As of February 9, 2012, the Chinese Embassy in Washington DC has stopped accepting applications for anyone that is not within their jurisdiction. Chinese visa applications must be submitted at the various consulates around the country that have jurisdiction over a person’s state of residence. Please note many consulates are very particular and hand written forms are no longer accepted - application forms must be completely and accurately completed on a computer.
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- Section 1.11 Must have a driver's license or state ID number.
- Section 2.5 Must contain an actual address and phone number of either a hotel or sponsoring organization in China.
- Section 3.6 Must always contain information on parents, and spouse, if married.
- Any fields that are truly not relevant must contain N/A.
Please be aware consulates are rejecting anything that is not 100% complete.
Where are the consulates in the United States?
View list of Chinese consulates
Is a student visa required?
Students who will study or complete an internship in China for less than six (6) months need to apply for an F visa before departure. Detailed information about F visas can be found here. A description of the requirements, fees, and processing times can also be found at this site.
Students who will study or complete an internship in China for more than six (6) months need to apply for a student visa before departure. A student visa is referred to as an X Visa. An X visa is usually a single entry visa. Students are given permission to enter China within a 3-month period and should plan to arrive during that time. Read the detailed information about X visas for China. A description of the requirements, fees, and processing times can also be found at this site.
Students on an X visa must apply for a Residence Permit within 30 days of arrival.
Visa applications must be submitted in person at a Chinese Embassy or Consulate. Read a list of the embassies and consulates in the United States. Handwritten applications are no longer accepted. All applications must be completed using a computer and Adobe Reader or other PDF program and submitted in print as a PDF file. This is still a paper application but it must be prepared with a computer. If a student is unable to bring the application materials to the appropriate location in person, they can designate someone else to deliver the materials on their behalf. Applications that are mailed or faxed to the Embassy or Consulate will not be accepted. No appointment is necessary to drop off a visa application. Non-US citizens will need to consult with the consulate regarding any additional requirements.
How long does a student visa take and when should my student apply?
Visas are typically processed within four (4) business days. Express and rush services are available for an additional charge. The pick-up time should be indicated on the receipt that a student receives when the application is dropped off. If the student is unable to return to pick up the visa, he/she can designate someone to pick up the visa on his/her behalf. This individual will need the original receipt at the time of pick up.
Batch processing for institutions may be possible, may be processed on the same day, and may have an additional fee for rush processing. In some cases, the consulate may mail visa applications back to the batch processing institution.
Can a student obtain a student visa once overseas?
No. Students must apply for a visa before departure.
Can a student re-enter China after the visa is granted?
Yes. The residency permit that the student applies for after arriving in China allows the student to re-enter China.