China Work Visa
1 - Passport - Submit the actual passport and make sure It has empty visa pages and will not expire within 6 months from date of departure.
2 - One color passport size photo - Must be taken within the last 6 months. See link for guidelines: https://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/photos/photo-composition-template.html
3 - China Visa Application - The PDF form can be downloaded below under "How to fill out China Visa Application".
4 - One of the following documents:
A. 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; if your intended work period is 90 days or less, you need to provide an Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P.R. China. You must apply for your visa before the commencing work date indicated on the Approval and you will be allowed to work only within the period of time indicated in the Approval.
B. 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.
C. 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.
D. 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; if your intended performance period is 90 days or less, you need to provide an Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P.R. China. You must apply for your visa before the commencing performance date indicated on the Approval and you will be allowed to perform only within the period of time indicated in the Approval.
E. Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation.
5 - Copy of driver's licese or state issued ID
6 - 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.)
7 - Applicants born in China must fill out the GIVEN NAME and PREVIOUS NAME in Chinese characters on the application.
Please download the PDF file below:
The application must be TYPED using CAPITAL LETTERS.
All fields must be filled out.
Below are the steps to fill out the application:
1.1 Name of the applicant has to match exactly the name on the passport for First, Middle (if any) and Last.
1.2 If the applicant was born in China, he or she needs to write his or her name in Chinese, otherwise write "N/A".
1.3 If the applicant is female, married and changed her name to the married name, she will need to write maiden name or previous last names.
1.4 Check one of the boxes.
1.5 The format for the Chinese application is year, month, day e.g., 1992/12/25.
1.6 Write your nationality in the field e.g., "USA".
1.7 If applicant has a former nationality please type it in, otherwise write "N/A".
1.8 City, State, Country of Birth.
1.9 Driver's license or state issued ID number if applicant is an adult and has such ID.
1.10 In most instances the applicant has an Ordinary Passport.
1.11, 1.12, 1.14 Passport information as shown in the data page.
1.13 If the applicant is a U.S. passport holder write "USA".
1.15 Check-mark your occupation. If none of those in the list apply, check "other" and type it in.
1.17 Put your employer's information if you’re still working. If retried, please type "Retired" and put your home address.
If you’re a student, put your school name and address. For children, write parents' home address.
1.18 - 1.22 Personal information. Please fill out all fields.
1.23 Family members living at the address of the applicant. Please list at least one family member.
1.24 Emergency contact. Please fill out all fields
1.25 The answer will be "USA".
2.1 Purpose of the journey. For example, if it’s for tourism, check Tourism, business, check Business, etc.
2.2 Intended number of entries. For U.S. passport holders please select "Multiple entries valid for 1 year from the date of issue".
For foreign nationals with legal residency status in the U.S. please select Single or Double entry and duration for 6 months.
All visa decisions will be made by the Consulate of the People’s Republic of China.
2.3 If you require express or rush service, please check "Yes". Otherwise check "No".
2.4 Date of travel to China (YYYY/MM/DD).
2.5 How long do you intend to stay in days on your first visit, e.g., 7 days, 12 days, etc.
2.6 Date of your Itinerary YYYY/MM/DD till YYYY/MM/DD in sequence and the place with address and phone numbers in China.
2.7 The answer is "Self" (if the applicant is paying for the trip) or the company name (if the applicant is employed and company is paying for the trip).
2.8 For tourism, write the name of the hotel or the tour company in China with the full address and phone number.
For business, write the name and address of the inviting company in China. You will find this information on the letterhead of your invitation letter.
2.9 If it’s yes, write "YES", then answer the question. if no, write "NO".
2.10 If yes, put YES, and type in the countries you have visited.
3.1 - 3.5 you must check-mark those boxes.
3.6 If you wish to add more notes, add them. If not, just write "N/A".
3.7 If you need to add more information, add it. If not, write "N/A".
3.8 Write "N/A".
Part 4 - Signature and date YYYY/MM/DD.
Part 5- If the application was filled out by someone other than the applicant, e.g., child, ONE of the parents will sign and fill it out by putting her or his information.
Regular Service Consulate Fee $140.00 + Service Fee $100.00 - Duration to get the visa is 7 business days.
Express Service Consulate Fee $160.00 + Service Fee $170.00 - Duration to get the visa is 3 business days.
Rush Service Consulate Fee $170.00 + Service Fee $300.00 - Duration to get the visa is 1 or 2 business days.*All service types require a return shipping charge for FedEx service based on current rates