Application Procedures and Material Requirements of China Visa

(Updated on 22 August, 2022)

According to the notice issued by the Chinese Embassy in India, Chinese Visa Application Service Center has updated “Application Procedures and Material Requirements of China Visa”, which will be implemented from 24 August, 2022.

  1. Online Application and Appointment

Please visit the website of Chinese Visa Application Service Center in New Delhi https://bio.visaforchina.org/DEL2_EN/ and fill in your detailed and true information on the online application form and the confirmation page. Then make an appointment with your application form number following the system instructions.

II. Fingerprint Collection

1. Submit all the required documents in person at the Chinese Visa Center in New Delhi at your appointment time and retain ten fingerprints.

2.The following applicants can be exempt from fingerprint collection:

  1. Applicants under the age of 14 or over 70.
  2. Applicants who already had their fingerprints collected within the past five years at the Chinese Embassy in India or the Chinese Visa Center in New Delhi with the same passport.

C. Applicants with all fingers mutilated or uncollectible.

III. Application Materials

  1. General application materials for Visa:

A. Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China.

B. Confirmation Page of Online Visa Application.

  1. Original passport valid for at least 6 months, with 2 or more blank visa pages, and the photocopy of relevant pages of the passport.
  2. Expired passports within 5 years and the photocopy of relevant pages of the passports.
  3. Two recently-taken color passport photos (full face, front view and bare head. Size: 48mm×33mm).
  4. Certificate of COVID-19 vaccination with verifiable QR code.

G. Indian long-term residence visa or work permits (for citizens of a third country)

  1. Other necessary materials required by the Chinese Embassy in India and the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in New Delhi.
  1. Specific materials for different types of visas are as follows:
Visa

Categories

Description Required Documents
M-Visa

 

Issued to those who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities. ①Invitation letter issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation ;

②Introduction Letter issued by a company or relevant entity in India.

F-Visa Issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other non-commercial activities. Invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.
Z-Visa Issued to those who intend to work in China. ① Effective ‘Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit’ or the original ‘Foreigner’s Work Permit’;
② Invitation letter issued by the Chinese Employing Company.
S1-Visa

 

Issued to the foreign immediate family members of the holder of a Z visa or Chinese Residence Permit for work as well as the holder of an X1 visa or Chinese Resident Permit for study, who intend to pay long-term visits in China, including spouse, parents, children under the age of 18, parents-in-law.

 

① Original and photocopy of certification (eg. marriage certificate, birth certificate, notarized certification of kinship,etc) showing the relationship of immediate family members between applicants and inviting individual;

② An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or study);

③ A photocopy of the inviting individual’s passport and residence permit;

④ If the applicant is applying visa together with Z Visa applicant who is going to China for work or X1 Visa applicant who is going to China for study, besides the above-mentioned materials, the applicant should also submit the copies of application materials of the Z Visa or X1 Visa, as well as the an introduction letter issued by the relevant entity.

S2-Visa Issued to the foreign immediate family members of the holder of a Z visa or Chinese Residence Permit for work as well as the holder of an X1 visa or Chinese Resident Permit for study, who intend to go to China for short-term visits, including spouse, parents, children under the age of 18, parents-in-law.

 

 

 

① Certification (eg. marriage certificate, birth certificate, notarized certification of kinship,etc) showing the relationship of immediate family members between applicants and inviting individual;

② An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or study);

③ A photocopy of the inviting individual’s passport and residence permit;

④ If an adult child and his/her spouse apply for S2 Visa, in addition to the above-mentioned documents, they should also submit a letter, specifying the necessity of their visit.

Spouses and children under the age of 18 of the applicants or holders of an R-Visa Certification (e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate) .
Q1-Visa

 

Issued to family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence, who intend to go to China for family reunion, including spouses, parents, parents-in-law, children, spouses of children, brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren. ①Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, household register, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual;

② An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China;

③ Proof of the inviting individual’s Chinese identity (e.g. Chinese ID card, household register), or foreigner’s passport and Chinese‘Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card’ .

Q2-Visa Issued to family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence, who intend to go to China for short-term visits, including spouses, parents, parents-in-law, children, spouses of children, brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren. ①Certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, household register, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual;

② An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China;

③ Proof of the  inviting individual’s Chinese identity (e.g. Chinese ID card, household register), or foreigner’s passport and Chinese‘Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card’.

R-Visa Issued to those who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China. ‘Confirmation Letter for High Level Foreign Talents’.
C-Visa Issued to crew members. A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.
X1-Visa Issued to students who intend to go to China to pursue long-term study for higher academic education, including newly-enrolled students and students who return to China to resume their studies. 1. Covering letter with details as follows: place to visit, name, address, contact number, and email address of the university or entity of admission,etc.

2. For newly-enrolled students:

①Original and photocopy of ‘Visa Application for Study in China’ (Form JW201 or Form JW202);

② Original and photocopy of Admission Letter issued by a university in China;

3. For students who return to China to resume their studies: Original and photocopy of‘Certificate of Returning to Campus’ issued by the university in China.

  1. For the application of visas for emergency or humanitarian reasons, such as attending funerals or visiting critically ill relatives, the applicants should submit the identity documents of the deceased or ill relative (e.g. foreigner’s passport, etc.), a death certificate or a certificate of diagnosis, critical illness notice issued by a hospital, proof of kinship, etc. The applicants include spouses, parents, parents-in-law, children, spouses of children, brothers and sisters, grandparents and grandchildren.
  1. Application Channel

The above visas are processed through the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in New Delhi. Please consult with the Visa Center in New Delhi or refer to its website for details of the procedures, requirements, processing time and fees.

Information of the Chinese Visa Center in New Delhi:

Address:Concourse Floor, Baba Kharak Singh Marg, Shivaji Stadium Metro Station, Connaught Place, New Delhi -110001 India.

Tel:91-9999036735

E-mail:delhicentre@visaforchina.org

  1. Visa Applicants in the consular districts of the Chinese Consulate-Generals in Mumbai and Kolkata
  2. Applicants who reside in Maharashtra or Karnataka should apply to Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Mumbai for visas.

Information of the Chinese Visa Center in Mumbai:

Address:8th Floor, Mafatlal Centre, Nariman Point, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400021.

Tel:91-22-22855271

E-mail:Mumbaicentre@visaforchina.org

  1. Applicants who reside in Bihar, Jharkhand, Odisha, Chattisgarh, or West Bengal should apply to Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Kolkata for visas.

Information of the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Kolkata:

Address:BIPI Building Omega, Ground Floor, Bengal Intelligent Park, Block EP & GP, Sector V, Bidhan Nagar, Kolkata, India.

Tel:91-9999036735, 91-033 40010210

E-mail:kolkatacentre@visaforchina.org

  1. Application of Diplomatic and Official Visas

Diplomatic and official visa applications can be submitted to the Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General in India. Diplomatic passport holders, or applicants eligible for Chinese diplomatic, official or courtesy visas can be exempt from fingerprint collection.

VII. Cases Requiring no Visas for Entering into China:

  1. Holders of valid Chinese‘Foreign Permanent Resident ID Card.
  2. Holders of valid Chinese Residence Permit for work, personal matters, resident journalist and family reunion.
  3. Starting from 24 August 2022, foreign students with valid Residence Permit for study.
  4. Starting from 24 August 2022, holders of valid APEC Business Travel Card (ABTC).

VIII. Interpretation of Notice

The Chinese Embassy in India reserves the right of explanation. If there is any inconsistency between the present notice and the previously released ones, the latest version shall prevail.


  1. Special Reminder and Other Supplementing Document Requirements

C Visa

Note: Non-regular scheduled flight, chartered flight, private plane must get the Aviation Permit before departure.

F Visa

(1) An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain:

  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

b.Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

c.Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

(2) Personal or Company’s written statement (covering letter with details as follows: place to visit, name, address and contact number of the inviting / contact company or person).

M Visa

(1) Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain:

  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

b.Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)

c.Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual).

(2) Personal or company’s written statement (covering letter with details as follows: place to visit, name, address and contact number of the inviting / contact company or person).

Q1 Visa

An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:

  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  2. Information on the visit ( purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting  individual, financial source for expenditures)
  3. Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.)

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of Q1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people’s governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners’ residence permits.

Q2 Visa

An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:

  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  2. Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures)
  3. Information on the inviting individual (name, contact number, address, signature etc.)

S1 Visa

(1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  2. Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place of intended residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)
  3. Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

(2) Personal written statement (covering letter with details as follows: place to visit, name, address and contact number of the inviting person).

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of S1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people’s governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners’ residence permits.

S2-Visa

An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:

  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  2. Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)
  3. Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)

Z-Visa

(1) One of the following supporting documents is required:

  1. Original Foreigners Employment Permit of the People’s Republic of China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security. If the work period is 90 days or less, original Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P.R. China is needed.
  2. Original Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts.
  3. Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit in the People’s Republic of China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts.
  4. Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of Enterprises of Foreign Countries(regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration.
  5. An original approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs. If the performance period is 90 days or less, original Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P.R. China is needed.
  6. Original Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation;

(2) Personal written statement (covering letter with details as follows: place to visit, name, address and contact number of the inviting / contact company or person).

We kindly remind you that:

A holder of category Z visa must apply for a residence permit at the local public security authorities within 30 days of entry into China unless the Duration of Each Stay on the visa is marked as 30 days.

Other Important Reminder

(1) The applicant should guarantee that all information provided in the application is true and correct. Any false, misleading or incomplete information may result in denial of the visa or refusal of entry into China.

(2) The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout. If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other documents or supplementary materials, or require an interview with the applicant.

(3) The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.