China Visa Types
Getting Your Chinese Visa
All international travelers to China must carry two essential documents: passports from their home country and a Chinese visa that is stamped on the passport. A passport is a form of identification that is recognized in all countries, declaring the owner's country of citizenship. A visa is a travel document issued by the destination country, which grants permission for the visitor to be in that country. Passports and visas are matters of national security, and are taken very seriously by all countries.
More than two million Americans travel to China each year, and every one of them must obtain a Chinese visa. While there are many places to get your American passport -- such as courthouses, post offices, and public libraries -- you must get a Chinese visa from the Chinese Embassy or Consulates, the diplomatic office of the Chinese government in the United States.
However, there are only a few offices of the Chinese embassy/consulate in the US, and it is often inconvenient for a traveler to visit one of their offices before leaving. On top of this, the Chinese consulate stopped accepting visa applications by mail for security reasons in May of 2003. At China Visa Service Center, we help you get your visa quickly and easily.
For those who can't apply for a Chinese visa in person at the embassy, they are allowed to use a third party agency to file the application on their behalf. Therefore instead of flying into a far away city to get your visa, you can simply mail your application to China Visa Service Center, where your application is checked for accuracy and before being submitted to the Chinese consulate for visa processing. We usually process your application on the same day we receive it, and will ship it back to you by FedEx on the same day we pick up your passport and visa from the consulate. Many other visa services have waiting periods of up to a few weeks, but at China Visa Service Center, we can have it done in one day if it is so requested.
China Visa Applications
At China Visa Service Center, our only business is to help you obtain a Chinese visa, and that makes us the bona fide Chinese visa expert. While nobody can get China visa applications filed faster than we do, our prices remain competitive. With our service, you can save money while enjoying the peace of mind at the same time. We have many years of impeccable service record and a large following of loyal customers. And we are on great terms with the Chinese consulates, too. No matter what kind of visa you are applying for, be it a tourist, business, or any other type of visa, we will get it done with the fastest possible turnaround. We can also help you determine which type of visa you need, if you are unsure which category you fall under. Nowhere else will you find a more reliable, affordable, easy and fast Chinese visa service.
When you apply, you'll need to know whether you need a single entry, double entry or a multiple entry visa. Single and double entry visas are valid for three to six months from the date of issue, and multiple entry visas are valid for six, twelve or twenty-four months from the date of issue. You must arrive on Chinese soil before your visa expires, or you will need to get a new visa.
You must have a valid visa before your enter China. Some travelers think that they can get a Chinese visa upon arrival, but that is no longer true. Because of a diplomatic dispute between China and the US over the US fingerprinting all foreign visitors, the Chinese government stopped issuing landing visas to American travelers in March 2004.
Now, US citizens must obtain a visa before boarding a plane to China. If you show up for your flight without a proper visa, you will not be allowed to board the plane, or worse, will be turned back at the airport upon arrival in China. If you need a visa in a rush, don't even think about leaving without one -- just call us, and we'll get it to you faster than you thought possible.
China Travel Visas
For those who travel to China for the first time, getting a Chinese visa may prove frustrating. Many try to contact the Chinese embassy/consulates directly, but find it almost impossible to get someone to talk on the phone. Americans require minimal travel preparations for trips to Canada, Mexico, and most of Europe, so they often don't realize that their ease of travel is a result of many diplomatic relationships between nations. Traveling outside the United States' sphere of influence, such as into China and many parts of Asia, subjects you to the same travel procedures as other international travelers.
At China Visa Service Center, we make it easy to get a Chinese visa. With the help of our knowledgeable and courteous customer service reps, you no longer need to spend hours or days to research for requirements and procedures. The instructions on our website are easy to follow and extremely user friendly. Unlike many other services, we do not ask clients to prepare or send in unnecessary documents. We only list documents that are actually required by the Chinese embassy/consulates. If it's not listed on our website, it is not required.
Since becoming a specialized China visa service agency in 2004, we have become the premier China visa service agent in the US, boasting a perfect service record and earning a membership in the Better Business Bureau.
Our specialization and our relationship with the Chinese consulate have made us a top choice for people traveling to China. Our prompt service, reasonable prices, and convenience are among the best in the business, and it shows. Whether traveling for business or pleasure, more and more people are choosing the China Visa Service Center for their travel document needs.
China Business Visas
There are several different categories of visas to choose from--you'll need to know which you need when you apply. Each country has its own unique categories for types of visas--these categories define the types of visitors by either the purpose of the visit, the length of the visit, or both. In China, there are nine different categories of visa, each of which has its own privileges and limitations based on the stated intention of the traveler.
When getting China business visa, you should apply for an F visa. This type of visa is for people who have been invited to China for business or academic reasons, generally under the supervision of a company or university. These visas are good for six months for a single or a double entry, or twelve months for a multiple entry. If you have been hired by a Chinese company, you will apply for China work visas (Z visa) instead of China business visas. If you are working for an American company but you are going to China to conduct business, you will need an F visa.
There are other types of visas you may need if you are a foreign correspondent. Depending on how long you intend to stay in China, you'll need either a J-1 or a J-2 (for temporary assignments). Also, if you're a student or an intern planning to study for longer than six months, you're in a different category--you should apply for an X visa.
To apply for a business visa, you'll need your passport (with at least six months remaining before the expiration date and at least one blank page), the visa application form (which you can download from our website), one passport style photo, our order form, and an invitation letter from either a Chinese company or your own company, stating the reason for your trip. If you have questions about what this letter should say, there's an example available from our website. If you can't determine which category of visa to apply for, feel free to call us at China Visa Service Center. After talking with one of our experts, we'll be able to determine the type of visa that is most appropriate for your travels, and get that to you as soon as possible.
China Visa Services
At China Visa Service Center, we help make sure that you have all your paperwork in order to make your trip to China as enjoyable as possible. The first step to a great experience abroad is having your passport and visa in order. Nothing ruins a trip--whether for business or pleasure--like being questioned, or rejected because of improper documentation. So for a modest fee, why not let an expert make sure your forms are perfect?
Even if you live in a city where there is a Chinese consulate, you may find our fast and reliable service to be much easier than getting your visa yourself. For one, we know exactly what the Chinese consulate is looking for on the applications, and can spot any errors or omissions before you get there. The wait at the consulate can be up to a few hours in busy times, and it's no fun to stand in line once and then have to do it again when you pick up your visa.
Speaking of the wait at the consulate, who wants to take a day off from work to get a visa? Using our China visa services, you don't have to drive to the consulate, find parking, and spend hours standing in line. For a nominal service fee, you can rest assured that your paperwork is in good hands--and most people would lose much more in income taking a day off from work. Nowhere else can you get such great service at such an affordable price.
Finally, it's easy to use our China visa services. The visa requirements are clearly listed on our website, along with links to download the application and order forms. Our pricing is clearly listed in an easy-to-read chart that breaks down the cost for various levels of services. Simply send us your information, and we'll make sure your application is done on time and without error. By leaving your diplomatic paperwork to us, you can concentrate on the more important parts of your trip, making sure that you enjoy your trip to China.
A member of the Better Business Bureau, with an A+ rating, we are the only Chinese visa service agency that has an office in each city where there is a Chinese Embassy/Consulate.
Since 2012, the Chinese Embassy and Consulates in all six locations have started to enforce strict jurisdictional rules for Chinese visa processing. Applicants are required to apply at an office that has consular jurisdiction over the state they live in. Applications sent to a wrong office will be rejected and returned. The Embassy and Consulates also forbid visa service agencies to make material changes to applicants’ visa application forms. If a visa application form is found to have been tampered with, the application will be denied.
With offices in Houston, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York and Washington DC, we are well positioned to help customers from all 50 states to process their Chinese visa applications. When you apply through CVSC visa agency, you do not have to worry about sending it to a wrong place. Simply fill out our Order Form and you will be automatically directed to the correct office.
As a specialized Chinese visa service agency, we have helped hundreds of thousands of American travelers obtain their China travel visa, and provided U.S. passport services at the same time. Because of our highly efficient and reliable service, we have earned the support and praise from our loyal customers who have in turn helped us grow from a small Houston firm to one with multiple branch offices across the country.