authorities for cultural affairs. For those who are going to perform in China for a period of less than 90 days, an "Approval of Short-term Employment for Foreigners Working in the People's Republic of China" issued by Chinese authorities for cultural affairs, should be additionally provided.

(6) A "Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China" issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation.

(7) A confirmation letter for employment of foreign cultural centers in the People's Republic of China issued by Ministry of Culture.

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of Z 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.

An official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works

Applicants must contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General, or the relevant press authorities in China in advance and complete the required approval formalities.

3. 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.

II. Processing Time

1. Regular service: 4 working days.

2. Express service: 2 working days. Visa can be picked up on the 3rd working day.

III. Fees

1. Visa fees:

1) Canadian passport holders: $100 for all types of visas

2) US passport holders: $180 for all types of visas

3) Holders of other countries' passports (except those countries who have agreements or special requirements with China):

Single Entry: $50

Double Entry: $75

6-month Multiple Entry: $100

12-Month Multiple Entry: $150

Group Visa: $40 per visa

Note: US passport holders will be charged $180 if applied individually and $140 per visa if applied as a group.

2. Express service: an additional fee of $35 per visa will be charged.

IV. Other important information

1. The visa application form should be filled out truly, clearly and completely online, and should be printed out for submission. Any false or incomplete information given in the application form may result in delayed processing or even the refusal of a visa.

2. Visa officers decide the period of validity, number of entries and duration of each stay according to the relevant Chinese laws and regulations.

3. Since June 22, 2012, the diplomatic, service (special or official) passport holders, and the Hong Kong/Macao visa/entry permit applicants still submit their applications directly to the Consulate General of China in Vancouver. Visa applications other than those mentioned above should be submitted to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in Vancouver. Please check the relevant information on www.visaforchina.org.

4. Information of Chinese Visa Application Service Center

Please visit the Center's website(https://bio.visaforchina.org/YVR2_EN/aboutus/266513.shtml)

The above information is subject to change and explain by the consular officials of the Chinese Embassy or the Consulate General.

 
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