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China Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Email Requirements
A valid passport and visa are required for business travel to China.
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Passport Requirements:
Original passport and one photocopy of information page. The passport must be signed, valid for 6 months beyond stay in China and with at least one blank visa page available for the Chinese visa. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for China visa stamps.
New York and Washington DC: At least two blank visa pages are required.
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Chinese Visa Application Form:
One original China visa application plus one copy.
The application form must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS. Every question must be answered (please answer NONE if the question does not apply to you). Improperly completed Chinese visa application forms may delay the processing of your Chinese visa.
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Photo Requirements:
One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
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Other Forms:
Houston: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form. A brief job and company description for each applicant on a separate piece of paper is also necessary. The descriptions do not have to be on a company letterhead.
Los Angeles: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form.
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Official Invitation from China:
An official invitation/visa approval notification issued by the appropriate government agency and provided by host/sponsor in China, or a letter of invitation on company letterhead from the host company in China.

A letter of invitation must provide specific information, must be signed by an appropriate representative of the inviting organization and must be stamped with the company seal.

The Letter of Invitation from China must include the following:
- Name, gender, nationality, and date of birth and passport number of the applicant
- Full name of employer and applicant's job title (US Company)
- Purpose of visit (what kind of business)
- What city and province the applicant plans to visit
- Dates of entrance and exit from China
- Specific validity of visa being requested (single, double, multiple entries, 3 month, 6 month, etc)
- Information about the relationship between the Chinese and US companies
- Who will provide financial support in China for the duration of stay
- Full name of the company in China which invited applicant
- Full name, job title, address, phone and fax numbers of the contact at company (in China)
- Signature of the inviting contact (in China) and company stamp
Consular Officers may call the inviting host to verify information on the invitation and the visa application. Due to time zone differences, from the San Francisco Consulate this call may take place between 4am to 8am in China. Therefore a cell phone number may be the only way for the Consular Officer to reach the inviting person and it is important the call is expected.
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Business Letter:
Letter from US based employer or sponsoring company, which MUST be on company letterhead, and MUST introduce the applicant, indicate the applicant's employment status/position held in the company, and clearly state the purpose of visit to China. The business letter must also indicate who will be financially responsible for the applicant, provide detailed contact information in host country, and specify the number of entries (single, double or multiple) and visa validity (3 month, 6 month, 1 year, etc) being requested.

To generate a Chinese Business Cover Letter on-line, fill out this Business Letter Form and print the completed letter on your company letterhead.
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Special Instructions:
Applicants of Chinese origin (born in China) must include a copy of a previous Chinese visa or their last original Chinese passport. Make sure the Chinese Name field is completed on the Chinese visa application form in Chinese characters.

Houston, New York and San Francisco: Applicants who have previously traveled to China must provide a copy of the previous Chinese visa. If the visa was issued to a previous passport, a photocopy of the canceled passport's information page must also be included.
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Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
China Visa Validity:
Chinese visas are generally issued for 3 months, 6 months or 12 months from the date of issue and allow single, double or multiple entries according to visa application request and supporting documents. Length of stay is usually up to 30 days, but longer stays can be issued at the discretion of the Chinese Consular officer.
New York jurisdiction: Multiple entry visas are only issued at the discretion of the Chinese Consulate, to applicants with a passport valid for no less than 18 months beyond stay in China, and who provide a copy of a previous Chinese visa. Applicants who have not held a previous Chinese visa or who do not have sufficient validity on their passport can request a single or double entry visa.
Chinese Visa Processing Time:
Chinese visa applications are usually processed in 4 to 5 business days. Rush 24 hour visa and Emergency same day visa service is available in most locations for additional fees. Please visit our Chinese Consular Fees and Visa Options link for details.
Notice: Consular Officers may contact the Chinese host to verify information on the letter of invitation. Visa processing may be delayed if the Consulate is unable to reach the inviting organization.
Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in China

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

China Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Email Requirements
A valid passport and visa are required for tourist travel to China.
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Passport Requirements:
Original passport and one photocopy of information page. The passport must be signed, valid for 6 months beyond stay in China and with at least one blank visa page available for the Chinese visa. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for China visa stamps.

New York and Washington DC: At least two blank visa pages are required.
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Chinese Visa Application Form:
One original China visa application plus one copy.
The application form must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS. Every question must be answered (please answer NONE if the question does not apply to you). Improperly completed Chinese visa application forms may delay the processing of your Chinese visa.
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Photo Requirements:
One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
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Other Forms:
Houston: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form. A brief job and company description for each applicant on a separate piece of paper is also necessary. The descriptions do not have to be on a company letterhead.
Los Angeles: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form.
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Official Invitation from China:
A photocopy of the roundtrip airline ticket and hotel reservation may be submitted instead of the official invitation from China.
- OR -
An Invitation Letter for Tourist Group or Invitation Letter for Tourist by a Duly Authorized Tourism Unit, or 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. If the invitation letter is from a Non-Chinese citizen, a copy of their status in China is required.

A letter of invitation must explain the relationship between the host and the applicant and must include detailed information about the applicant, including full name, gender, date of birth, and passport number. The letter must also state the purpose of visit, where the applicant will stay, and the date of arrival and departure from China. The letter must indicate who will be responsible for the cost of the applicant’s accommodations in China and information about the inviting host: name of the unit or individual, phone number, address, and if applicable, seal and signature of the legal representative. Chicago and Los Angeles: When the inviting host is a non-Chinese citizen they are required to provide proof of their status in China as well as a copy of the information section of their passport.
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Proof Of Departure:
Computer generated flight itinerary from the airline or travel agency or copy of airline tickets showing round trip travel to China or onward flight.

New York: Itinerary must show the round trip itinerary starting from the home country (USA or Canada) to China and returning to the home country. It must show paid in full, or the payment receipt must be attached.
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Hotel Confirmation:
An "Official" Invitation may be submitted instead of confirmed reservations.
- OR -
A copy of confirmed hotel and/or cruise reservation(s). If staying in various hotels, please provide copies of each reservation.

New York: Hotel reservation, tour itinerary or cruise itinerary must show paid in full, or payment receipt must be attached. The applicant's name must be listed on their hotel reservation.

San Francisco: Hotel confirmation is not required.
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Minors:
A child (under 18) may be asked to provide a copy of their birth certificate and a photocopy of parents’ passports. In some locations, this is always required. If the parent does not have a passport, then a parental letter of authorization may be accepted instead.

Chicago: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports for minors under 18.
Houston: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports may be requested for minors under 18.
Los Angeles: A copy of the birth certificate for all minors under 13. If a minor under 18 is traveling with someone other than a parent or legal guardian, a copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports is required.
New York: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports for minors under 18.
San Francisco: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports may be requested for minors under 18.
Washington DC: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports may be requested for minors under 18.
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Special Instructions:
Applicants of Chinese origin (born in China) must include a copy of a previous Chinese visa or their last original Chinese passport. Make sure the Chinese Name field is completed on the Chinese visa application form in Chinese characters.

Houston, New York and San Francisco: Applicants who have previously traveled to China must provide a copy of the previous Chinese visa. If the visa was issued to a previous passport, a photocopy of the canceled passport's information page must also be included.
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Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
China Visa Validity:
Chinese visas are usually issued for 3 months, 6 months or 12 months from the date of issue and allow single, double or multiple entries according to visa application request and supporting documents. Length of stay is generally up to 30 days, but longer stays can be issued at the discretion of the Chinese Consular officer.

New York: Multiple entry visas are only issued at the discretion of the Chinese Consulate, to applicants with a passport valid for no less than 18 months beyond stay in China, and who provide a copy of a previous Chinese visa. Applicants who have not held a previous Chinese visa or who do not have sufficient validity on their passport can request a single or double entry visa.
Chinese Visa Processing Time:
Chinese visa applications are usually processed in 4 to 5 business days. Rush 24 hour visa and Emergency same day visa service is available in most locations for additional fees. Please visit our Chinese Consular Fees and Visa Options link for details.
Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in China

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

China Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Email Requirements
A Chinese transit visa may be required to transit through China. Factors include length of stay, the transit airport, and if the traveler intends to pass through immigration. Please contact the travel agent or airline directly with questions about the itinerary.
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Passport Requirements:
Original passport and one photocopy of information page. The passport must be signed, valid for 6 months beyond stay in China and with at least one blank visa page available for the Chinese visa. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for China visa stamps.
New York and Washington DC: At least two blank visa pages are required.
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Chinese Visa Application Form:
One original China visa application plus one copy.
The application form must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS. Every question must be answered (please answer NONE if the question does not apply to you). Improperly completed Chinese visa application forms may delay the processing of your Chinese visa.
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Photo Requirements:
One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
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Other Forms:
Houston: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form. A brief job and company description for each applicant on a separate piece of paper is also necessary. The descriptions do not have to be on a company letterhead.
Los Angeles: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form.
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Minors:
A child (under 18) may be asked to provide a copy of their birth certificate and a photocopy of parents’ passports. In some locations, this is always required. If the parent does not have a passport, then a parental letter of authorization may be accepted instead.

Chicago: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports for minors under 18.
Houston: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports may be requested for minors under 18.
Los Angeles: A copy of the birth certificate for all minors under 13. If a minor under 18 is traveling with someone other than a parent or legal guardian, a copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports is required.
New York: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports for minors under 18.
San Francisco: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports may be requested for minors under 18.
Washington DC: A copy of the birth certificate and copy of parents' passports may be requested for minors under 18.
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Other Requirements:
Valid onward destination visas (if applicable).
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Special Instructions:
Applicants of Chinese origin (born in China) must include a copy of a previous Chinese visa or their last original Chinese passport. Make sure the Chinese Name field is completed on the Chinese visa application form in Chinese characters.

New York and San Francisco: Applicants who have previously traveled to China must provide a copy of the previous Chinese visa. If the visa was issued to a previous passport, a photocopy of the canceled passport's information page must also be included.
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Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
China Visa Validity:
Chinese transit visas are generally issued for single or double entry with a stay permitted between 1 to 10 business days.
Chinese Visa Processing Time:
Chinese visa applications are usually processed in 4 to 5 business days. Rush 24 hour visa and Emergency same day visa service is available in most locations for additional fees. Please visit our Chinese Consular Fees and Visa Options link for details.
Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in China

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

China Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Email Requirements
A Chinese student visa is required for enrollment in a study course in China.

A Chinese student (X1) visa is typically issued for long-term study (more than 180 days) in China.
A Chinese student (X2) visa is typically issued for short-term study short-term study (less than 180 days) in China.
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Passport Requirements:
Original passport and one photocopy of information page. The passport must be signed, valid for 6 months beyond stay in China and with at least one blank visa page available for the Chinese visa. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for China visa stamps.
New York and Washington DC: At least two blank visa pages are required.
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Chinese Visa Application Form:
One original China visa application plus one copy.
The application form must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS. Every question must be answered (please answer NONE if the question does not apply to you). Improperly completed Chinese visa application forms may delay the processing of your Chinese visa.

In addition, complete and sign the Supplementary Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China.

If applying in New York: the Chinese Consulate in New York requires the New York Supplementary Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China, with every question typed in CAPITAL LETTERS (including NONE or N/A if appropriate).
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Photo Requirements:
One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
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Other Forms:
Houston: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form. A brief job and company description for each applicant on a separate piece of paper is also necessary. The descriptions do not have to be on a company letterhead.
Los Angeles: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form.
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Official Invitation from China:
For short term study in China, the original and one photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or educational institution in China.

For long term study in China, the original and one copy of an approved Foreign Student Application Form (JW101 or JW202) issued by the Chinese unit, and an enrollment letter from the Chinese school.
Note: The JW202 must be signed by the student on the bottom right of the form in blue ink.
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Medical Requirements:
San Francisco Jurisdiction: Applications for a stay in China of 6 months or more must include a Physical Examination Certificate for Foreign Citizens.
Washington DC Jurisdiction: Applications for a stay in China of 6 months or more must include a Physical Examination Certificate for Foreign Citizens.
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Special Instructions:
Applicants of Chinese origin (born in China) must include a copy of a previous Chinese visa or their last original Chinese passport. Make sure the Chinese Name field is completed on the Chinese visa application form in Chinese characters.

Houston, New York and San Francisco: Applicants who have previously traveled to China must provide a copy of the previous Chinese visa. If the visa was issued to a previous passport, a photocopy of the canceled passport's information page must also be included.
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Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
China Visa Validity:
Most Chinese student visas are issued for a single entry, valid for three months from the date of issue. The student must register this visa at the local public security department in China within thirty days of arrival in China. The student can extend the period of stay (based on enrollment letter) or request re-entry permission through this office. In some cases, a double or multiple entry visa may be issued, usually for a maximum stay 90 days per visit. Please refer to the jurisdiction information below and the China Consular Fee and Visa Options link for more information.
Chinese Visa Processing Time:
Chinese visa applications are usually processed in 4 to 5 business days. Rush 24 hour visa and Emergency same day visa service is available in most locations for additional fees. Please visit our Chinese Consular Fees and Visa Options link for details.
Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in China

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

China Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Email Requirements
A valid passport and Chinese visa are required to travel to China.
1
Passport Requirements:
Original passport and one photocopy of information page. The passport must be signed, valid for 6 months beyond stay in China and with at least one blank visa page available for the Chinese visa. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for China visa stamps.
New York and Washington DC: At least two blank visa pages are required.
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Chinese Visa Application Form:
One original China visa application plus one copy.
The application form must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS. Every question must be answered (please answer NONE if the question does not apply to you). Improperly completed Chinese visa application forms may delay the processing of your Chinese visa.
3
Photo Requirements:
One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
4
Other Forms:
Houston: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form. A brief job and company description for each applicant on a separate piece of paper is also necessary. The descriptions do not have to be on a company letterhead.
Los Angeles: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form.
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Business Letter:
Letter from employer (i.e. airline) or sponsoring company, on company letterhead, introducing the applicant, indicating the applicant's employment status/position held in the company, employee number, and clearly stating that the applicant requires a visa as a crew member. Applicants requesting a multiple entry visa to China must provide a letter stating the need for a multiple entry visa and the dates of future travel to the country.

To generate a Chinese Business Cover Letter on-line, fill out this Business Letter Form and print the completed letter on your company letterhead.
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Proof Of Departure:
San Francisco Jurisdiction: A travel itinerary or detailed letter explaining the itinerary is required.
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Other Requirements:
Photocopy of employee/crew ID. Applicants within Los Angeles jurisdiction must submit original crew ID. If unable to submit original crew ID a copy of the crew ID along with an original letter, on company letterhead, explaining why the original crew ID can not be submitted.
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Special Instructions:
Applicants of Chinese origin (born in China) must include a copy of a previous Chinese visa or their last original Chinese passport. Make sure the Chinese Name field is completed on the Chinese visa application form in Chinese characters.

Houston, New York and San Francisco: Applicants who have previously traveled to China must provide a copy of the previous Chinese visa. If the visa was issued to a previous passport, a photocopy of the canceled passport's information page must also be included.
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Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
China Visa Validity:
The Embassy of China will only issue a two year multiple entry "C" type visa to crew members of large commercial airlines such as Northwest, United, Continental, American, FedEx, UPS, Polar Air Cargo and Delta. Crew members of other airlines may be issued a 6 months single/double entry Chinese crew visa or a 6 months/1 year multiple entry Chinese crew visa at the discretion of the Chinese Consulate.
Chinese Visa Processing Time:
Chinese visa applications are usually processed in 4 to 5 business days. Rush 24 hour visa and Emergency same day visa service is available in most locations for additional fees. Please visit our Chinese Consular Fees and Visa Options link for details.
Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in China

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

China Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Email Requirements
A valid passport and Chinese visa are required for employment in China.
1
Passport Requirements:
Original passport and one photocopy of information page. The passport must be signed, valid for 6 months beyond stay in China and with at least one blank visa page available for the Chinese visa. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for China visa stamps.
New York and Washington DC: At least two blank visa pages are required.
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Chinese Visa Application Form:
One original China visa application plus one copy.
The application form must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS. Every question must be answered (please answer NONE if the question does not apply to you). Improperly completed Chinese visa application forms may delay the processing of your Chinese visa.

One original signed Supplementary Visa Application Form.

New York jurisdiction: The Chinese Consulate in New York requires the New York visa application form and the New York Supplementary Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China. Every question must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS (including NONE or N/A if appropriate).
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Photo Requirements:
One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
4
Other Forms:
Houston: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form. A brief job and company description for each applicant on a separate piece of paper is also necessary. The descriptions do not have to be on a company letterhead.
Los Angeles: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form.
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Official Invitation from China:
Original and one photocopy of the Work Permit for Aliens issued by the Chinese Labor Ministry or the original and one photocopy of the Foreign Expert's License issued by the Chinese Foreign Expert Bureau.

Visa Notification issued by an authorized Chinese unit (usually the Foreign Affairs Office of the local government) on or after January 1st, 2011. Accompanying family members must submit a visa notification issued by the authorized Chinese unit or proof of kinship, e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.
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Special Instructions:
Applicants of Chinese origin (born in China) must include a copy of a previous Chinese visa or their last original Chinese passport. Make sure the Chinese Name field is completed on the Chinese visa application form in Chinese characters.

Houston, New York and San Francisco: Applicants who have previously traveled to China must provide a copy of the previous Chinese visa. If the visa was issued to a previous passport, a photocopy of the canceled passport's information page must also be included.
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Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
China Visa Validity:
A China work visa (Z Type) is generally valid for three months from date of issuance and allows one entry into the country. The holder of a Chinese (Z) visa shall go through residential formalities in the local public security department within thirty days of entry into China.
Chinese Visa Processing Time:
Chinese visa applications are usually processed in 4 to 5 business days. Rush 24 hour visa and Emergency same day visa service is available in most locations for additional fees. Please visit our Chinese Consular Fees and Visa Options link for details.
Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in China

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

China Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Email Requirements
A valid passport and Chinese visa are required to teach in China.
1
Passport Requirements:
Original passport and one photocopy of information page. The passport must be signed, valid for 6 months beyond stay in China and with at least one blank visa page available for the Chinese visa. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for China visa stamps.
New York and Washington DC: At least two blank visa pages are required.
2
Chinese Visa Application Form:
One original China visa application plus one copy.
The application form must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS. Every question must be answered (please answer NONE if the question does not apply to you). Improperly completed Chinese visa application forms may delay the processing of your Chinese visa.

One original signed Supplementary Visa Application Form.

New York jurisdiction: The Chinese Consulate in New York requires the New York visa application form and the New York Supplementary Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China. Every question must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS (including NONE or N/A if appropriate).
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Photo Requirements:
One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
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Other Forms:
Houston: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form. A brief job and company description for each applicant on a separate piece of paper is also necessary. The descriptions do not have to be on a company letterhead.
Los Angeles: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form.
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Official Invitation from China:
Original and one photocopy of the Work Permit for Aliens issued by the Chinese Labor Ministry or the original and one photocopy of the Foreign Expert's License issued by the Chinese Foreign Expert Bureau.

Visa Notification issued by an authorized Chinese unit (usually the Foreign Affairs Office of the local government). Accompanying family members must submit a visa notification issued by the authorized Chinese unit or proof of kinship, e.g. marriage certificate, birth certificate, etc.
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Special Instructions:
Applicants of Chinese origin (born in China) must include a copy of a previous Chinese visa or their last original Chinese passport. Make sure the Chinese Name field is completed on the Chinese visa application form in Chinese characters.

Houston, New York and San Francisco: Applicants who have previously traveled to China must provide a copy of the previous Chinese visa. If the visa was issued to a previous passport, a photocopy of the canceled passport's information page must also be included.
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Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
China Visa Validity:
Applicants traveling to China for "Teaching" purposes will be issued a China work visa (Z Type) valid for three months from date of issuance and allowing one entry into the country. The holder of a Chinese (Z) visa shall go through residential formalities in the local public security department within thirty days of entry into China.
Chinese Visa Processing Time:
Chinese visa applications are usually processed in 4 to 5 business days. Rush 24 hour visa and Emergency same day visa service is available in most locations for additional fees. Please visit our Chinese Consular Fees and Visa Options link for details.
Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in China

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

China Visa Instructions
Visa Application Requirements for US citizens

Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Email Requirements
A valid passport and Chinese visa are required for diplomatic and official travel to China.
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Passport Requirements:
Original passport and one photocopy of information page. The passport must be signed, valid for 6 months beyond stay in China and with at least one blank visa page available for the Chinese visa. Amendment pages in the back of the passport are not suitable for China visa stamps.
New York and Washington DC: At least two blank visa pages are required.
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Chinese Visa Application Form:
One original China visa application plus one copy.
The application form must be typed in CAPITAL LETTERS. Every question must be answered (please answer NONE if the question does not apply to you). Improperly completed Chinese visa application forms may delay the processing of your Chinese visa.
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Photo Requirements:
One recent 2 x 2 passport type photograph, in color, front view and with a plain/white background.

OR - you can upload a passport photo to the Global Service Order Form when you place your order, instead of providing physical passport photos.
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Other Forms:
Houston: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form. A brief job and company description for each applicant on a separate piece of paper is also necessary. The descriptions do not have to be on a company letterhead.
Los Angeles: Proof of Residential Address; clear photocopy of state issued ID (Driver License or ID). The address must match the address on the Chinese visa application form.
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Official Invitation from China:
Letter of invitation (Visa Notification Letter) issued by the Chinese Provincial Government. The invitation must have the Chinese Municipal seal on it. Please note the following specifications for each jurisdiction:
Chicago and Washington, DC: A copy of the invitation is acceptable. An original is not necessary.
Los Angeles, New York, and San Francisco: The letter of invitation must be original. Copies are not accepted.
Houston: A colored scanned copy is acceptable. Otherwise an original is required.
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Other Requirements:
Official Letter of Support from the US Department of State.
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Special Instructions:
Applicants of Chinese origin (born in China) must include a copy of a previous Chinese visa or their last original Chinese passport. Make sure the Chinese Name field is completed on the Chinese visa application form in Chinese characters.

Houston, New York and San Francisco: Applicants who have previously traveled to China must provide a copy of the previous Chinese visa. If the visa was issued to a previous passport, a photocopy of the canceled passport's information page must also be included.
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Global Service Order Form:
This is Travisa's service order form, where you will provide your contact and shipping information, choose the visa processing needed and make your payment. You must print the completed form and send it to Travisa with all other supporting documents.
China Visa Validity:
Chinese Diplomatic and Official visa validity is based on the supporting documentation, at the discretion of the Chinese Consulate.
Chinese Visa Processing Time:
Chinese visa applications are usually processed in 4 to 5 business days. Rush 24 hour visa and Emergency same day visa service is available in most locations for additional fees. Please visit our Chinese Consular Fees and Visa Options link for details.
Visa Pre-Check - Have an urgent visa application with a tight deadline?

Travisa Document Pre-Check Service can save valuable time and reduce stress. Use Travisa Document Pre-Check service to avoid mistakes or delays. Experienced Travisa visa specialists will review and check your scanned documents to confirm that your application is ready to be filed, and will alert you if there is information that needs to be corrected.
Click here to register your trip with the US Embassy in China

The US State Department strongly encourages American citizens planning international travel to register with the US Embassy(s) in the countries they plan to visit. (Learn more).

In order to ensure that visa applications for most embassies/consulates are submitted on the day that we receive them, they should be shipped to us via FedEx Priority Overnight (not First Overnight or Standard Overnight).

Non-refundable tickets or reservations should not be purchased until all visas and passports are secured and in your possession.

China Visa Application Procedures

  1. Review instructions based on the purpose of journey to China
  2. Complete, print and sign all visa application forms, including Travisa's Global Service Order Form
  3. Send all of the visa application requirements listed above to Travisa.

    China Visa Applications can be processed in the following location(s):
Residents of these states:
Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, and Wisconsin. *Exception: citizens of certain Schengen countries must apply in person.
Send documents to:
Travisa - Chicago
120 S. State Street, Unit 3
Chicago, IL 60603
Tel: (312) 332-1161
Tel: (800) 766-0608
Residents of these states:
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and Texas. *Exception: French citizens must apply in person.
Send documents to:
Travisa - Houston
2700 Post Oak Blvd, Ste 1430
Houston, TX 77056
Tel: (713) 961-3500
Residents of these states:
Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, New Mexico, and Pacific Islands. *Exception: French citizens must apply in person.
Send documents to:
Travisa - Los Angeles
6222 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 210
Los Angeles, CA 90048
Tel: (323) 932-7300
Residents of these states:
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Vermont. *Exception: French citizens must apply in person.
Send documents to:
Travisa - New York
290 5th Avenue, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001
Tel: (212) 613-2223
Residents of these states:
Alaska, Northern California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington. *Exception: French citizens must apply in person.
Send documents to:
Travisa - San Francisco
220 Montgomery Street, Suite 991
San Francisco, CA 94104
Tel: (415) 837-0771
Tel: (800) 421-5468
Residents of these states:
Washington, DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.
Send documents to:
Travisa - Washington, DC
1731 21st. St. NW
Washington, DC 20009
Tel: (202) 463-6166