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Phone: (510)516-2518 (Mon-Sat 2PM-8PM PST)

Mailing address:
43575 Mission Blvd. #518
Fremont, CA 94539

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Please check your document against this 2023 documents list. 旧金山领馆2023 文件清单

2024 special:
2024 Tourist (L) visa Simplified Document list

点击查看2024 Q2探亲签证申请材料。如果邀请人是中国公民,必须提供邀请人的身份证复印件和邀请函,邀请函请全部打印或是全部手写,中国地址必须写中文,领馆有可能会要求提供关系证明文件。

General sample invitation letter邀请信.

Sample invitation letter for Q2 & S2 visa/邀请信模板.


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Holiday Notice

The San Francisco Chinese Consulate and our offices are closed on:
12/29/2023 ~ 01/03/2024
02/12/2024 ~ 02/14/2024
04/01/2024 ~ 04/05/2024
05/01/2024 ~ 05/03/2024
10/01/2024 ~ 10/04/2024
11/28/2024 ~ 11/29/2024

For American Citizens

Number of EntryConsular Fee
Single Entry$140
Double Entry$140
Multiple Entry for 6 Months$140
Multiple Entry for 12 Months$140
Multiple Entry up to 10 Years$140

For Canadian Citizens
Number of EntryConsular Fee
Single Entry$60
Double Entry$60
Multiple Entry for 6 Months$60
Multiple Entry for 12 Months$60
Multiple Entry up to 10 Years$60

For Citizens of other countries
Number of EntryConsular Fee
Single Entry$23
Double Entry$34
Multiple Entry for 6 Months$45
Multiple Entry for 12 Months$68

Regular processing time is 7 working days. Regular service fee is $140 per visa.

For total turnaround time, please add return shipping days.

Express service: 4 working days, additional $25 consular fee and additional $30 service fee will be added per visa.

Express service need to provide round trip airline ticket which leave USA within 15 calendar days.

China L Visa (Tourist) Application

What is a China L Visa (Tourist) ?

L Visa is issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.

Basic Documents:

  1. Passport

    Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.
  2. Visa Application Form and Photo

    One completed and signed COVA form and confirmation page. If photo uploading was failed during filling COVA form, please attach a passport photo.
  3. 18岁以下申请者请注意: 无论是否是第一次申请中国签证,必须提交出生纸的复印件,父母护照及绿卡的复印件;如果曾有签证, 请提供复印件。

    If the applicant is under age 18, please provide photocopy of the kid's Birth Certificate and photocopy of parents passport(and green card). If the application had China visa before, please provide a photocopy of previous China visa.
  4. Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship)

    If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid visa of stay, residence, employment or student status of the country where you are currently staying.
  5. 出生在中国大陆的华人请注意:第一次申请中国签证必须提交中国护照原件和照片页的复印件; 如果中国护照上的名字与外籍护照上名字不一致, 请提供改名文件。


    Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)

    If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport and a photocopy of its data page.

    If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

Supporting Documents:

Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation letter should contain:
  1. Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
  2. Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.)
  3. Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)
  4. Photocopy of Chinese Resident ID of the inviting individual or foreign passport and residence permit.
Here's a sample invitation letter.

Special Reminder

  1. The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter.
  2. If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other documents or supplementary materials, or require an interview with the applicant.
  3. The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.
  4. According to China-U.S. Agreement on Mutual Granting of Multiple-Entry Visas Valid for One Year to Business and Tourist Travelers, the U.S. citizens may apply for a single-entry or double-entry, or a multiple-entry "F"/"L"/"M" visa valid for half a year or one year.
  5. If you are a U.S.-born child with one or two Chinese parents, and apply for a Chinese visa for the first time, please read Documentations Required for U.S.-Born Children with Chinese Descent.

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