Brief Introduction to Chinese Visa

Authors: Go Chengdu

2016-06-11

Chinese visa is a permit issued to a foreigner by the Chinese visa authorities for entry into, exit from or transit through the Chinese territory.
Chinese visa is a permit issued to a foreigner by the Chinese visa authorities for entry into, exit from or transit through the Chinese territory. The Chinese visa authorities may issue a diplomatic, courtesy, service or ordinary visa to a foreigner according to his identity, purpose of visit to China and passport type. Hereunder is an introduction to the ordinary visa:
Visa Categories
Description of Visa
C
Issued to crew members performing duties on board an international train, aircraft or vessel, and the accompanying family members of vessel crew members, and vehicle drivers engaged in international transportation services
D
Issued to persons who come to China for permanent residence
F
Issued to persons who come to China for exchanges, visits, study tours or other relevant activities
G
Issued to persons who transit through China
J1
Issued to resident foreign journalists of permanent offices of foreign news agencies in China
J2
Issued to foreign journalists who come to China for short-term news coverage
L
Issued to persons who come to China for travel; persons who come to China for group travel can obtain Group L visas
M
Issued to persons who come to China for commercial trade activities
Q1
Issued to family members of Chinese citizens and family members of foreigners with permanent residence status in China who apply for residence in China for family reunion, as well as for persons who apply for residence in China for fosterage or other purposes
Q2
Issued to those who intend to visit their relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China
R
Issued to foreigners of high talent who are needed, or specialists who are urgently needed, by the State
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 personal affairs
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 affairs
"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 persons who apply for long-term study in China
X2
Issued to persons who apply for short-term study in China
Z
Issued to persons who apply for work in China

Procedure for Visa Application

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

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