China Tourist Visa(L Visa) Application
What is a China Tourist Visa(L Visa) ?
L Visa is issued to an alien who comes to China for sightseeing, family visiting or other private purposes.
Documents to be included with L visa application:
- Your valid & actual passport. The passport must have at least six (6) months validity left before expiration and at least one blank page left in it.
- One completed and signed Visa Application Form with one passport photo (black & white or color is acceptable).
- An applicant born in China who applies for a Chinese visa with a new foreign passport is required to submit his/her Chinese passport or last foreign passport with a Chinese visa.
One of the following documents is required:
- -- An Invitation Letter for Tourist Group of Invitation Letter for Tourist by a Duly Authorized Tourism Unit;
- -- An Invitation Letter issued by companies, corporations, institutions and individuals in China. If the invitation letter is issued by an individual in China, the photocopy of the ID of the individual is required.
- -- Photocopy of the roundtrip airline ticket and hotel reservation.
- *The invitation letter issued by companies, corporations, institutions and individuals in China, shall include the following items: (A) Personal information of the application: name, gender, date of birth, etc. (B) Information concerning the applicant's visit to China: purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant's accommodations in China. (C) Information of the inviter: name of the unit or individual, phone number, address, and if applicable, seal and signature of the legal representative.
- * Generally, the invitation letter may be submitted as a fax, copy or printout. If necessary, the consular officer will ask the applicant to submit the original invitation letter, or to provide some supporting and supplementary documents, or schedule an interview.
- * The application with any fake invitation letter or other fraud will be rejected.
- * The Chinese citizens' spouses and children with American nationality, as well as the Chinese American born in China (including Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau) and their spouses and children, are eligible to apply for a long-term valid "L" visa with multiple-entries. The applicant is required to provide an invitation letter from the relatives in China and copy of the official ID of the relative, and if applicable, marriage certificate, birth certificate and proof of filial relationship.
- * In accordance with the specific application, the consular officer decides to issue visas with different validity, number of entries and duration of stay in China.
Here's a sample invitation letter
Additional Requirements for Non-US Citizens:
- One completed and signed Visa Application Form V2011B.
- Your previous Chinese visa.
- You must send your original US Green Card and both sides copy of it.
- US B-1, B-2 vistor visa holder can not apply the China visa in the US.
- If you hold other valid US visa, you must send your original document and a copy of it.
Note: The Chinese consulate only issue single or double entry visa to Non-US citizen - NO EXCEPTIONS. Multiple entry visa are not available for Non-US citizen.
Additional Requirements for the children born in USA, if one of their parents is Chinese and hold USA passport or Green Card:
- When the first time to apply Chinese visa for the children, you should provide the following documents:
- The copy and the original Birth Certificate of the child.
- The copy and the original USA passport (or Chinese passport and the Green Card) of the child's parents.
- For the children who have applyed Chinese visa before, no additional documents require. But if the previous Chinese visa is not on the child's current passport, you should submit the child's old passport with the previous Chinese visa.
China Tourist Visa Requirements & Additional information
Usually, the validity of a Single Entry or Double Entry China tourist visa (L visa) is 90 days from the date of issue, which means the holder of the visa shall enter into China no later than 90 days from the date of issue once for Single Entry/ twice for Double Entry, otherwise the visa is expired and is null and void. The duration of stay of a (L) visa is 30 days, which means the visa holder may stay in China for up to 30 days from the date of entry. Any person suffering from a mental disorder, leprosy, AIDS, venereal diseases, contagious tuberculosis or other such infectious diseases shall not be permitted to enter China. The Validity, Duration of Stay, and Number of Entries of the visa is issued at the discretion of the Consular Officers, whose decisions are based on the laws and regulations of China. The Consular Officers have the authority to refuse any visa applications inconsistent with Chinese laws and regulations, or revoke issued visas.
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