Instructions on China Visa Application >> Private Visa (Short Term)
China Visa Application Requirements - Private Visa (S2)
China S2 visa is Issued to those who intend to visit their immediate family members who are non-Chinese (such as US citizen, etc.) working or studying in China. In order to apply for China S2 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.
The Surname, Given Name you fill MUST match exactly as shown in your passport's bio page. Check your passport before fill them in.
Gender, Date of birth, Nationality, Passport number, etc. must be exactly the same as the passport bio page.
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 10 years, at least 10 years of that should be provided.
* For Education: Both College and High school information should be provided. College Diploma/Degree, Major must be filled out completely.
* Spouse's address, Parents address must be the current address of where they are staying, must be COMPLETE 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 an immediate family member in China
An invitation letter from an immediate family member working or studying in China. A foreigner holding a long term work and study visa with residence permit in China is qualified as an inviter for visa application. The invitation letter should contain:
Personal information of the applicant: name, passport number, gender, date of birth, etc.
Information concerning the applicant's visit to China: purpose of the visit, date of arrival and leaving, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter and who will bear the cost of the applicant's accommodations in China.
Information of the inviter: name of the individual, phone number, address and signature of the inviter.
Invitation letter should be signed by the inviter and can be submitted as a photocopy by scan & email or fax in most cases. However, original invitation
might be requested at visa officer's discretion.
Please refer to the link below for sample invitation letters: Sample
private invitation letter for L, Q or S visa
10 Identity of the inviter
A photocopy of the inviter's passport, together with a photocopy of inviter's China visa and the China residence permit sticker inside passport is required. Click for China residence permit sample.
11 Proof of kinship
Photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between the applicant and the inviting individual.
Please email us the service request confirmation number once submitted.
We will email you a invoice for the payment.
You may pay service fee by credit card online. Credit card payment is subject to 3.6% surcharge.
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
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 may be 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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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.