Please gather, prepare, and send the following documents
1. Your Passport
You must send your actual passport, which must have at least 8 months of validity remaining and at least two blank visa pages.
Note: The last three pages on the US passport are amendment and endorsement pages. They cannot be used
for visa stamp. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, click here to see our passport services.
If you are ethnically Chinese, a minor, or a non-US citizen, you must also meet these Special Requirements.
2. Photocopy of Passport
You must provide a CLEAR copy of the information page of your passport in addition to your original passport.
3. China Visa Application Form
Click here to download application form, which must be completely
filled, signed and dated. One form per applicant. Do not leave any areas blank but instead write "N/A" if you don't have answer to a question, or if
the question does not apply to you.
For help completing your application form, please view our Sample Pre-filled application.
Important Reminder: Hand-written application forms ARE NOT accepted by Chinese Embassy/Consulates. You must
TYPE your answers in our fillable pdf form.
Attention applicant: the Chinese embassy has issued strict requirements for passport photos. Your application will not be accepted if these requirements are not met.
One passport type photo, with a white background, taken by a professional passport photo service, such as Walgreens, CVS, CostCo, or Kinko's, etc. You may print out the requirement and bring it to the photographer for reference. A 2" x 2" photo is acceptable; we will trim it to meet the China consulate size requirement.
5. Proof of Residency (for LA and SF Consulate only)
Applicants residing in Alaska, Arizona, California, Guam, Hawaii, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington state must provide a copy of their driver's
license or state issued ID card. Under-aged applicants who do not have a Driver's License can submit parent's driver's license instead, along with
a copy of the birth certificate.
6. Additional Form for Visa Applicants (For Houston Consulate only)
Applicants residing within AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, OK, MS, Puerto Rico, and TX who are currently employed in the USA must complete the “Additional Form for
Visa Applicants”. Please download and complete this form.
This is only required from applicants who are employed AND reside within those states mentioned above.
7. Supporting Documents
A. Visiting Chinese nationals
Invitation letter from a Chinese relative along with a copy of the inviter’s Chinese ID
B. Visiting non-Chinese nationals who hold long term Chinese visas to work or study in China
Invitation letter from non-Chinese relative along with a copy of the inviter’s passport (1st page), work or student visa, residence permit, and documents
showing relationship between applicant and the inviter.
Invitation letter can be submitted as a photocopy. However, original invitation and/or personal interview may be requested at visa officer's discretion.
Here is a Sample Invitation Letter for your reference.
(The format of this letter is not accepted in Chicago or Houston. Applicants in these two jurisdictions must provide their own invitation letter containing
all the elements included in this sample letter.)
Important Reminder: The Chinese Embassy and Consulates randomly check the authenticity of applicants’ invitation
letters by contacting the inviting party in China. When that happens, your family visit visa application will be delayed, or denied if the letter is
8. Proof or Relationship
If you are applying for a Q1 or an S1 visa for China (visiting an immediate family member with single entry and long term stay), you must provide proof
of relationship such as birth certificate or marriage license.
The Washington DC and Chicago offices require the originals of such documents for family visit visas. All other offices accept photocopies.
9. Our Order Form
Click here to apply online for your China tourist visa and follow the steps to fill out the
China Visa Service Center order form. You will receive payment and mailing instructions when completing the form. After submitting your order, the
system will indicate where to mail your materials.