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China Visa Category

Please select a visa category based on your purpose of visit to China and click the each category to see detailed requirements for application

  1. L Visa  (Tourist Visa). Issued to the Foreigners who intend to go to China as a tourist. Apply Now

  2. M Visa ( Commercial Visa). Issued to Foreigners who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities. Apply Now

  3. F Visa  (Academic exchange Visa). Issued to Foreigners who intend to go to China for academic exchanges, visits, study tours and other non-business activities. Apply Now

  4. C Visa  (Crew Visa). 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. Apply Now

  5. Q1 Visa . Issued to Foreigners 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. Apply Now

  6. Q2 Visa. Issued to Foreigners 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 is no more than 180 days. Apply Now

  7. R Visa. Issued to Foreigners who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

  8. X1 Visa. Issued to Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days. Apply Now

  9. X2 Visa. Issued to Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days. Apply Now

  10. S1Visa. Issued to Foreigners 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.

  11. S2 Visa. Issued to Foreigners 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 is no more than 180 days.

  12. Z Visa . Issued to Foreigners who intend to work in China.

China Tourist Visa (L VISA)

Issued to Foreigners who intend to go to China as a tourist.
Valid for 10 years with multiple entries for U.S. Citizens.

U.S. citizens may qualify for a multiple entry China tourist visa, valid for ten years.

 

 

Required Documents: You must prepare and send the following documents to us for your Tourist Visa:

1. Passport:

You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must

  • be valid for more than 6 months.

  • contain at least two blank visa pages.

Note: The last three pages on U.S. Passport are amendment and endorsement pages and not visa pages. They cannot be used for visa stamp. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.

  • Non-U.S. Citizens must send a green card copy, or copy of “H” visa or “F” visa or a valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of U.S government.

    • Additional Requirements for Minors:

      Copy of the Birth Certificate

      A copy of passport from both parents

    • Additional Requirements for Chinese Americans Born in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong: and Macau:

      First time applicants who were born in China must submit original Chinese passport and a copy of the naturalization certificate..

      First time applicants who were born in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau must submit a photocopy of their previous passport.

2. Application Form

You must complete the Application Form online and print it out. Do not leave any areas blank; instead, write "N/A" if you don't have an answer to a question, or if the question does not apply to you.

The form must:

  • Be printed single-sided.

  • Be dated and signed in blue or black ink.

Notice: When you start filling out the application form online, the computer will provide you with an Application ID. You must write this ID down and remember it for later use. You can save the form temporarily.

For applicants born in China, Macau, Taiwan, or Hong Kong, you must also type your Chinese name in Chinese characters under the "Other name(s)" section on the online visa application form. (大陆或港台出生的申请人,务必将中文名字填写在签证申请表上)

3. Photo: One form per applicant with one photo

  • The photo with the application form must be 2x2 passport style that is professionally taken and printed.

    • Please do not staple the photo onto the application form, you may attach the passport style photo onto the application form with tape.

4. Job Description:

  • Please complete this Job description Form. This form is not required for high school students, homemakers, retired, unemployed persons and children.

5. Supporting Document: 

When you apply for a China tourist visa, You must provide one of following supporting documents:

  1. Provide a photocopy of the round-trip airline ticket AND hotel reservation OR;

  2. Provide an invitation letter from your host in China. The letter of invitation is an important document that is written by an entity in China showing why you intend to visit the country. The entity can be an individual, a business company, an academic institution, or even a tourist group. This letter shows the reason for your travel to China.  Below are the requirements of the invitation letter:

  • Your name, gender, arrival and departure dates, specific destination, passport number

  • Your sponsor’s name, signature, contact information, address, and copy of residence permit, and/or Chinese ID.

  • Your purpose of your Chinese visit.

  • A non-government sponsor must state the relationship you share. The photocopy of inviter's Chinese ID is required if the invitation letter is from an individual.

6. Order Form: Complete BCV Visa Order Form online and print out, then send to us with your application.

7. Visa Fee and BCV Service Fee:

Total Fee$444.00, Including Visa Fee, Application pre-checking, and BCV service fee.

Payment method: Make one check or money order payable to BCV Visa and Passport Services. You can use Zelle make you payment to us

Note: 

  1. U.S. citizens born in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tunisia, Turkey, or Syria who are currently traveling to China with their American passport will need to make a personal appearance in order to apply for a visa to China. China Visa Service Center will be unable to assist you with your visa request.

  2. Media Professional and Religious Professional

  3. NGO/Non-Profit Workers

  4. Applicants with Criminal Record Travelers with a criminal record may be required to appear in person at the consulate.

Shipping of Application: Please send all required documents mentioned above to BCV via FedEx, UPS or other security mail:

Shipping Address:         

BCV Visa and Passport Services

21306 Chickory Trail,

Katy, TX 77450

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China Business Visa ("M" Or "F" VISA)

 

The Category “M” business visas are issued for commercial and trade activities, such as visiting clients, meeting with business partners, and attending trade fairs. These visas are typically valid for 3 months. US citizens may be eligible for a 10-year multiple entry visa.

 

The category “F” business visas are for academic exchange including conducting research, attending conferences, and University collaboration. These are typically valid for 3-6 months with 1-2 entries.

Required Documents: You must prepare and send the following document to us for your business visa:

1. Passports:

You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must

  • be valid for more than 6 months.

  • contain at least two blank visa pages.

Note: The last three pages on U.S. Passport are amendment and endorsement pages and not visa pages. They cannot be used for visa stamp. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.

  • Non-U.S. Citizens must send a green card copy, or copy of “H” visa or “F” visa or a valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of U.S government.

  • Additional Requirements for Minors:

Copy of the Birth Certificate

A copy of passport from both parents

  • Additional Requirements Chinese Americans Born in China:

  • First time applicants who were born in China must submit original Chinese passport.

  • First time applicants who were born in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau must submit a photocopy of their previous passport

2. Application Form

You must complete the Application Form online and print it out. Do not leave any areas blank; instead, write "N/A" if you don't have an answer to a question, or if the question does not apply to you.

The form must:

  • Be printed single-sided.

  • Be dated and signed in blue or black ink.

Notice: When you start filling out the application form online, the computer will provide you with an Application ID. You must write this ID down and remember it for later use. You can save the form temporarily.

For applicants born in China, Macau, Taiwan, or Hong Kong, you must also type your Chinese name in Chinese characters under the "Other name(s)" section on the online visa application form. (大陆或港台出生的申请人,务必将中文名字填写在签证申请表上)

Additional Requirements for Chinese Americans Born in China:

  • First time applicants who were born in China must submit original Chinese passport.

  • First time applicants who were born in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau must submit a photocopy of their previous passport.

3. Photo. One form per applicant with one photo

  • The Chinese Consulate requires a photograph that meets very strict requirements. The photo with the application form must be 2x2 passport style that is professionally taken and printed. Please do not staple the photo onto the application form, you may attach the passport style photo onto the application form with tape.

5. Official Business Invitation Letter issued by a Company in China.

The offical business invitation letter must show which company in China has invited you for business. The letter must be on the company letterhead and should also contain the company stamp.

The letter must include the following:

  • Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number;

  • Information concerning the applicant's visit to China : purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant's accommodations in China 

  • Information of the inviter: name of the unit or individual, phone number or Email, Inviter' s address in China, if possible, fax number.

  • Official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual.

6. Proof of Residency:

You need to submit a document that proves your current residential address. This proof document can be a copy of your driver’s license or utility bill.

​7Previous Chinese Visa:

If you have visited China before, then you need to provide a copy of the previous Chinese visa. It must be the most recently issued version.

If your last valid visa is on your previous old passport, please make sure to submit the original previous old passport.

 Other Visa Requirements To Note:

  • If you work with the media, NGO, or as part of a religious organization, you must have a personal statement letter as well as a letter from your employer on the company letterhead. The same applies if you work for an NGO. These should show that you are not traveling with the intention to perform any religious or media work.

  • If you are a U.S. Citizen born in Tunisia, Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and Cameroon, and you intend to travel to China with an American passport, the rules are a bit different. You must show up in person to apply for a China visa.

  • If you are a non-U.S- citizen, you must include a valid work visa or Green Card copy with your China visa application.

8. Order FormComplete BCV Visa Order Form online and print out, then send to us with your application.

9. Visa Fee and BCV Service Fee:

Visa Fee:  $140.00, which will pay to Consulate

BCV Service Fee: $399.00, Including Application pre-checking, and BCV service fee

Shipping Fee: $60.00

Payment method: Make one check or money order payable to BCV Visa and Passport Services. You can use Zelle make the payment to us.

Shipping of Application: Please send all required documents mentioned above to BCV via FeDex, UPS or other security mail:

Shipping Address:         

BCV Visa and Passport Services

21306 Chickory Trail,

Katy, TX 77450

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Family Visit Visa ("Q" Visa)

Q1 Visa . Issued to Foreigners 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.

Q2 Visa. Issued to Foreigners 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 is no more than 180 days.

 

Required Documents: You must prepare and send the following document to us for your business visa:

1. Passports:

You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must

  • be valid for more than 6 months.

  • contain at least two blank visa pages.

Notice: The last three pages on U.S. Passport are amendment and endorsement pages and not visa pages. They cannot be used for visa stamp. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.

Notice:

  • Additional Requirements for Minors:

    Copy of the Birth Certificate

    A copy of passport from both parents

  • Additional Requirements for Chinese Americans Born in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong: and Macau:

    First time applicants who were born in China must submit original Chinese passport.

    First time applicants who were born in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau must submit a photocopy of their previous passport.

2. Application Form

You must complete the Application Form online and print it out. Do not leave any areas blank; instead, write "N/A" if you don't have an answer to a question, or if the question does not apply to you.

The form must:

  • Be printed single-sided.

  • Be dated and signed in blue or black ink.

Notice: When you start filling out the application form online, the computer will provide you with an Application ID. You must write this ID down and remember it for later use. You can save the form temporarily.

For applicants born in China, Macau, Taiwan, or Hong Kong, you must also type your Chinese name in Chinese characters under the "Other name(s)" section on the online visa application form. (大陆或港台出生的申请人,务必将中文名字填写在签证申请表上)

3. Photo. One form per applicant with one photo

The Chinese Consulate requires a photograph that meets very strict requirements. The photo with the application form must be 2x2 passport style that is professionally taken and printed. Please do not staple the photo onto the application form, you may attach the passport style photo onto the application form with tape.

4. Invitation letter by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen who lives in China with a Chinese permanent residence permit.

The invitation letter must contain:

  • Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, nationality and passport number;

  • Information concerning the applicant's visit to China : purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant's accommodations in China .

  • Information of the inviter: name of the unit or individual, phone number or email, inviter's address in China, and if applicable, fax number.

Click here to see an invitation letter sample from an individual in English version.

Click here to see an Invitation letter sample from an individual in Chinese version

5. Inviter' s Chinese ID Copy (both sides) or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the individual is required.

6. Proof of Residency:

You need to submit a document that proves your current residential address. This proof document can be a copy of your driver’s license or utility bill.

  • Where Are You From Statement:

  • Click here to print out, then fill out and sign this form

.

7. Order FormComplete BCV Visa Order Form online and print out, then send to us with your application.

8. Visa Fee and BCV Service Fee:

Total Fee: $444.00, Including Visa Fee, Application pre-checking, and BCV service fee

Payment method: Make one check or money order payable to BCV Visa and Passport Services. You can use Zelle make you payment to us

Note: 

  1. If you work with the media, NGO, or as part of a religious organization, you must have a personal statement letter as well as a letter from your employer on the company letterhead. The same applies if you work for an NGO. These should show that you are not traveling with the intention to perform any religious or media work.

  2. If you are a U.S. Citizen born in Tunisia, Syria, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, and Cameroon, and you intend to travel to China with an American passport, the rules are a bit different. You must show up in person to apply for a China visa.

  3. If you are a non-U.S- citizen, you must include a valid work visa or Green Card copy with your China visa application.

Shipping of Application: Please send all required documents mentioned above to BCV via FeDex, UPS or other security mail:

Shipping Address: 

BCV Visa and Passport Services

21306 Chickory Trail,

Katy, TX 77450

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C Visa  (Crew Visa). 

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.

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Required Documents: You must prepare and send the following document to us for your crew visa:

1. Passports:

You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must

  • be valid for more than 6 months.

  • contain at least two blank visa pages.

Notice: The last three pages on U.S. Passport are amendment and endorsement pages and not visa pages. They cannot be used for visa stamp. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.

  • Non-U.S. Citizens must send a green card copy, or copy of “H” visa or “F” visa or a valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of U.S government.

Notice:

  • Additional Requirements for Minors:

    Copy of the Birth Certificate

    A copy of passport from both parents

  • Additional Requirements for Chinese Americans Born in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong: and Macau:

    First time applicants who were born in China must submit original Chinese passport.

    First time applicants who were born in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau must submit a photocopy of their previous passport.

2. Application Form

You must complete the Application Form online and print it out. Do not leave any areas blank; instead, write "N/A" if you don't have an answer to a question, or if the question does not apply to you.

The form must:

  • Be printed single-sided.

  • Be dated and signed in blue or black ink.

Notice: When you start filling out the application form online, the computer will provide you with an Application ID. You must write this ID down and remember it for later use. You can save the form temporarily.

For applicants born in China, Macau, Taiwan, or Hong Kong, you must also type your Chinese name in Chinese characters under the "Other name(s)" section on the online visa application form. (大陆或港台出生的申请人,务必将中文名字填写在签证申请表上)

3. Photo. One form per applicant with one photo

  • The Chinese Consulate requires a photograph that meets very strict requirements. The photo with the application form must be 2x2 passport style that is professionally taken and printed. Please do not staple the photo onto the application form, you may attach the passport style photo onto the application form with tape.

4. Business Cover Letter

You are required to provide a Business Cover Letter from your U.S.-based company. All letters must be printed on company letterhead that displays a U.S. mailing address. Using the included sample Business Cover Letter to complete your letter. A Business Introduction Letter issued by American Airlines must be provided.

5. Copy of Front and Back of Airline Crew Identification

You must provide a copy of the front and back of your airline crew identification badge.

6. Copy of your Driver's License

You must provide a photocopy of your driver's license. The home address you provide on the visa application form must match the address displayed on your driver's license.

Note: Delta Bases Requirement Visas are allowed by Delta for Flight Attendants in the following bases:  Atlanta, Detroit, Seattle and Los Angeles.

7. Order FormComplete BCV Visa Order Form online and print out, then send to us with your application.

8. Visa Fee and BCV Service Fee:

Visa Fee pay to Chinese Consulate: $140.00

BCV Service Fee: $399.00, Including Application pre-checking, and BCV service fee

Shipping Fee: $60.00

Non U.S. Citizen, click here for consular fee that applies to you.

Payment method: Make one check or money order payable to BCV Visa and Passport Services. You can use Zelle make you payment to us.

9. Payment:

Make one check payable to BCV Visa and Passport Services. Only Visa or Mater credit card are accepted with 3% surcharge

Shipping of Application: Please send all required documents mentioned above to BCV via FedEx, UPS or other security mail:

Shipping Address: 

BCV Visa and Passport Service

 21306 Chickory Trail,

Katy, TX 77450

Study Visa ("X" Visa)

X1 Visa. Issued to Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.

X2 Visa. Issued to Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.

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Required Documents: You must prepare and send the following document to us for your crew visa:

1. Passports:

You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must

  • be valid for more than 6 months.

  • contain at least two blank visa pages.

Note: The last three pages on U.S. Passport are amendment and endorsement pages and not visa pages. They cannot be used for visa stamp. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.

  • Non-U.S. Citizens must send a green card copy, or copy of “H” visa or “F” visa or a valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of U.S government.

  • If you was born in China and was previous Chinese citizenship, and now you have obtained foreign citizenship, which means you have a Chinese background, please Click here for additional requirements.

  • All minor applicants must submit a copy of birth certificate, and a copy of both parents passport, please click here for additional requirements.

2. Application Form

  • Download Application Form V. 2013, which must be completely filled on computer. Do not leave any areas blank but instead write “N/A” if you don't have answer to a question, or if the question does not apply to you. The form must be printed single-sided; Be dated and signed in blue or black ink

3. Photo. One form per applicant with one photo

  • The Chinese Consulate requires a photograph that meets very strict requirements. The photo with the application form must be 2x2 passport style that is professionally taken and printed. Please do not staple the photo onto the application form, you may attach the passport style photo onto the application form with tape.

4. Admission Letter.

For "X 2 " Visa, you need provide an Original and Photocopy of Admission Letter issued by a school in China.

For "X 1" Via (study in China for a period of more than 180 days), JW202 Form is required. A letter of acceptance from your Chinese based educational establishment.  

Note for JW 202 form:

  • Compare your JW202 with your passport and verify that your name, date of birth, passport number and birth city are the same on your passport and your JW202

  • Submit both the original and a copy with your application materials.  The original will be returned to you with your visa

5. Order Form Complete the BCV Visa Order Form online and print out, then send to us with your application.

6. Visa Fee and BCV Service Fee:

Visa Fee pay to Chinese Consulate: $140.00

BCV Service Fee: $395.00, Including Application pre-checking, and BCV service fee

Non U.S. Citizen, click here for consular fee that applies to you.

Payment method: Make one check or money order payable to BCV Visa and Passport Services. Only visa and master Credit card are accepted with 3% surcharge. For Rush and Express Service, we do not accept personal check payments.

7. Payment: Make one check or money order payable to:  BCV Visa and Passport Services. Only visa or Master credit card are accepted with 3% surcharge.

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