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Visa Center is a non-government body which allows for Visa applicants to apply for Visa through localized offices in Toronto, Markham, Calgary and Vancouver. No waiting in lines at Embassy and Consulate | Visa Applications are always up to date | Requirements for visa are current; Expedited Service gets you fast visa | Low service fees start at $24 for some applications  

CHINA Visa Service Pricing

EXPEDITED Appointments available for those with urgent needs

3 daysturnaround 1 daysturnaround
Multiple entry, all visa types valid up to 10 years with max 60 days stay $ 99.98
(+TAX $13.00)
or $ 119.98
(+TAX $15.60)
*Applicants with other than Canadian passports receive different China visa types. Above prices include Visa Center fee only. Processing time indicated is the time required by Visa Center only. Visa stamping fee must be paid by applicant at the time of fingerprinting at the Chinese Consular facility and depends on the chosen processing timing, passport type, etc.




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China Visa Requirements

  • Chinese Embassy and consulates in Canada oblige all visa applicants ages 14 to 70 (inclusive) to submit fingerprints at their facilities in Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver. From now in addition to its regular service Visa Center provides convenience of fingerprint collection appointments after we receive your application file. 

     

    HOW TO APPLY FOR CHINA VISA

    Email us at info @ visacenter.ca, courier or bring to one of our offices the following documents:

    1. Filled out new China Visa Application Form:
    - To fill the form by hand or on computer, click on the link HERE -> https://www.visacenter.ca/pdfdocs/new-china-visa-application-form-fillable.pdf.
    2. Copy of the main page of your passport.
    3. One color photo (No scarfs, head wear or any kind of jewelry and earrings are allowed)
    4. Visa support documents:
    - for tourism: flight and hotel reservation. Get them HERE - WWW.FLIGHTBOOKINGFORVISA.COM
    - for business: invitation letter from Chinese company.
    - for family/friend visit: Invitation letter from inviting party and copy of the inviter's Chinese ID, back and front.

    After getting your China visa application file materials we will:

    - check and ensure that there are no errors and omissions on your application form and it fits into the strict framework of Chinese consular prerequisites.
    - check and ensure that your photo is up to high standards of China consulate requirements.
    - check and ensure that your visa support documents contain all must-haves to satisfy China visa officer at the consulate.
    - submit your China visa application information to Chinese consulate and arrange date and time for you to come to submit your fingerprints.
    - provide you with appointment ticket and properly prepared application form for you to attend fingerprinting and application procedure.

    HELPFUL OPTIONAL SERVICES

    - if you are below 14 or more than 70 years of age we can submit the application for you and pick it up for additional fee of CAD49.98 (+tx) per application.
    - full support at the Chinese consulate facility: our representative will meet you at the facility and guide you through the maze of the submission process. Then he picks your passport with stamped visa for you and you pick it up at our office. Our fee: CAD89.98+hst/per person.

    More detailed information on required documents


    Basic Documents:
    - Actual valid passport must be submitted at the time of fingerprinting. (Valid at least for 8 months from the date of submission for visa & min. 2 empty pages)
    Note: Clients submitting to our Vancouver office must present their old passport in original if the current one has issue date after Jan. 01, 2015.

    - One color photo. (Photo facility is available on-site - TORONTO, MARKHAM & VANCOUVER). Please note that photos from photo booth or home-shot photos are not acceptable.  No scarfs, head wear or any kind of jewelry and earrings are allowed.   If you are not visiting our office and prefer to courier your documents you must have your photos done in accordance with the following specifications: Size: 48x33 mm; the photo must be taken within 6 months, with full face, front view, against white background and has a time stamp with address of photo studio at the back (Full China visa photo requirements are available here).


    - HAND FILLED and signed CHINA VISA APPLICATION FORM (https://www.visacenter.ca/getpdf/c/china_visa_application.pdf)(Note: When filling out the form put your Driver's License number or Citizenship card number, or Health card number in item 1.6B.)



    - Non-Canadian applicants must provide the original of the document confirming their current resident status in Canada (PR Card, Landed Document, Work Permit). There is no expedited visa processing for non-Canadian passport holders.
    - In case the name on the national passport has a different spelling than on the resident document, official Name Change Certificate is required.

    - Former Chinese & Hong Kong citizens, as well as all those born in China & Hong Kong are required to provide:
    Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to foreign citizens those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship). If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport held and a photocopy of its data page. If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.)
    NOTE: Persons WITH DUAL citizenship, ONE of which IS Canadian, must apply WITH their Canadian passports only. Applicants WITH other THAN Canadian passports must provide the ORIGINAL of the document confirming their current resident STATUS IN Canada (PR Card, Landed Document, WORK Permit). 

    Toronto Specific requirements: Applicants of the Chinese descent - 1)Those who have been born in Canada  must present: a) Original of long form birth certificate.b) Both parents' passport and citizenship card(originals) to proof their nationality in the year the applicant has been born. 2)Those who has been born in China  must present: a) Original of birth certificate. b) Both parents' passport and citizenship card (originals) to proof their nationality in the year the applicant has been born or applicant's PR card or landed documents(originals)

    Vancouver Specific requirements: Applicants with passports from India and African countries (except South Africa) applying in Vancouver require to present bank statement.

    Additional documents are required for different visa types - SEE BELOW:

  • L VISA - TOURIST VISA - Issued to those who are going to travel to China for tourism or visit friends and classmates, who are not close family members.
    Required additional documents:

    Flight and hotel reservation (if you do not have them, get it HERE - https://www.flightbookingforvisa.com). For cruise passengers - cruise reservation. In other cases: an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China.The invitation letter should contain:
    (1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    (2) Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.)
    (3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual, Chinese ID copy (front and back) of the inviting individual.
  • Q1 VISA -FAMILY VISA - Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with permanent residence status in China and intend to go to China for a long-term family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purposes of foster care (intended duration of stay in China exceeding 180 days).
    "Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
    Required additional documents:
    For family reunion, the following documents are required:
    (1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:
    a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    b) Information on the visit ( purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, number of intended entries into China, arrival and departure dates, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures)
    c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.)
    Click here for suggested official sample form of the letter of invitation.
    (2) Photocopy of Chinese ID of the inviting individual or foreign passport and permanent residence permit.
    (3) Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual.
    "Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
    For foster care, the following documents are required:
    (1)Foster entrustment notarization issued by Chinese Embassies/Consulates General in foreign countries or Foster Care Power of Attorney notarized and authenticated in the country of residence or in China
    (2)Original and photocopy of the consignor's passport(s), as well as the original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) notarized and authenticated certification showing the relationship between parents or guardians and children.
    (3) A letter of consent on foster care issued by the trustee living in China who has agreed to provide foster care services and a photocopy of the ID of the trustee.
    (4) A photocopy of the certificate indicating the permanent residence status abroad of the parent(s) when the child was born, provided that either or both parents of the child are Chinese citizens.
    Holders of Q1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

    Q2 VISA - FAMILY VISA - Issued to those who intend to visit relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence status in China; the intended duration of stay is limited to no more than 180 days.
    Required additional documents:
    (1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain:
    a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, number of intended entries into China, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures)
    c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact number, address, signature etc.)
    Click here for suggested official sample form of the letter of invitation.
    (2) Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual.
  • S1 VISA - VISITING RELATIVES VISA - Issued to relatives of foreigners working or studying in China (having study or work permit, but do not have permanent residence status in China) for the purpose of long-term visit, or to those who intend to visit China for other private reasons (intended duration of stay exceeding 180 days).
    “Relatives” refer to spouses, parents, sons or daughters and parents-in-law.
    Required additional documents:
    (1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:
    a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, number of intended entries into China, arrival and departure dates, place of intended residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)
    c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)
    Click here for suggested official sample form of the letter of invitation.
    (2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's passport and residence permit
    (3)Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of immediate family members between applicants and inviting individual.
    "Immediate family members " refers to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18, parents-in-law.
    Holders of S1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.


    S2 VISA - VISITING RELATIVES VISA - Issued to those wishing to visit family members that are foreigners working or studying in China (having study or work permit, but do not have permanent residence status in China), or to those who intend to go to China for other private reasons. The intended duration of stay in China is limited to no more than 180 days. "Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
    Required additional documents:
    (1)An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains:
    a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)
    b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, number of intended entries into China, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.)
    c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.)
    Click here for suggested official sample form of the letter of invitation.
    (2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's (a foreigner who stays or lives in China for work or studies) passport and residence permit
    (3) 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.
    "Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
    For private affairs, documentation identifying the nature of the private affairs should be provided as required by the consular officer.
  • G VISA - TRANSIT VISA - Issued to those who are going to transit through China en route to a third country (or region).
    Required additional documents:
    An onward air (train or ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region.
  • C VISA - CREW VISA - Issued to foreign crew members of aircraft, trains and ships, motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, and also to the accompanying family members of the above-mentioned ships’ crew members.
    Required additional documents: 
    A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China.


  • X1 VISA - STUDENT VISA
    - Issued to those intending to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.
    Required additional documents:
    (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).
    Holders of X1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

    X2 VISA - STUDENT VISA - Issued to those intending to study in China for a period of not more than 180 days.
    Required additional documents:
    Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.
  • R VISA - INTRODUCED TALENT VISA - Issued to those who are high-level qualified talents or whose skills are urgently needed by China.
    Required additional documents:
    The applicant should submit relevant certification in accordance with relevant regulations, and meet the relevant requirements of the competent authorities of the Chinese government on high-level talents and individual with special skills urgently needed by China.
  • J1 JOURNALIST VISA - Issued to resident foreign journalists/media staff of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.
    Required additional documents:
    Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works
    Applicants should contact Inter-government Relations and Press Office of the Consulate General in advance and complete relevant formalities.
    Holders of J1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

    J2 JOURNALIST VISA
    - Issued to foreign journalists/media staff on temporary news coverage missions. The intended duration of stay in China is limited to no more than 180 days.
    Required additional documents:
    Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China or other authorized units in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.
    Applicants should contact Inter-government Relations and Press Office of the Consulate General in advance and complete the required formalities.
  • D VISA - PERMANENT RESIDENT VISA - Issued to those who are going to reside in China permanently.
    Required additional documents:
    The original and photocopy of the Confirmation Form for Foreigners Permanent Residence Status issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China.
    Holders of D Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.
  • NOTE: For child visa original birth certificate (long form) is required.
    Holders of official passports must personally apply at the Chinese Embassy.

    Applicants with passports of African countries as well as passports of Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran must present the invitation letters in original.
    Applications of the passport holders of Iran, Nigeria and Pakistan will take longer time than indicated.

China Business Visa Requirements (additionally to the requirements above)

  • F VISA - EXCHANGES, VISITS, STUDY TOURS AND OTHER ACTIVITY VISA - Issued to those who are invited to China for non-profit cultural and academic exchanges, conference attendance, study tours, compete in non-commercial games and other activities.

    Required additional documents:
    An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain: (1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.) (2) Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.) (3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual).

    M VISA - COMMERCE AND TRADE VISA - Issued to those who are invited to China for commercial and trade activities (visiting clients, suppliers, visiting company branch or headquarters, handle corporate related business).
    Required additional documents:
    (1) Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation or other invitation letters issued by relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain:
    a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.).
    b) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, number of intended entries into China,  arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures).
    c) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual).
    To qualify for Multiple Entry Business visa applicant must have completed two entries into China within the last 24 months or have previously expired multiple entry visa in last 12 months and invitation letter should explicitly state that multiple visa is required.

  • Z VISA - WORK VISA - Issued to those who intend to work in China (those taking up a post or employment, or giving commercial performances in China)
    Required additional documents:
    One of the following documents:
    (1) Foreigners Employment Permit of the People's Republic of China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
    (2) Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
    (3) Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries(regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration, as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities as well as Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Chinese entities.
    (4) An approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs or Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Entity or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by relevant Foreign Affairs Office of provincial governments of China.
    (5)Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in China issued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation;
    Holders of Z Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organs under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.
  • For a single, double or multiple entry business (F) visa, an invitation letter on the letter-head or an invitation card from the relevant Chinese government department, or local government (county or town level and above), or Chinese companies, or business enterprises, or government institutions is required. Note, that email correspondence is not considered as invitation.
    For the sample of how business visa invitation letter from the company should look like, click here .



Still have questions?

Most popular questions:

Q: Where can I find fillable PDF China visa application form?

You may use this link - http://www.visacenter.ca/china_visa_application_fillable.pdf , to get fillable China visa application form in PDF format. You have to right-click on the link, choose 'Save Link As' from the items of the menu and save it to your computer (may be to the Desktop). Then go to the Desktop and open the file to fill it. After filling print it, sign it and send/bring us together with other documents, required for your visa type.

Q: Where can I get a visa to China in Toronto?

You may apply for China visa in Toronto, ON at the following address:

Visa Center

Goodlife Tower 1000 Finch Avenue West
Suite 900, North York, ON
M3J 2V5

(take elevator to floor 9)

Hours of operation: Mon. to Fri. from 8 am to 6 pm. Sat: by appointment.

Major Intersection: NW corner of Finch Av. W. & Dufferin St.

For more information including visa to China application form, requirements, fees and processing timings please visit: http://china.visacenter.ca 

Q: Where can I get a visa to China in Kelowna, BC?

To get China visa being in Kelowna you need to send all required documents as per http://china.visacenter.ca to our Vancouver office for processing.

The address of Visa Center in Vancouver is:

Visa Center

550 West Broadway, Suite 730, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 0E9

phone: 1-604-484-1925

Q: I am going to China as a tourist. Do I need to provide airline and hotel booking?

Yes, it is part of the requirements to obtain tourist visa to China. The complete list of the requirements is available here: http://china.visacenter.ca

 

Q: What photo should I attach to my China visa application form?

One color photo. (Photo facility is available on-site - TORONTO, OTTAWA, MARKHAM & VANCOUVER). Please note that photos from photo booth or home-shot photos are not acceptable.  If you are not visiting our office and prefer to courier your documents you must have your photos done in accordance with the following specifications: Size: 48x33 mm; the photo must be taken within 6 months, with full face, front view, against white background and has a time stamp with address of photo studio at the back. 



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Application center locations

Toronto

1000 Finch Ave. W. Suite 900, North York, ON
M3J 2V5

+1.866.334.0811

Markham

3601 HWY 7 East, Suite 1005, Markham, ON
L3R 0M3

+1.866.334.0811

Calgary

400 5th Avenue SW, Suite 300, Calgary, AB
T2P 0L6

+1.866.334.0811

Vancouver

550 West Broadway Suite 730, Vancouver, BC
V5Z 0E9

+1.866.334.0811