Instructions on China Visa Application >> Family Visa (Long Term)
China Visa Application Requirements - Family Visa (Q1)
China Q1 visa is designed for Chinese descendants or foreigners who are spouses of Chinese citizens. Issued to those who are immediate family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purpose of foster care. Q1 visa is not guaranteed, interview may be required. Chinese Consulate may issue you a Q2 visa instead at their discretion. In order to apply for China Q1 Visa, please prepare your application according to the detail requirement explained below.
Please prepare all required items below accordingly:
1 Actual passport, plus a photocopy of the name page
Passport should have sufficient validity left. Minimum 6 months validity beyond travel date is required for single entry visa, 12 months validity is required for multiple entry. If you need passport services, please visit our expedited passport services section.
Visa will be issued in the passport. Passport must have at least 2 blank visa pages. The last 3 pages in US passports are amendment pages, reserved by the US Department of State for amendment to the passport. They won't be acceptable for visas. If your passport has no blank visa pages left, you must renew your passport first. Please visit our expedited passport services section, if passport service is needed.
If you have a valid China visa in another passport, you will need to submit that passport together with the new passport when applying for a new visa. A photocopy of that visa and passport is also required.
Non-US passport holders must provide a notarized photocopy of the proof of legal stay or residence status in the US, such as Green Card or a valid long term US residence visa.
2 Proof of Residence
A photocopy of the driver's license or major utility bill with your name and address is required.
Remarks: Do not click the "Confirm and Next " button at the end of the application form until it is finalized. Any further updates may not be saved properly after you click this button.
Please email us the Application ID and passport number for a pre-check before confirming and submission.
Error in uploading the photo is usually due to the background of the photo not white enough.
The Surname, Given Name MUST match exactly as shown in your passport's bio page. Given name is your first name + middle name as appear in your passport.
Gender, Date of birth, Nationality, Passport number, etc. must be exactly the same as shown in your passport.
All entries in the form must be filled in truthfully, accurately, and completely. Any mistakes or omissions will cause the visa application to be rejected.
* For Work Experience: position, duty, must be filled out completely. If your work experience is more than 5 years, at least 5 years of that should be provided.
* For Education: Please put down the highest education you have received.
* Spouse's address must be the current address including street, city, state, country.
* Entries that are "NOT APPLICABLE" need a statement to back up, and must be explained in detail.
Please print out and submit only single-sided pages of the application, not back to back.
You need be in the US when you are applying for the Chinese Visa in the US.
Please complete the form by hand and sign it.
8 Photocopy of Your Previous Chinese Visa
If you had multiple Chinese visa, please make a copy of your last one. If the visa is in a different passport, a photocopy of that passport's bio page is also needed.
If you have a valid China visa in another passport, you will need to submit that passport together with the new passport when applying for a new visa. A photocopy of that visa and passport is also required for pre-check.
If you had a multiple-entry 10 years Chinese visa which is not expired and you would like to quest for another multiple entry visa. Please complete and sign the Consent Form.
9 An invitation letter from a Chinese citizen who lives in China
The invitation letter must be issued by a Chinese citizen who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:
Inviting person's name, gender, date of birth, Chinese ID number (or foreign passport number, Chinese permanent residence card number), current address in China, contact phone number and email.
Include this phrase "I hereby invite the following relatives to visit China for a short-term visit (or long-term residence only for Q1/S1 visa). He/She plans to go to China on XX, and stay in China for XX days".
Invitee information: name, gender, date of birth, nationality, passport number, and the relationship with the inviter.
Inviter's signature and date.
Proof of the inviting person's identity such as photocopy of inviting person's Chinese Identity card's (Shenfengzhen) both sides (or foreign passport, Chinese permanent residence card).
Minors applying for Q1 while invitation party is not parent will be treated as foster, the following documents are required:
Foster entrustment notarization issued by Chinese Embassies/Consulates General in foreign countries or Foster Care Power of Attorney notarized and authenticated in the country of residence or in China
Original and photocopy of the consignor's passport(s), as well as the original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) notarized and authenticated certification showing the relationship between parents or guardians and children.
A letter of consent on foster care issued by the trustee living in China who has agreed to provide foster care services and a photocopy of the ID of the trustee.
A photocopy of the certificate indicating the permanent residence status abroad of the parent(s) when the child was born, provided that either or both parents of the child are Chinese citizens.
Additional documents may be required at Chinese Consulate's discretion on case by case scenario.
10 Proof of kinship
Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual.
"Direct family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
A Additional requirement based on jurisdiction
Although the requirement for Chinese visa largely remains the same across different Chinese Consulates, there are some special rules pertaining to each different Consulate. Click here to see if there is additional requirement for your jurisdiction.
B Additional requirement for minor applicant
Applicants of age 18 and under need to provide a photocopy of their birth certificate and both parents' passport name page.
One of the parents must sign the application form using parent's name in both section 4 and 5.
Minor applicant is required to provide a notarized letter of consent from the parent, if that parent is not applying for the visa at the same time.
Please email us at: email@example.com a scanned copy of all items listed above in separate PDF files for a pre-check.
Once the pre-check is completed, we will notify you to confirm and submit the COVA form online. You may then mail in the application, detailed mailing instruction will be emailed to you.
Important: Please read the instruction carefully and prepare your application accordingly. Only application request prepared according to the instructions will be responded quickly.