Family Visit Visa

The Family Visit Visa is issued to relatives of Chinese nationals, or, foreign nationals residing in China on a permanent basis. This visa allows for visits of up to 90 consecutive days (in some cases 180-days).

With China re-opening for travelers, we expect a large influx of visa requests. China Visa Service Center strongly recommends beginning your visa request as soon as possible.

Regular service fee per visa:


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You must provide your actual signed passport, including one copy of the personal information page of your passport. Your passport must:
  • Be valid for six months beyond the length of your requested visa (for example, if you are requesting a 12 month visa your passport must be valid for 18 months )
  • Contain at least two blank visa pages for the visa stamp (amendments and endorsement pages cannot be used to fulfill this requirement)
  • Not be frayed, torn, separating, or altered in any other way

If your passport does not meet these requirements, please contact China Visa Service Center at 1-800-799-6560 for further details.


The Chinese Consulate requires a photograph that meets very strict requirements. We strongly recommend that you submit your photograph electronically to China Visa Service Center so we can ensure it meets the stringent characteristics mandated by the Chinese Consulate. Follow to upload your photo.

All electronic photo submissions must be taken within the last six months against an all-white background. It must show a full frontal view of your head, face centered in the middle, the tops of your shoulders, and display a neutral (non-smiling) expression with eyes open, mouth closed, and ears visible. No background light or shadows are permitted. You may not wear eyeglasses, jewelry, or headwear except for religious purposes. Do not wear a white shirt. 

Should you elect to submit an actual photograph then it must meet all of the above criteria and:

  • Be exactly 48 mm tall by 33 mm wide 
  • Be printed on high-quality photo paper
  • Not be affixed to your application, with no evidence of adhesive tape or staples

Note that most passport photo vendors produce photos that are 2 inches by 2 inches and are not acceptable. China Visa Service Center cannot submit applications with incorrectly formatted photographs.

Letter of Invitation

You must provide a letter of invitation from the individual you are visiting. The invitation must:

  • Include your name, gender, and date of birth
  • Provide host's full name, contact information, telephone number, mobile number, address, and signature
  • Include information regarding the relationship between you and your host
  • Detail the purpose of your trip
  • Specify your arrival and departure dates
  • Include the full address of the intended residence
  • Specify who is financially responsible for the trip

Proof of State Residency

You must provide a proof of your current address of residency. The document must either be a copy of the front of your driver's license or government ID, or a utility bill. The document must:

  • Display your name as it appears on your passport
  • Display the current residence address as provided on your visa application

Please note, if you must submit a utility bill the consulate requires electric, gas, or a water bill; phone and cable bills are not accepted.

China Visa Service Center Order Form

Provide the China Visa Service Center Order Form included in this kit.

Visa Application Form

One fully completed and signed visa application form.  The application must:

  • Be completed online
  • Include answers for all required fields
  • List the name of the traveler exactly as it is written in the passport
  • Be printed single-sided
  • Be dated and signed in blue or black ink
  • Be enclosed with all other documents in your visa application kit
  • Have your signature on the declaration confirmation page, as well as in section 9.1A

China Visa Service Center provides a guide to assist you in completing the application. To access the guide follow this link: Application Guide.pdf or type the address into your browser.

Former PRC Nationals or Individuals Born in Chinese Territories

If you are a former PRC passport holder or were born in China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, or Macau:

  • You must write your name in Chinese characters for question 1.2 on the visa application form
  • You must provide a copy of your most recent China visa and a copy of the passport in which the visa was issued
  • If you have never been issued a China visa you must submit your original China passport and a copy of your Green Card, and a copy of your Naturalization Certificate
  • If you were adopted from China you must also include a copy of your adoption papers showing adoptive parents names, name change, and photo with parents (do not include the original papers).  If applicable, include a copy of your naturalization certificate and U.S. birth certificate.

Proof of Kinship

You must provide proof of kinship to the spouse or family member you are visiting in China. You must include one of the following:

  • Original and copy of marriage certificate
  • Original and copy of birth certificate
  • Notarized certification of kinship

Additional Documents

You must provide:

  • A copy of the passport and residence permit of the family member you intend to visit
  • A copy of the Chinese national ID of the family member you intend to visit.

Media Professionals and Religious Professionals

If you are a religious professional, media professional or employed by a media company, even if you are not traveling for business purposes, you must submit both a personal statement and a letter from your employer on company letterhead indicating that you are not traveling on company business and will not be performing any media or religious related work.

Previous Visas

If you have been granted a China visa in the past, you must provide a copy of the most recent issued China visa. If the visa is not located in your current passport, you must submit the original passport containing the previous China visa.

Applicants with Criminal Record

Travelers with a criminal record will be required to appear in person at the consulate in order to provide biometrics.

U.S. Citizens Born in Certain Countries

U.S. citizens born in Afghanistan, Cameroon, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Nigeria, Tunisia, Turkey, or Syria who are currently traveling to China with their American passport may be asked to make a personal appearance in order to apply for a visa to China. China Visa Service Center will submit your request and follow up if the Embassy asks for you to appear in person.

Applicants Under the Age of 18

All minors under the age of 18 traveling to China must:

  • Provide a copy of their birth certificate
  • Provide a copy of both parents' passports or drivers' licenses
  • Provide a copy of the parents' proof of U.S. residency status (if not U.S. citizens)
  • Provide a notarized letter of consent from both parents (if the parents are not accompanying the minor on the trip) that states the child has permission to travel. To access a sample consent letter, follow this link: or type the address into your browser
  • On Page 4 (Part 4) of the application, both parents must sign Part 4 and print the name of the minor
  • On Page 4 (Part 5) of the application, one parent's information must be filled in and that parent must sign Part 5

"Where You Stay" Form

You must provide a completed and signed "Where You Stay" form included in this kit.

Military Statement

If you have ever served in the military, are in active military duty, are on the reserves or retired from military, the Chinese Consulate request you to complete the DECLARATION OF ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE template form included in the kit.
The dates on this DECLARATION OF ACTIVE MILITARY SERVICE form must match the dates on your application form for questions #8.8 and #8.12. The military information including dates of service must also be included in the Employment History section (3.2) of your application even thought this section only requires 5 year work history.

Urgent Applications

If you have an urgent visa application that carries a tight deadline, China Visa Service Center can help you to save valuable time and avoid expensive delays. A China Visa Service Center expert will review all of your documents to certify your application is accurate, complete and ready for submission. We will contact you personally to quickly handle any mistakes ensuring your application is submitted correctly. Visit to learn more about this service.
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Consular Fee

Service Fee

Processing Time




8 Business Days




4 Business Days

  • Processing time means the time it takes for the Chinese Consulate to process your visa. Please allow extra time for shipping and handling.

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