Arthur McDonalds Solicitors has been specialising in many types of China visas, and can assist in dealing with China tourist visas, and China business visas for applicants from all around the country. With regular trips to the Chinese visa centre and Chinese embassy, we ensure that you obtain your necessary travel documents for your trip in whatever timeframe that is required.
Applying for a China visa can be a complicated process, and it is essential that you have the correct documents, fees, and are sending the applications to the correct place. You can either apply for the visa to China by visiting the China visa centre, or to remove any unnecessary trips to London which can incur additional cost and lost time, you can use the services of Arthur McDonalds Solicitors. With pre check services, advice on applications, and information for UK and non-UK passport holders, our Chinese visa specialists are on hand to ensure that the visa is issued with as little hassle as possible.
There are several different parameters to consider when applying for your China visa, which include the time frame, your nationality, and the purpose of your trip. If you are visiting on a tourist visa, then you will need to submit the forms which can be found on our website, and send these along with your passport and 1 passport size photograph. If you are travel within 72 hours, then the China visa centre will grant the visa on a next day service. If flying after this duration, then the average processing time is 4 working days.
If you are applying for a Chinese business visa, then along with the necessary forms, the photograph and passport, you will also be required to obtain a “government authorisation form” from your contacts in China. This will need your time on it.
There are several visa types available; for tourist visas you can obtain a 3 month single entry or 6 month double entry visa. Note that the max permitted stay for each visit is 30 days. If applying for the business visa, then you can apply for a 1 year visa. Note that the government authorisation form does need to indicate this.
Chinese visas fall into four types: diplomatic visa, courtesy visa, service visa and ordinary visa. Ordinary visa is further divided into the following 8 categories each marked with a letter:
(1) Tourist and family visit visa (L-visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for tourist purpose, family visit or other personal affairs.
(2) Business Visa (F-visa ) is issued to a foreign citizen who is invited to China for visit, research, lecture, business, exchanges in the fields of science, technology, education, culture and sports, or attending various kinds of trade fairs or exhibitions, or short-term study, intern practice for a period of less than 6 months.
(3) Student Visa (X-visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for the purpose of study or advanced study for a period of six or more months.
(4) Work Visa (Z-visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China to work and his or her accompanying family members, or to give commercial performances in China.
(5) Transit Visa (G-visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who is to transit through China on his or her way to a third country (or region).
(6) Crew Visa（C-visa）is issued to crew member performing his/her duties on board an international train, or on an international airline, to a sailor on board an international ocean-liner or freighter, and also to their accompanying family members.
(7) Journalist Visa （J-visa）is issued to foreign journalists. J-visa has two categories: J-1 visa and J-2 visa. J-1 visa is issued to resident foreign journalists in China and their accompanying spouses and under-age children, J-2 visa to foreign journalists who visit China for temporary news coverage.
(8) Permanent Residence Visa（D-visa）is issued to a foreign citizen who has been approved by China’s public security authority to reside in China permanently.
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