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When to apply

We suggest you submit your visa application a month before your planned trip to China. If you apply for the visa too early, the visa may have expired when you need to use it. If you apply for the visa too late, you may not have enough time to get the visa.

If you have submitted all documents required, it normally takes 3 business days (it varies case by case).

Where to apply

You can apply for a visa at a Chinese Embassy or Consulate General.

Holders of a British passport are exempt from a visa to visit Hong Kong.

What type of VISA should I apply?

X1 Visa: Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.

X2 Visa: Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.

How to prepare the application materials

1. Basic Documents

  • Visa Application Form and Photo

    One fully completed Visa Application Form with one recently- taken color photo (bare head, full face) against a light background attached.

  • Passport

    Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and more than 2 blank visa pages. A photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate are also required.

  • Applicants other than South Africans must provide the original and photocopy of your permanent residence permit or other temporary residence permits valid for over 6 months beyond the date of your intended date of arriving in China.

  • If you were a Chinese citizen and have obtained South African citizenship, when applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport and a photocopy of its data page. When applying for a Chinese visa with a renewed South African passport that does not contain any previous Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport’s data page and the previous Chinese visa page. (If the name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)

2. Supporting Documents

  • X1 Visa

    (1) Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or other entities in China.

    (2) Original and photocopy of "Visa Application for Study in China" (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

    We kindly remind you that:

    Holders of X1, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply for foreigners’ residence permits from the exit/entry administrations of local police authority.
  • X2 Visa

    Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.


  • Regular Service

    Visas can be obtained on the third business day.

    Number of Entry & Validity

    British Citizens

    U.S. Citizens

    Citizens of Other Countries

    Single Entry for 3 Months




    Double Entries for 6 Months




    Multiple Entries for 6 Months




    Multiple Entries for 12 Months or more




  • Express Service

    An additional visa fee of £15 per visa will be charged. (Please note not all nationalities are eligible for express service.)

  • Service fees of Chinese Visa Application Service Centre

    (1)Standard service: £36 (including VAT)

    (2)Express service: £48 (including VAT)

    (3)Postal service: £54 (including VAT)

    Note: Total visa charge = (visa fees +service fee) * number of persons in the group


Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in London

(1)Office Address: 12 Old Jewry, London, EC2R 8DU

  • Nearest tube station: Bank Station (Centre Line and DLR Line)

  • Nearest train station: Cannon Street Railway Station

  • Bus route: Number 8,23,25(Bank Station Bus Stop)

(2)Business hours:

  • Application Submission: 9a.m - 3p.m (Express Application Submission: 9a.m-12p.m)

  • Payment and Passport Collection: 9a.m – 4p.m

    Please note: The Collection date for the express service will be three working days from submission of applications (e.g. customers applying on Monday will pick up their visas on Wednesday). Applicants requesting express service will be charged an extra visa fee and service fee. Applications for express service must be lodged at the CVASC counter before 12:00 noon Monday to Friday.

  • The Centre is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Tel: +44(0)20 7206 0589

    Fax:+44(0)20 7710 6001


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