Do not type in all lower case. Although the form says to type in capital letters, it is OK to use sentence case (first letter in capital) for better readability.
1.1 Please fill in your name as in your passport and separate your last name, middle name and first name.
1.2 Please fill in your Chinese name, if you were born in China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan. None is OK for most people. However it must be provided, if your birth place is China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan.
1.3 Please fill in your other name such as maiden, religious, professional, aliases names if applicable. None is OK for most people.
1.4 Please select your gender.
1.5 Please fill in the your date of birth. Format is: yyyy-mm-dd. For example: 1950-01-15.
1.6 Please fill in your current nationality as in your passport such as USA. For people has dual nationality, you need to use US passport to apply in the US.
1.7 Please fill in your former nationality if applicable. None is OK for most people.
1.8 Please fill in the your birth place including city, province/state and country).
1.9 Please fill in your driver's license number or student ID number. None is OK. Do not use social security number.
1.10 Please select the type of your passport with which you are applying for the visa. Most People should check "Ordinary". Note: if you use other than ordinary passport such as official passport, please call us first.
1.11 Please fill in the your passport number with which you are applying for the visa.
1.12 Please fill in the date of issue of your passport.
1.13 Please fill the place of issue of your passport. Note: that is what under "Authority" in your passport. You may also simply put down " USA". If your passport was issued overseas, you need to indicate the country where it was issued. For example: US Embassy, Germany.
1.14 Please fill in the expiration date of your passport.
1.15 Please select your current occupation(s). If your occupation(s) are not listed above, please check Other and specify the details. If you are self-employed, please specify the nature of your business next to Other section. If you are a photographer, writer, government official, parliament member, military personnel, religious personnel, staff of media or entertainer, please call us first.
1.16 Please select your highest education level you have received.
1.17 Please fill in your employer or school information in the US. Try not to use abbreviations, unless your company is well known such as IBM. We suggest you to spell out the employer name. If you are currently unemployed, please provide your previous US employer or school information and mark it as previous. If you are self-employed, please state the nature of your business after business name. If your are retired, please type in "None (Retired)" in employer name. If you are housewife, please type in "None (Housewife)" in employer name. For infant, please type in "None (infant)". Home schooling is OK, please state so in in employer name section.
1.18 - 1.20 Please fill in your home street address and contact phone in the US. Do not use address outside of the US. It must not be blank or PO Box address, either.
1.21 Please fill in your contact email address.
1.22 Please select your marital status.
1.23 Please fill in the details of your major family members including your spouse, parents and children. This section should not be blank. If you are married, spouse information is mandatory. If you are not married, parents passed away and have no child, please state so in this section. Uncles, aunts, friends are not considered as major family member for visa application.
1.24 Please fill in name, phone and relationship of contact person in case of emergency.
1.25 Please fill in the country you are in when applying for China visa. Of course, it should be USA.
2.1 Please select the purposes of your visit(s) to China. If your purpose(s) to China are not listed above, please check other and specify the details.
2.2 Please select the number of entries you intended to make with this visa. There are options such as 1 entry, 2 entries, multiple entry within 6 months or 12 months etc. Some visa type such as Z, X1, S1, Q1 are only issued with single entry, F visa is usually be given as single or double entry, while L, M, S2, Q2 are likely to be granted for multiple entry. Multiple entry visa is usually not given to Non-US passport holder. Please note decision to grant multiple entries lies with the Consulate. You do not always get what you request for, it is not a mistake.
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2.4 The date of your first entry into China. Approximate date is fine.
2.5 Please fill in the longest possible days you intend to stay in China. Please note duration of stay granted is decided by Chinese Consulate. Duration of Stay allowed is normally 30 - 60 days. If you intend to stay longer, please call us for options. You do not always get what you request for, it is not a mistake.
2.6 Please provide date(s) and corresponding address(s) to stay while you are in China. Complete with city and address, not just hotel name. The information provided here should match your hotel confirmation or invitation.
2.7 Please answer who will pay for your visit(s) to China such as yourself, employer, inviter or etc.
2.8 Please fill in the details about your inviter in China. The information provided here should match your invitation. If you are going for tourism purpose and there is no inviter, it is OK to type in "None".
2.9 If you have obtained China visa before, please specify date, place of the last visa obtained. Otherwise, please type in "No".
3.0 If you have visited other countries or territories in the past 12 months, please provide name of countries or territories visited. Otherwise, please type in "No".
3.1 If you have ever overstayed your visa of residence permit in China, please select YES. Otherwise, please select No.
3.2 If you have ever been refused a visa for China or been refused entry into China, please select YES. Otherwise, please select No.
3.3 If you have any criminal record in China or other country, please select YES. Otherwise, please select No.
3.4 If you are suffering from any of the diseases specified, please select YES. Otherwise, please select No.
3.5 If you have visited any country or territories affected by infectious diseases in the last 30 days, please select YES. Otherwise, please select No.
3.6 If you select YES to any questions from 3.1 to 3.5, please give details and submit relevant official documentation, e.g. punishment decision on overstay in China issued by Chinese public security bureau, final court judgment with details on the crime, diagnosis certificate issued by a hospital, doctor's advice on long distance travel, etc. Note: If your answer is "YES" to any question from 3.1 to 3.5, your chances of getting the China visa is significantly decreased. Refund may not be available.
3.7 If you have more information relevant to your application to declare , please specify the details. Or simply put "NONE" there.
3.8 This question is not appropriate for US passport holder or most US residents, simply type in "None" there.
Please note that all applicants should sign the application form even if the form is completed by another person. In case of application for minor, parent or guardian should complete and sign in both section 4 and section 5.
If the application form was prepared by someone other than the applicant such as parent for child, the preparer should complete and sign this section.
Quick link to the China Visa Application Form V2013 (current as of 2015)