Which visa should you apply for?
1. Chinese Short-Term Visiting Visa (Q2 Visa)
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.
2. Visa for Child born in the U. S. to a Chinese Parent
It refers to the child with one or both parents who are Chinese descent.
You can apply as long as you meet one item:
① The child has applied for and been issued a Chinese visa before;
② If the child is born, both parents have a foreign passport;
③ If a parent holds a foreign passport at the time of child’s birth, the other parent holds a Chinese passport and the party who is holding the Chinese passport has a foreign permanent residency (green card);
④ If the parents of both parties hold a Chinese passport at the time of child’s birth, one of the parents has obtained the permanent residency (green card) of the foreign country.
If you do not meet these conditions, children will need to apply for a Chinese travel permit. Please consult in advance.
3. China Tourist Visa (L Visa)
Foreigners who intend to go to China as a tourist.
4. Chinese Business Visa (F/M Visa)
F Visa: Foreigners who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other non-business activities.
M Visa: Foreigners who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.
5. China Work Visa (Z Visa)
Foreigners who intend to work in China.
6. Chinese Student Visa (X1/X2 Visa)
X1 Visa: Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.
X2 Visa: Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.
7. China’s long-term visitor visa (Q1 visa)
This is the popular choice. 3 or 5 years visa.
Who can apply for Q1 Visa?
① The applicant is a Chinese citizen or a family member of a foreigner with permanent residency status in China. Family members are: spouses, parents, children, spouses of children, siblings, grandparents, grandparents, grandchildren, parents of spouses, and persons applying for immigration due to foster care.
② Children who want to return to their home country.
The Q1 visa is only a single entry visa. Applicants must go to the relevant immigration authorities to apply for a residence permit within 30 days to stay in China for long-term residence and free enter or leave China. This type of visa requires a lot of documents and does not apply to most applicants. We suggest that if you are only returning to China for a short period of time or visiting relatives and friends, applying for a Chinese tourist visa or a Chinese short-term visiting visa is the best option.
8. China’s Long-Term Visa for private matters (S1 Visa)
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.
9. China’s Short-Term Visa for private matters (S2 Visa)
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.