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How to Read a Chinese Visa
2009/11/03
 

1. Entries

It refers to the number of entries the visa holder is permitted to enter China. When all entries permitted are used up, the visa will not be valid any more. When there is still entry unused, but the validity of entry runs out, the visa is not valid either. In either case, the visa holder should apply for a new visa before he or she goes to China.

2. The validity of visa (Enter before)

Before the entries are used up, the visa holder can enter China any day within the validity of the visa. The visa holder is allowed to enter China before 24:00 the day it expires. A single entry visa is usually valid for entry within three months from the date of issue and a double entry visa is valid for entry within six months. The multi-entry visas are normally of two categories, which are valid for six months and one year respectively.

3. Duration of each stay after entry

It refers to the longest period of time the visa holder can stay in China from arrival each time and is not related to the validity of visa. If the visa holder needs to stay longer than the duration of stay, he or she should apply for extension of duration to the local public security bureau of China in advance.

The duration of each stay on X, Z, D, or J-1 visa is 000 day. Those visa holders should go through the procedure for obtaining residence permit in the local public security bureau of China within 30 days from the date of entry.

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