Journalist Visas - J Visas
Single entry - max stay dependent upon circumstances.
The J1 visa is for correspondents who are based in China. J1 visa applicants usually get a visa which allows stays over 180 days.
The J2 visa is for visiting correspondents who are, for example, entering China to cover a story.
Always bear in mind that the type of visa and length granted for each stay is always at the discretion of the Chinese Embassy, which will grant you the visa they deem is most appropriate as determined by all the circumstances (especially the documentation in hand).
Look at our PRICING page to see how much each costs.
NB If you pay by cheque, we will wait for the cheque to clear before we send your passport back (usually 5 - 7 working days)
Select the type of visa you want to find out about:
This "J" visa is for journalists. To get your application going, you will need:
1. Passport plus a photocopy of the photo page in addition - passport must have two blank pages and 6 months remianing validity.
2. Digital photo (to be uploaded to the Chinese Visa Centre application form) - there are specific requirements for photos - click here for more information - if the requirements (per the link) are not met, the application may be refused.
3. If you have not opted for our form filling service, email us a copy of the submitted application form for us to check and correct any errors.
4. Relevant fee (click here to see prices)
5. A copy of your permanent residence or work permit for the UK if you are not applying with an EU passport.
If you have been to China before, a photocopy of your last Chinese visa.
7. If you used to have a Chinese passport, and now have a foreign passport,
and if it is the first time you are applying for a visa, you need to send an original / copy of the Chinese passport plus a photocopy of the data page of the passport. If you have had previous Chinese visas but they are in an old passport, you need to send us an original / copy of the Chinese passport and a photocopy of the data page, the photo page, and of the previous Chinese Visas.
8. An official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works
9. You must contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy, or the relevant press authorities in China in advance and complete the required approval formalities.
Remember: when you submit your application online to the Chinese Visa Centre, DON'T book an appointment for fingerprints - just use our daily fingerprinting / submission slots!
Not using CVD to get your Chinese visa could be an expensive time consuming mistake. Here's what you need to be careful if you DIY without CVD:
- If you make any mistakes on your application form, you won't find out straight away. You will find out at your fingerprint appointment and be turned away and you will have to start the process again.
- You might not be able to get a convenient date for fingerprinting if you DIY, whereas with CVD, you can take advantage of one of our daily submission / fingerprinting slots - our experienced staff will meet you there and assist you through the process.
- You'll spend time waiting around the Chinese Visa Centre, despite having an appointment.
- The Chinese Visa Centre do not return passports on their Express service so you will have to come yet again to the centre to pick up your passport
AVOID THE PROBLEMS ABOVE BY CLICKING BELOW TO GET YOUR VISA THROUGH CVD
Don't forget that we offer pick up and delivery by courier.
Call us on 0207 436 9156 for a quote or email us on email@example.com.