Chinese VISA

Chinese VISAs application arrangement in Hong KongChinese visa is a permit issued by visa authorities of China in accordance with the laws and regulations of China to a foreign citizen for entry into, exit from or transit through the territory of China. The Chinese Visa Authorities issue Diplomatic Visa, Courtesy Visa, Service Visa or Ordinary Visa to a foreign citizen according to his or her status, purpose of visit and type of passport.

Categories of Chinese VISA

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 toursand 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 exceeds 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 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.

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.

Required Documents of VISA Application

Basic Requirements

Documents
Description of Documents
Passport
Original 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.
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.
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.
Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)
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 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.)

Supporting Documents

VISA Types
Description of Documents
 C  A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.
 D  The original and photocopy of the Confirmation Form for Foreigners Permanent Residence Status issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China.

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  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.)
  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 An onward air (train or ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region.
 J1  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.

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 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 relevant formalities.

 L  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 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:

  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.)
  3. Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual.)
 Q1

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

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:
    1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    2. 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.)
    3. 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.

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.

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  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:

  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  2. 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.)
  3. Information on the inviting individual (name, contact number, address, signature etc.)

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

 R The applicant should submit relevant certification in accordance with relevent regualtions, and meet the relevant requirements of the competent authorities of the Chinese government on high-level talents and individualnel with special skills urgently needed by China.
 S1

 “immediate family members ” refers to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18, parents-in-law.

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

  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  2. 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, etc.)
  3. Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

A photocopy of the inviting individual’s passport and residence permit.

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.

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

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

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

  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  2. 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.)
  3. Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

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

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.

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

 X1
  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).

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 Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.
 Z
  1.  Foreigners Employment Permit of the People’s Republic of China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
  2. Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
  3. Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries(regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
  4. An approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs or Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Foreign Affairs Office of provincial governments of China.
  5. Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation;

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 people’s governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners’ residence permits.

Important Reminders for Your Visa Application

Please refer to the “Basic & Supporting Documents” for the general information on visa categories, applicant qualifications and documents requirements. Meanwhile, please be advised of the following rules if you intend to apply with this office for visas to visit mainland China:

  1. Applicants should present original passports under good condition and with at least two blank visa pages.
  2. Applicants should be physically in HK. Applicants may submit applications in person or entrust other individuals or travel agencies to do so. Applicants have to write an authorized letter enclosed with copies of photo IDs when they entrust other individuals or travel agencies to submit the applications.
  3. HK permanent residents and residents should present their original Hong Kong ID Cards and also provide copies of the aforementioned ID cards in addition to their original passports and required documents when applying for visas.
  4. In cases where invitation letters by companies and other relevant entities in mainland China are required, copies of the business licenses and registration forms of the aforementioned companies and entities should also be provided. In cases where invitation letters by individuals in mainland China are required, copies of the aforementioned individuals’ ID cards or passports should also be provided.
  5. Applicants who do not enjoy HK resident status should apply for visas with the Chinese Embassies or Consulates General in their countries of citizenship or residence.
  6. Applicants who were born in China (include Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan) and do not enjoy HK resident status are qualified for applying visas with this office. But they should present Chinese visas issued to them by the Chinese Embassies or Consulates General in their countries of citizenship or residence when submitting applications.
  7. HK residents and permanent residents who are of Chinese ancestry and hold foreign passports are required to make “Declaration of Change of Nationality” with the Immigration Department of the Government of Hong Kong SAR when applying for visas for the first time.
  8. Applicants under 18 should submit the following documents when applying for visas for the first time: Birth certificates (original and copy), Parents’ photo IDs (passports or ID cards, original and copy).
  9. Applicants under 18 who were born in mainland China and one or both of whose parents hold Chinese citizenship should apply for their first Chinese visas at countries of their citizenship or residence.
  10. Applicants under 18 who are of Chinese ancestry but were born overseas are qualified to apply for visas with this office under extraordinary and unique circumstances which are only defined by this office. The aforementioned applicants should provide the following documents: Birth certificates (original and copy), Parents’ photo IDs (passports or ID cards, original and copy). In cases where one or both parents of the applicants hold Chinese citizenship, the permanent residence certificates of the parent/parents (original and copy) at the time of the applicants’ birth should also be provided.
  11. If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other proof documents or supplementary materials, or require an interview with the applicant.
  12. Visa category, validity, number of entries and duration of each stay are issued at the discretion of the consular officers whose decisions are based strictly on relevant laws and regulations of PRC, and also on the identity and purpose of trip of applicants. The consular officers are entitled to refuse any applications, as well as to change and/or revoke an issued visa without disclosure of the reason.

BFconsult Chinese VISA arrangement services

  • Consulting on documents required for Chinese visas application
  • Preparing document checklist for you and your employer
  • Filling all necessary immigration forms for you
  • Reviewing and organizing all necessary document for application
  • Confirming and delivery documents to China Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong
  • Answering all enquiry and correspondence from China Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong
  • Monitoring the whole application process
  • Regular updates on the application process
  • Having the visa endorsed on your passport and delivered to you personally

Application Procedure

  1. Free consultation and Accessment on any Chinese Visas application
  2. Advice on successful rate and alternatives
  3. Prepare checklist for application
  4. Complete immigration forms, drafts and letters
  5. Revise all completed documents to snsure they are correctly presented
  6. Submit your visa application to China Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong
  7. Accept your visa approval on your behalf
  8. Deliver the visa to you
  9. Office advice on obtaining Chinese Visas