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How to Apply for Visa
2010/11/11

1. Brief Introduction of Chinese Visa Categories

      Tourist Visa (L): for sightseeing, visiting family or friends.

■     Business Visa (F): for business trips invited by Chinese relevant authorities or business partners and for short term  study (less than six months).

   Student Visa (X): for aliens studying in China for more than 6 months.

     Employment Visa (Z): for employed aliens who will work in China for more than 6 months.

    Transit Visa (G): for aliens who transit in China to other countries or regions, who will go out of the airport.

     Journalist Visa (J): J-1 visa for journalists going to reside in China. J-2 visa for journalists going to have short term news coverage in China.

     Residence Visa (D): for aliens intending to reside in China permanently.

■    Crew visas (C): for air crew members, train Attendants, and Seamen.

     Diplomatic or Service Visa: for diplomatic or official passport holders.                                          

2. Tourist Visa (L-Visa)

Tourist visas are generally issued to applicants who intend to visit China for sightseeing, visiting family or friends

(1) Requirements:

     One completely filled-out Visa Application Form

     One recently-taken passport photo and need to be attached to the application form.

      Passport with at least two blank visa pages and six months validity left.

(2)The following applicants may apply for multi-entry L visas:

    Applicant born in China with the record of visits to China for at least twice in the past year: copy of the record of visits required.

     Applicant who owns a property in China: copy of certificate of property required.

     Applicant born in China needs to visit China frequently for health care: certificate of a doctor required.

      Applicant whose spouse, children or parents reside in China: copy of certificate of marriage or kindred and invitation letter required.

      Applicant with a record of multi-entry L visas: copy of multi-entry L visas required.

      Other applicants who were born in China intend to visit China frequently: necessary supporting document required.

3. Business Visa (F-Visa)

Business visas are generally issued to applicants who intend to take business trips to China, cultural exchanges and short term study or internship for a period of less than six months.

(1) Requirements:

      One completely filled-out visa application form

      One recently taken passport photo and need to be attached to the application form.

      Passport with at least two blank visa pages and six months validity left.

      A visa notification form from relevant Chinese Authorities or an invitation letter from relevant Chinese governmental departments, relevant companies, business entities or non-profit governmental organizations or a letter from the host company.

(2) The following applicants may apply for a multiple-entry F-visa valid for 6 months or 12 months, and the relevant supporting documents should also be submitted:

     Applicant who intends to visit China frequently on business purposes: a letter from his or her company and the host company in China are required to prove that the applicant will visit China frequently within one year.

    Applicant who has had a multi-entry visa: copy of multi-entry visa and entry record required.

4. Student Visa (X-Visa)

Student visas are generally issued to applicants who intend to study in China for more than six months.

Requirements:

      One completely filled-out visa application form

      One recently taken passport photo and need to be attached to the application form.

      Passport with at least two blank visa pages and six months validity left.

      Original and copy of visa application form for international students (JW-202) issued by the Ministry of Education of China, and notification of admission from the receiving school with the seal of the said ministry are required.

     A Physical Examination Record for Foreigner filled out and signed and stamped by a hospital.

Note:

    Applicants holding X-visas shall, within 30 days of entry into China, obtain aliens' residence permits from the Public Security Bureau at their residing local places. Otherwise, aliens may be fined, detained or even ordered to leave the

country within a specific time period.

5. Employment Visa (Z-Visa)

Employment Visas are generally issued to applicants who are employed to work in China for more than 6 months.

Requirements:

      One completely filled-out visa application form

      One recently taken passport photo and need to be attached to the application form.

      Original passport with at least two blank visa pages six months validity left.

      A visa notification form issued by the relevant department of the Chinese Government or Government-authorized units.

      Original and copy of Foreign Experts Working Permit issued by the State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs, or original and copy of Alien Employment License issued by the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

      The spouse or children of the Z-visa applicant who accompany the applicant to stay in China are required to be listed in the above-mentioned visa notification form. Otherwise, original and copy of Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate to prove their relationship are required.

      A Physical Examination Record for Foreigner filled out and signed and stamped by a hosiptal.

Note:

      Applicants holding Z-visa shall, within 30 days of entry into China, obtain aliens' residence permits from the Public Security Bureau at their residing local places. Otherwise, aliens may be fined, detained or even ordered to leave the

country within a specific time period.

6. Transit Visa (G-Visa)

Transit visas are generally issued to applicants who intend to transit to another country or region via China and will go out of the airport.

Requirements:

     One completely filled out visa application form. 

     One recently taken passport photo and need to be attached to the application form.

     Passport with at least two blank visa pages and six months validity left.

     A valid visa from the destination country (region) and connecting tickets are required.

Notes:

     G-visas are generally good for one or two entries.

     No visa is needed if applicants transit in China within 24 hours and do not go out of the airport.

7. Journalist Visa (J-1, J-2 Visa)

You are kindly requested to contact the press department of the Embassy at press@chinaembassy.dk Tel: 0045-39460869 for detailed information about the Journalist visa.

8. Crew Visa (C ):

  Crew visa is issued for air crew Members or train attendants and seamen

Requirements:

      One completely filled out visa application form

      One recently taken passport photo and need to be attached to the application form.

     Passport with at least two blank visa pages and six months validity left.

       A letter from the airline company.

Notes:

      The application will be dealt in accordance with the mutual agreement. An invitation letter from relevant departments of the Chinese Government is required when there is no agreement or when the application is not within the agreement.

      Air crew members, train attendants and Seamen to visit China for touring or a family visit should apply for L-visa despite their valid C-visa.

9. Notice on applying for a Chinese Visa

      Chinese Visa Applicantion Service Center  (CVASC) started its busness on Nov. 11, 2010.  All applicants should go to the Center to apply for a visa to China. Applicants who holds diplomatic and service passport, and those who make appointment on-line can apply for visa at the consular section of the Chinese Embassy. The address of the  CVASC: Classensgade 34, 2100 Copenhagen Oe. Tel: 0045 70209308, Fax:0045 35250099, email: denmarkcenter@visaforchina.org. and website: http://dk.visaforchina.org.

■      Please arrange your travel to China properly before submitting your visa application. Applicants are required to fill in the visa application form completely and correctly, especially the utmost duration of each stay and intended number of entries and do not leave any question unanswered.

      The CVASC will help collecting the visa applications, releasing passport with visa and collecting visa fees. Visa officers of the Embassy will make the final decision on the visa categories, number of entries, validity and duration of stay according to the relevant Chinese law and regulations.

      Applicants have the responsibility to check the contents of visa, and report to visa officers when doubts aroused or mistakes found.

       All applicants should have valid visas when enter China. Please check if the visa is valid and the number of entries. Applicants should re-apply for visas if it is invalid or the number of entries is not enough.

      An applicant born in China who applies for a Chinese visa with his or her new foreign passport is required to submit his or her Chinese passport or last foreign passport.

       A child of Chinese descent who was born abroad and applies for a Chinese visa for the first time is required to submit his or her Birth Certificate and foreign passport or foreign permanent residence permit of one of his or her parents.

10. Learn about "Validity of Visa, Entries of visa and Duration of each stay" in the Chinese visa sticker.

      Validity of Visa (Enter before) means that you may use the visa to enter China before 12:00am on the date printed on the visa if there is enough number of entries. Visas become invalid and can not be extended after the date of Enter Before even if there are Entries left. Chinese visas come into effect on the date of issuance and are generally valid for 3 months, and up to 12 months from the date of application. Applicants should arrange the entry date in advance and apply for visas before their departure date. Visa may become invalid if you apply for the visa earlier than two months before entry date. You may not have enough time to apply for the visa if you do it later than two weeks. Applicants should apply for their visas before the purchase of air tickets. All responsibility will be born on the applicants if the trip is changed and resulted in making the visa invalid.

      Entries of Visa means the number of entries permitted while visa is valid. Visas become invalid after the applicants fully use the entries permitted, which can not be added or changed. Visa becomes invalid if it goes beyond the date of Enter Before even if there are some entries left.

      Duration of Each Stay after Entry means the longest period the applicants are permitted to stay in China. Duration of Each Stay is counted from the date of entry. Applicants should apply for an extension of the duration at a local county level Public Security Bureau if he or she stays in China longer than the Duration of Each Stay printed on the visa Z, J-1, D and X visa holders should apply for residence permits at local Public Security Bureaus no later than 30 days after their arrival in China.

11. Requirements of the applicants' passport validity and blank pages:

A. There are at least two blank pages left in the passport.

B. The validity of the passport must be long enough covering the period of validity of the visa plus the period of duration to be applied. For instance, if the applicant applies for a single entry visa and for the duration of 90 days, then the validity of the passport must be longer than 6 months (the validity of the visa of 3 months plus the duration of 90 days.)

12. Visa validity

Chinese visa has normally three categories of visa validity. They are:

A. Single entry visa has a validity of one to three months

B. Double entries visa has a validity of one to six months

C. Multiple entries visa has a validity of one to twelve months

13. Applicants should take responsibilities in the following cases:

     Visa is rejected because of the visa application form is not completely and correctly filled out.

     Visas became invalid because the applicants applied for the visas more than two months before their entry dates.

     Visas are not ready before the departure dates due to the delay in visa applications;

     Visas become invalid because the applicants change their entry dates.

     Visas have not been carefully checked while being picked up and errors are found afterwards.

     Applicants are refused to enter China or even to get on the planes heading for China because the validity and number of entries are not correct;

     Categories and Duration of Each Stay of the visa have not been properly checked and applicants have been in China beyond the permitted period.

 

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