- If you were born in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau, you must fill in your Chinese name, in Chinese characters, on the Visa Application Form.
- First time applicants who were born in China must submit original Chinese passport.
- First time applicants who were born in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau must submit a photocopy of their previous passport.
- American born children of Chinese descent under the age of 18 must provide copy of birth certificate and copy of parents' passports and green cards when applying for the first time or when applying for 24-month visa.
- Applicants with Chinese background can apply for 24-month multi-entry tourist visa, including people who were married to Chinese citizens, in which case applicants must provide a copy of marriage license and spouse's Chinese passport and green card if applicable. However, the issuance of a 24-month visa is at the sole discretion of the Chinese Consulate. The Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles DOES NOT issue 24-month visa when application is submitted through an agent.
- Children under the age of 18 must provide copy of birth certificate and one parent's passport (information page only).
- Non-US passport holders must have valid long term US visa (B1/B2 visas are not accepted) or green card to apply for a Chinese visa in the US. You must send the ACTUAL green card when applying at our Houston and Los Angeles offices, or a photocopy of it when applying in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and Washington DC. Multiple entry visas are not available to non-US passport holders in all offices.
- Citizens of certain countries, such as France and Nigeria, are required to apply in person at the Chinese Embassy/Consulates. In addition, the Chinese Consulate in Chicago requires citizens of the following countries to apply in person: Germany, The Netherlands, Spain, Portugal, Austria, Belgium, Norway, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, Greece, Iceland, Sweden, Switzerland, Luxemburg, Estonia.