Q and S Family Visit Chinese Visa

Apply for a Q visa if you are going to visit Chinese family in China. Apply for an S visa if you are visiting relatives who are not Chinese nationals but working or studying in China.

How fast is CVD's service

We measure the time of our service from the time that your fingerprints are taken at the Chinese Visa Centre and documents are submitted to the embassy staff. Taking that as a yardstick, your passport with visa will be ready for collection from our office in the afternoon 2 working days from when fingerprints are given (EXPRESS SERVICE) or 3 working days from when fingerprints are given (STANDARD SERVICE). Please note that the Chinese embassy is closed on 26th and 27th August 2019 and these won't count as part of the time, so allow extra time.

How to apply

  1. Place an order for our service by selecting one of the options below - our prices are inclusive of all embassy fees, Chinese Visa Centre fees, and VAT. We'll send you an email during business hours, shortly thereafter to tell you what you need to do.
  2. Fill out the Chinese Visa Centre's application form online (click here for the online form). Alternatively, complete Chinese Visa Direct's simplified form and we will complete the Centre's form for you (extra charge - add Form Filling Service to your basket and we'll be in touch).
  3. If you have any questions about filling in your form, call us, or email us and we'll assist. Please provide your customer reference number.
  4. If you have completed the form yourself, email to us:
    (i) a copy of the completed form;
    (ii) a copy of your passport photo page;
    (iii) the supporting documents listed below.
    These will allow us to check your form thoroughly. If any changes need to be made, we'll advise and get your consent to make these changes. DO NOT make an appointment with the Centre for fingerprints (see below).
  5. After reviewing your form, and your circumstances, we'll be in touch in relation to next steps - we will let you know if you need to bring additional documents with you when you come to the Centre for fingerprints. Note that only applicants between the ages of 14 and 69 (inclusive) need to give fingerprints.
  6. We'll book an appointment for you and tell you when to turn up at the Chinese Visa Centre with your passport (original) and documents required (per below and per our instruction - please note where originals AND copies are required). Be guided through the process by one of our staff who will meet and greet you at the Chinese Visa Centre. Please note that we may be able to arrange next day appointments (please call us for more details).
  7. We will post or courier back your passport with visa (extra charge - add Royal Mail Special Delivery to your basket or call us if you need a courier) or you can come to our office to collect. Alternatively, you can send us a prepaid Royal Mail Special Delivery envelope and we will get it back to you that way.
  8. Please 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).

Supporting documents for Q visa

The "Q" visa is for visiting relatives who have Chinese passports. The Q visa is split into Q1 and Q2 visas - the Q1 visa is for people who intend to move to China for longer periods whereas Q2 is for visits. Q1 visas therefore are only single entry and need to be converted to residence permit within 30 days of arrival.

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. If you are not applying with an EU passport, evidence of your legal entry into the UK e.g. UK visa

5. If you have been to China before, a photocopy of your last Chinese visa.

6. If you used to have a Chinese passport, please contact us for more information.

7. Invitation letter from the family you are visiting, in Chinese. You will also need to send copies of both sides of your inviter's ID card. See our Blog post about invitation letters. We can also provide a template invitation letter to you upon request once we have received your order.

8. For any child under 18 going to China, the following documentation is now required:
copy birth certificate; copy of passport of the parent who is signing the application form.

9. If you are applying for a Q1 visa, you will also need to bring an original document showing how you are related to the inviting party e.g. marriage certificate.

Remember: when you submit your application online to the Chinese Visa Centre, DO NOT book an appointment for fingerprints - just come along to one of our daily fingerprinting / submission slots - call us for times!

Supporting documents for S visa

This "S" visa is for visiting non Chinese passport holders living in China. The S visa is split into S1 and S2 visas - the S1 visa is for people who intend to move to China for longer periods whereas S2 is for visits. S1 visas therefore are only single entry and need to be converted to residence permit within 30 days of arrival. 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. If you are not applying with an EU passport, evidence of your legal entry into the UK e.g. UK visa

5. If you have been to China before, a photocopy of your last Chinese visa.

6. Invitation letter from the family member you are visiting. You will need to send a photocopy of the inviter's passport and Chinese residence permit. See our Blog post about invitation letters. We can also provide a template invitation letter to you upon request once we have received your order.

7. For any child under 18 going to China, the following documentation is now required:
copy birth certificate; copy of passport of the parent who signed the application.

8. Original document showing how you are related to the inviter e.g. marriage certificate, plus one copy. If you are applying for an S1 visa, the original will also need to be legalised (we can help with the legalisation or you will have to sign an acknowledgment document (we will provide the relevant form)).

9. If you are applying for a S1 visa, the inviter's Chinese resident visa must have more than 6 months' validity at the time of your application.

Remember: when you submit your application online to the Chinese Visa Centre, DO NOT book an appointment for fingerprints - just come along to one of our daily fingerprinting / submission slots - call us for times!

Fees

Chinese Visa Fees

PLEASE NOTE THAT EFFECTIVE 4th NOVEMBER 2020, THE CHINESE VISA SERVICE CENTRE AND CHINESE EMBASSY WILL TEMPORARILY NOT BE ISSUING CHINA VISAS DUE TO CORONAVIRUS RESTRICTIONS.

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