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Notice on Updated Requirements for Chinese Visa Application
2022-06-30 17:35


From the date of the publishing of this notice, applicants applying for a M/F/Z visa in the United Kingdom for entry into China for short-term visit and long-term employment in the fields of economy & trade, education, science & technology, sports and culture, etc, are no longer required to submit a PU letter issued by a competent department in China.

The latest requirement for visa application issued by the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom: 

I. Basic Documents

1. Passport

Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity,blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the bio data page.

2. Visa Application Form and Photo

One completed Visa Application Form with a recently-taken colour passport photo against a light background attached. Please refer to "Photo Requirements for Chinese Visa Application".

(https://www.mfa.gov.cn/ce/ceuk//eng/visa/notice/t1418136.htm)

3. Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to non-British applicants)

The original and a photocopy of a valid British visa or other proof of legal stay, residence, employment or study in the UK.

4. Previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign nationals who once held Chinese nationality)

The original Chinese passport previously held and a photocopy of its data page are required when applying for a Chinese visa for the first time.

The photocopies of the data page of the previous passport and previous Chinese visa if the current passport does not contain any Chinese visa.

In case the name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, an official proof of name change is required.

5. Certificate of COVID-19 Vaccination (if applicable).

II. Scope of Accepted Visa Application

Visa Categories

Applicable Situation

Documents Required

M-Visa/F-Visa

Visits related to economic, trade, science and technology purposes, etc.

M-Visa

An invitation letter from a trade partner in China, or from trade fairs, which should contain:

a. Information about the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

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


F-Visa

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

a. Information about the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

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

Z-Visa

Employment in China.

Valid "Notification Letter of Foreigner’s Work Permit" (or "Foreigner’s Work Permit"), etc.

S1-Visa

(long-term)

S2-Visa

(short-term)

Family member of Z/M/F visa/related residence permit holder

Family members refer to: spouse, parent, child under the age of 18, parent-in-law, adult child, spouse of adult child, and unmarried partner

Proof of kinship between the applicant and inviter (such as proof of marriage, marriage certificate, birth certificate.) ;

An invitation letter from a foreign national who stays or resides in China holding a Z/F/M visa or related residence permit;

The inviter's passport and residence permit;

*Adult child, spouse of adult child, and unmarried partner applying for family member visit (S2) visa shall submit explanation documents accordingly as required by consular officials in addition to the documents mentioned above.

*S1 visa is only applicable to a family member of Z visa/residence permit   holder.

Q1-Visa(Family Reunion)

Q2-Visa(Visiting Relatives)

①Foreign family member of a Chinese citizen; 

Family member of a foreign national with Chinese permanent residence permit.

*Family members refer to: spouse, parent, parent-in-law, child, spouse of child, brother or sister, grandparent, grandchild.

Proof of family member kinship between the applicant and inviter (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by public security bureaus or notarised certification of kinship, etc.);

An invitation letter from a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen holding a Chinese permanent residence permit residing in China;

Proof of Chinese identity from the inviter (such as Chinese identity card, Chinese household registration), or foreign passport and Chinese permanent residence permit.

R-Visa

 high-level talents

"Confirmation Letter of High-Level Foreign Talents"

*The applicant's spouse and minor child (under age of 18) shall apply for the S2 visa by submitting proof of kinship (such as marriage certificate, birth certificate).

C-Visa

 crew members

A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China

*To apply for the emergency humanitarian visa for the purpose of arranging funeral matters or visiting a family member in critical medical conditions in China, applicants shall submit the identity document of the deceased or critically ill patient (such as a Chinese identity card or a foreign passport), a death certificate or a medical certificate of the patient issued by the hospital, proof of kinship, and other necessary documents as required.

III. Application Procedures:

To apply for the above visas, applicants are required to fill in the online application form and make an appointment on the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (CVASC) website before submitting applications in person on the date of the appointment and having their ten fingers’ fingerprints collected. Children under the age of 14 and adults above the age of 70 are not required to go to the CVASC for such biometric information collection. Please contact the CVASC for specific procedures, visa application requirements, processing time and fees.

IV. Diplomatic, service or courtesy visa applicants shall also submit applications at the CVASC. The applicants are not required to pre-book time slots, but shall complete and print out the online application forms in advance.

V. Foreign nationals who apply for visas for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or the Macao Special Administrative Region can submit applications to the CVASC during business hours with no need for pre-booked appointments.

VI.  Visa applications for visiting purposes which are not included above will not be accepted at the moment.

VII. Holder of a valid Chinese residence permit for employment, personal affair or family reunion does not need to apply for a new visa for entry into China; holder of a valid multiple-entry visa issued before March 26 of 2020 will need to apply for a new visa for entry into China.


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