When planning your trip to China, you will need to apply for a Chinese Visa well in advance. This can be a tedious (but necessary) process.
The first step is to determine which visa you will need, such as a tourist visa, student visa, work visa, or one of the other various reasons for visiting China. You will also need to ensure your passport is valid for at least another 6 months, and you must have a current color photo to attach to the application.
Once all forms and documents are filled out and attached, you will send the application and documentation to the correct Chinese Embassy or Consulate for your area.
Even though you may have worked hard to fill out the application correctly, there are many reasons why the Chinese government may reject your visa application.
Common Issues and Mistakes
There are issues that will cause an application for a Chinese visa to be rejected, some of these issues include:
- Criminal record or pending case in a court of law
- In the past, you have violated visa rules for China or other country
- Carrier of contagious disease such as AIDS, Hepatitis B…
- Not able to financially support yourself during stay
- Belong to a field deemed ‘sensitive’ by the Chinese government including media, religion, military
It is easy to make a mistake on the extensive Chinese visa application form. These are some common mistakes that we frequently encounter when submitting an application for a Chinese visa:
- Failure to state exact reason for visit
- Major typographical errors on your application or attached documents
- Missing documentation
- Color photograph does not meet specifications
- Invalid passport
You will need to apply for the correct type of visa depending on your reason for visiting China.
Mistakes Often Made By Visa Type
Even when applying for the correct type of visa, there are frequent errors within each type. It is easy to make mistakes within each type, so be careful and diligent when filling out the application.
Here are some common mistakes that we see that could cause your visa to be rejected:
- Incomplete or missing itinerary – you must list each place you will visit during your stay in China
- Missing information on the invitation letter – you must submit an invitation letter from the person you will be visiting and with whom you will be staying. The person must list their full name, gender, date of birth, copy of their passport, proof of accommodation, relationship to the person, and more
- Business invitation letter missing information – the letter must be on official letterhead and must include a seal or signature of someone representing the company
- Missing information on the letter from your company – this letter must state your personal info. (full name, birthdate…) as well as the purpose of your visit and the duration of your stay
- Submitting a copy of the invitation letter – the invitation letter must be original, with a wet ink signature and stamp
- If you have done extensive traveling within the past 60 months, the Chinese Embassy/Consulate may ask for details regarding all of your travels. It is best to have this ready ahead of time.
This is not an all-inclusive list; and there could be other reasons why your application for a Chinese visa was rejected. This is why it is a good idea to have someone evaluate your application before it is submitted to the Chinese Embassy or Consulate.
Let One Source Process Help
At One Source Process, we have successfully worked with the Chinese Embassy/Consulate to submit visas to visit their country. We know which embassy or consulate to contact based on your place of residence.
We offer a FREE review of your paperwork and will alert you to possible mistakes and have you fix them before your application is rejected. When we submit your China visa application, all issues should be resolved, giving you a much better chance of having your visa application accepted quickly.
Please Contact Us if you have any questions regarding your Chinese visa application. We are here for you 7 days a week.
Once you have your Chinese visa completed, and attached all needed documentation, fill out our Order Form. We will review your application and documents before it is submitted to the Chinese Embassy.
We look forward to working with you and wish you safe and exciting travels!