Family Visit Visa

*** Personal appearance at Chinese Embassy may be required for fingerprinting. Please call for details.

Regular service fee per visa:


Family discount:second passport visa fee



Please gather, prepare, and send the following documents

1. Your Passport

You must send your actual passport, which must have at least 8 months of validity remaining and at least two blank visa pages.
Note: The last three pages on the US passport are amendment and endorsement pages. They cannot be used for visa stamp. If your passport doesn't meet the requirement, please renew your passport or call us for help .
If you are ethnically Chinese, a minor, or a non-US citizen, you must also meet these Special Requirements.

Special Chinese Visa Requirements

  • *If you were born in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong or Macau, you must fill in your Chinese name, in Chinese characters, on the Visa Application Form

  • *First time applicants who were born in China must submit original Chinese passport.

  • *First time applicants who were born in Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau must submit a photocopy of their previous passport.

  • *American born children of Chinese descent under the age of 18 must provide copy of birth certificate and copy of parents' passports and green cards when
    applying for the first time or when applying for 24-month visa.

  • *Children under the age of 18 must provide copy of birth certificate and copies of both parents' passports (main info. page only). For those applying with the
    Los Angeles consulate, the original birth certificate is required for all first-time applicants under 18 years of age.

  • *Non-US passport holders must have valid long term US visa (B1/B2 visas are not accepted) or green card to apply for a Chinese visa in the US.
    You must send the ACTUAL green card when applying at our Los Angeles and San Francisco offices, or a photocopy of it when applying in all other offices.
    For Chicago applicants the green card copy must be notarized. Multiple entry visas are not available to non-US passport holders in all offices.

  • *Citizens of certain countries, such as France, Turkey, Nigeria, etc., are required to apply in person at the Chinese Embassy/Consulates.
    The list can change without notice.

2. Photocopy of Passport

You must provide a CLEAR copy of the information page of your passport in addition to your original passport.

3. China Visa Application Form

Click here to download application form, which must be completely filled, signed and dated. One form per applicant. Do not leave any areas blank but instead write "N/A" if you don't have answer to a question, or if the question does not apply to you.

4. Photograph

Attention applicant: the Chinese embassy has issued strict requirements for passport photos. Your application will not be accepted if these requirements are not met.

One passport type photo, with a white background, taken by a professional passport photo service, such as Walgreens, CVS, CostCo, or Kinko's, etc.

5. Proof of Residency (for Los Angeles Consulate only)

Applicants residing in Arizona, Southern California, Hawaii, and New Mexico must provide a copy of their driver's license or state issued ID card. Under-aged applicants who do not have a Driver's License can submit parent's driver's license instead, along with a copy of the birth certificate.

6. Supporting Documents

You must provide one of the following documents for a tourist travel visa to China.

  • *Photocopy of round-trip airline reservation AND hotel reservation(if you don't have flight reservation either hotel reservation , please let us know ,
    we can help );OR

  • *Invitation Letter for Tourist Group issued by a Duly Authorized Tourism Unit; OR

  • *Invitation Letter issued by an individual. For letters from individuals, a photocopy of the inviter's Chinese ID(both front and back side photocopy)
    card is required. For a non-Chinese *inviter, please include copy of their passport (main info. page) and China resident permit.

Invitation letter issued by companies, corporations, institutions or individuals in China shall include the following items:

  • *Personal information of applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.

  • *Information concerning applicant’s visit: purpose of visit, date of arrival and departure, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter,
    and who will bear the cost of the applicant’s accommodations in China.

  • *Information of inviter: name of the unit or individual, phone number, address, and if applicable, seal and signature of the legal representative.

You can click here for a Sample Invitation Letter. Invitation letter can be submitted as a photocopy. However, original invitation and/or personal interview may be requested at visa officer’s discretion.

Important Reminder: The Chinese Embassy and Consulates randomly checks the authenticity of applicants’ invitation letters by contacting the inviting party in China. When that happens, your China visa application will be delayed, or denied if the letter is not authentic.

7.Copy of your last Chinese visa, if any. If the applicant were born in China mainland, Hong Kong and Taiwan, the copy of old Chinese visa is a HAVE-TO

8.For Non-US Citizens: the copy of your green card OR your working permit in US, I-20, valid US visa or other legal documents

9. Additional Form for Visa Applicants (For Houston Consulate only)
Applicants residing within AL, AR, FL, GA, LA, OK, MS, Puerto Rico, and TX who are currently employed in the USA must complete the “Additional Form for Visa Applicants”. Please download and complete this form. This is only required from applicants who are employed AND reside within those states mentioned above.

10. Our Order Form

Click here to apply online for your China tourist visa and follow the steps to fill out the China Visa Service Center order form. You will receive payment and mailing instructions when completing the form. After submitting your order, the system will indicate where to mail your materials.