Adjustment of Visa Application

The Chinese Visa and Passport Office recently released the 2013 edition of the “Visa Application Form of the People’s Republic of China.” The new form has been posted at the website of the Chinese Consulate here.

The new application form must be completed online and then printed out on letter-sized paper for submission. Incomplete forms, hand-written or altered forms are not accepted.

As of September 1, 2013, the visa application requirements of the People’s Republic of China have been adjusted. To ensure smooth submission of a visa application, please click here to check visa application requirements and get all necessary paper work before submitting your application.

Under the new Regulations, an “R” visa, designed to attract foreign talent, has been added into the new system. The current business visa, the “F” visa, will now be issued to visitors coming to China for non-commercial official visits; an “M” visa has been added for business and trade purposes. Tourists will still apply for an “L” visa, while overseas Chinese holding foreign passports may obtain a new “Q” visa for home visits, with which they may be granted a longer stay than ordinary tourists. To learn more about Chinese visa and updated visa types, please go to

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