Notice on the Current Visa Application Procedures (updated July 1, 2022)

Since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Chinese government has been adjusting the visa policy following the development of the pandemic. This Notice is to introduce the current visa policy and the application procedures. If you need to apply for a visa to China and live in the consular jurisdiction below, please follow the instructions:

1. Visa applications shall be made according to consular jurisdiction. Currently we only accept application from the consular jurisdiction of the Chinese Embassy which includes:

Washington DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia , Wyoming, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Puerto Rico

2. Steps of visa applications in our Office:

1.) First, the visa applicant is required to send an email to Please be sure to send the email according to the following instructions:

A. In your email, please indicate the purpose of your visit to China.

B. Please attach the following documents in your e-mail:

a) Visa applicant’s driver’s license / proof of residence in our office’s consular jurisdiction.

b) Visa applicant’s valid Passport, and the photocopy of the previous China Visa (if has one).

c) Basic Document for visa application. For “Basic Document”, please check part “3” of this Notice.

2.) For visa application that is within the current scope of visa processing, the applicant will receive an email replied from our office with  a list of required documents and instructions of next steps.

3.) The applicant shall follow the instructions in the email by filling out the online visa application form and send out required documents in emails.

4.) The office will preview the online application form and all of the documents by email. After the preview is finished, the office will schedule the applicant to come to our office with all original copy of documents, or instruct the applicant how to mail the physical documents to us.

5.) The office will assist the applicant to process and complete all the rest steps of the visa application. When the office receives the issued visa from the Embassy, the office will contact the applicant to pick it up from our office (or mail to the applicant if pre-arranged). If additional documents are needed in reviewing step, the office will contact the applicant by phone calls or text messages.

3. Visa Types and Basic Document:

Visa Type Applicable Situation Basic Document
M/F Visits related to economic and trade, science, technology, etc Invitation Letter by the company/institute in China

(For certain application cases, PU/TE Letter is required.)

Z Work Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit in the PRC
S1/S2 Z visa / M visa / F visa holder’s minor child/spouse/parent/parent-in-law

(If above visa holder’s adult child/child’s spouse need to visit China, please send an email to specify the situation. )

Residence Permit in China of the Z visa holder / Z Visa / M visa / F visa

(The application documents for S1/S2 visa may vary from case to case.)

Q1/Q2 Foreign family member of a Chinese citizen;

Foreign family member of a foreigner with Permanent Residence Card in China.

*The “family member” include: Spouse/Parent/Parent-in-law/Child/Child’sSpouse/Grandparent/Grandchild/Sibling

ID card of the Chinese citizen/

Foreigner’s Permanent Residence Card in China

(The application documents for Q1/Q2 visa may vary from case to case.)

R High Level Foreign Talents Confirmation Letter for High Level Foreign Talents

(R visa holder’s spouse/minor child apply for S2 visa )

C Crew member Guarantee letter from transport company

4. For emergency humanitarian visa beyond the above scope, such as attending a funeral of a direct family member or visiting a direct family member in critical condition, the Basic Document is Death Certificate or a certificate of diagnosis/critical illness notice issued by a hospital.

5 Replies to “Notice on the Current Visa Application Procedures (updated July 1, 2022)”

  1. Hi, I currently have a ten (10) year Visa to China which is still valid. I renewed my US passport and have received my new passport, however, the US State Department has not sent my old Passport (which has my Chinese Visa on it) back to me as of yet. I am planning on traveling to China in about three weeks. Can I come visit the Chinese consulate in Atlanta to have a Visa attached to my new Passport? Please advise.

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