A visa is considered one of the many requirements required for international travel. Only if an application is made followed by the issuance of a visa to a particular country can a person enter the target country? A Visa has several categories intended for many different entry purposes. This can be as or even more confusing compared to that of a passport. As with all other international visas, a China travel visa has many guidelines that must be followed when an application is made before it can be issued.
Different countries of the world have different visa-issuing organizations. Generally, passport and visa issuing organizations are the same in one country. Some of the well-known different visa-issuing organizations include foreign ministries, embassies/consulates, immigration and even police stations in certain countries. These organizations are responsible for issuing visas. Those same authorities then also have the power to refuse visa applications or to cancel the validity of an issued visa.
There are many different types of travel visas to China. These visas include D (residence visa), F (business / visit visa), G (transit visa), L (tourist visa), X (study / student visa) and Z (work visa). We will try to provide some brief information about these different types of Visa.
(Residence visa) – One of the required documents is the certificate of residence approval, a real passport with blank visa pages and a validity period of at least 6 months. The visa application form (Q1) must be completed and attached with a 2-inch color/black and white passport photo. A physical examination certificate is also required.
(Business / Visiting Visa) – Similar to the Residence Visa, but differs in that it requires either an invitation letter from China or an original visa application letter. For those born in China who later joined the foreign nationality, the Chinese passport is required (original or copy are both accepted). These conditions are for single entry applications. Multi-entry visas for businesses are also available but are covered by a different set of requirements.
(Transit Visa) – This is self-evident with a few notes about the nature of the transit, for which this Visa is not required.
(tourist visa) – Also self-explanatory. The requirements (documents) are comparable to those of the residence visa.
(study/student visa) – self-declared and requires the same documents as the residence visa with the additional JW201 and JW202 forms – admission of schools in China and application for a foreign student visa, respectively.
(Work Visa) – Visa for job seekers. The same as a D-class visa with the additional work permit for foreigners or the foreign expert’s license issued by the Chinese authorities. Workers’ family members who can prove their relationship to some form of legal documents do not need labor documents.