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[h4]VISAS FOR CHINA[/h4]

[fancybox title="ATTENTION!" background="#A52A2A" ]You will be required to submit your actual passport to the consulate of China. Please plan accordingly. Once your application is submitted to the consulate, you will NOT have access to your passport until the visa process is finished by the consulate. In other words, the consulate will not release your passport until the visa process is finished. Foreign consulates work under their own rules and do not accept demands from foreign travelers. They do not work around a traveler’s time-frame and convenience, and may request additional documents not listed in the general instructions at any given time and circumstance without notice.[/fancybox]

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  • Standard: 7-10 Business Days

USC students are processed in bulk under STANDARD consulate processing time (7-10 business days).

If you require your visa to be processed faster than the STANDARD consulate turn-around time, please CLICK HERE and follow the ARISTA Passport and Visa Service website instructions for China visa processing. You will be processed separately from your school group and will be in charge of your own arrangements, requirements and visa service fees.

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VISA REQUIREMENTS AND INSTRUCTIONS

You will be required to submit the following documents to the Chinese consulate:

US CITIZENS

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  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave China.
  • Your passport MUST contain at least ONE blank “VISAS” page, completely clear of any previous stamps, stickers and marks (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count).
  • MAKE SURE your passport is SIGNED and in GOOD CONDITION. The consulate staff may reject your passport if they find it to be damaged, even if you don’t think that’s the case.
  • If your passport shows that you were born in China, Taiwan, Macau or Hong Kong, please make sure to follow the instructions for ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS in the tabs below.

Click here if your passport does NOT meet ALL of these requirements and/or contact us by phone.

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  • If you have been issued a Chinese visa in the past, you MUST submit the actual passport (even if expired or cancelled) containing your last (or most recent) visa stamp. The Chinese consulate will either enforce or waive this requirement at their discretion.

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HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR FORMS:

1) Click the link above that corresponds to your trip, and SAVE (download) the PDF file to your own computer;
2) Open the PDF file and type-in your answers;
3) When you are finished, print your filled-in forms and sign them by hand. Make sure your signature matches the signature on your passport;

  • Professional passport-type photograph: 1

  • If you don’t have a valid driver’s license, submit a state-issued ID (containing a photo).

  • USC will provide your flight itinerary print-out and a supporting letter addressed to the consulate of China.

 

For US citizens who were born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan.

  • Former Chinese citizens who obtained another citizenship MUST present the last Chinese passport or Chinese visa ever issued to the applicant.
  • Your original Chinese name MUST BE WRITTEN in Chinese characters in the appropriate field on the visa application form.
  • Proof of name change: If the applicant’s name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order, or original naturalization certificate, or marriage certificate showing the name change.

 

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NON-US CITIZENS

  • Your passport MUST be valid for AT LEAST 6 MONTHS, counting from the day you leave China.
  • Your passport MUST contain at least ONE blank “VISAS” page, completely clear of any previous stamps, stickers and marks (Amendments and Endorsement pages do not count).
  • MAKE SURE your passport is SIGNED and in GOOD CONDITION. The consulate staff may reject your passport if they find it to be damaged, even if you don’t think that’s the case.
  • If your passport shows that you were born in China, Taiwan, Macau or Hong Kong, please make sure to follow the instructions for ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS in the tabs below

  • If you have been issued a Chinese visa in the past, you MUST submit the actual passport (even if expired or cancelled) containing your last (or most recent) visa stamp. The Chinese consulate will either enforce or waive this requirement at their discretion.

Prime May 2014

 

HOW TO WORK WITH YOUR FORMS:

1) Click the link above that corresponds to your trip, and SAVE (download) the PDF file to your own computer;
2) Next, open the PDF file and type-in your answers;
3) When you are finished, print your filled-in forms and sign them by hand. Make sure your signature matches the signature on your passport;

  • Professional passport-type photograph: 1

  • Your original US immigration documents (submit all that apply to you): permanent resident card (green card), I-94, I-20, advance parole originals, etc.

  • USC will provide your flight itinerary print-out and a supporting letter addressed to the consulate of China.

 

For travelers who were born in China, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan.

  • Former Chinese citizens who obtained another citizenship MUST present the last Chinese passport or Chinese visa ever issued to the applicant.
  • Your original Chinese name MUST BE WRITTEN in Chinese characters in the appropriate field on the visa application form.
  • Proof of name change: If the applicant’s name has changed since birth, please provide a copy of the court order, or original naturalization certificate, or marriage certificate showing the name change.

 

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FEES

Chinese Consulate Visa Fee

Payment Type

US Citizens

Non-US Citizens

Hong Kong Visa for Chinese Citizens

By check*

$140

$30

$30

By credit card

$145

$35

$35

*Please make checks payable to “ARISTA SERVICES”.