Family Visit Visa

*** Personal appearance at Chinese Embassy may be required for fingerprinting. Please call for details.

This visa is issued to relatives of Chinese citizens or foreigners residing in China with a permanent residence permit. The S1 Chinese visa can be valid for a stay of up to 180 days in rare cases, but most often 90 days can be expected.

Regular service fee per visa:



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 a non-US citizen, ethnically Chinese, or a minor 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

China visa applications must be completely filled, signed and dated. One form per applicant. Do not leave any areas blank but instead type "N/A" if you don't have an answer to a question, or it does not apply to you.  Print the form out single-sided pages.  REMEMBER to sign your application on the 4th page with blue or black pen.

Select your region or state to download the application

IMPORTANT REMINDER: Hand-written applications are NOT accepted by Chinese Embassy/Consulate. TYPE your answers in our fill-able PDF form using Adobe reader. If your application form is not typed, CVSC can type it for a service fee of $25 AND your application will be delayed by 1-2 business days.  For help completing your application form, please view our Sample Pre-filled application.

4. Photograph

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, against an all-white background, taken by a professional passport photo service. You may print out the requirement and bring it to the photographer for reference. 

OR use our Digital Photo Service for a fast and easy alternative. Take your photo from your home or office using your own camera.  Upload the photo to CVSC and we will take care of the rest to ensure your photo meets the consular requirements. Choose this service when completing your online order form and photo upload instructions will be provided.   

5. Proof of Residency

All applicants 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.  Images of the front and back side of the ID are required.

6. Job Description (Houston Consulate only)

Applicants residing within AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, OK, MS, Puerto Rico, and TX who are currently employed or attend college in the USA must complete the “Job Description” form. Please download and complete this form. Please type your answers on the fill-able PDF document.

7. Employment Letter (SF and DC Embassy only)

Applicants residing within the San Francisco and Washington DC jurisdictions (see map) who are employed must provide a letter on company letterhead stating:

-Your China trip is not related to your job in the USA.

-You will resume working when you return home from China.

The letter must be signed and dated for you to obtain a Chinese tourist visa for your visit. Click here to view a sample employment letter.

8. Supporting Documents

A. Visiting Chinese nationals
Invitation letter from a Chinese relative along with a copy of the inviter’s Chinese ID card (front & back).

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 to obtain a family visa to visit China.

Here is a Sample Invitation Letter for your reference.

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 not authentic.

9. Proof of Relationship

If you are visiting an immediate family member who lives in China, you must provide proof of relationship such as birth certificate or marriage license.  It is recommend to send the originals of these documents because the Chinese consulate may request the originals at any time.

10. Our Order Form

Click here to apply online for your China 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.