Documents for a Chinese visa application Nov.19th,2023 updated)


Document list for a Chinese visa application Nov.20th,2023 updated)


Visa issued before March 28th, 2020 can use it as normal to enter China

The Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Calgary only accepts applications from those who currently reside in AB, SK and NW Territory.


For an Urgent service (humanitarian visa) please Email us first.


The application process and required documents are as follows:

Document you need to know:


1. A Photocopy of Health card

2. For mailing back service, you need to prepare a Canada post Xpresspost envelope.

3. Document can not be shared, each applicant needs to prepare his/her own document.

4. For visa applications handled by Guardian, agancy, friend and etc., it is required to provide the exit stamp from the applicant's most recent departure from China


Application procedures and document
        1.  
A photocopy of health card

2. Visa applications except for Diplomatic and Service Passport Holders and Diplomatic, Service and Courtesy Visas

a. Fill out the visa application form online, print out the confirmation page and full form(8 pages in total), and sign the confirmation page and item 9 of the form.

b. Submit the application in person with materials (Please see Part 2 for material requirements)at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Calgary and retain ten fingerprints. 

*The following applicants can be exempt from fingerprint collection: Applicants under the age of 14 or over 70; Applicants who already had their fingerprints collected within the past five years at the Chinese Visa application center in Calgary with the same passport; Applicants with all fingers un-collectible.

3. Material Requirements except for Diplomatic and Service Passport Holders and Diplomatic, Service and Courtesy Visas

3.1 Passport

Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.

3.2 Visa Application Form and a professional print Photo

One Visa Application Form completed online ( please print-out of the full form, 8 pages in total) with one original photo same as in the application form.

3.3 Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship)

If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

3.4  Original and 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 last original Chinese passport and Two photocopies of your last Chinese passport data page with your current Canaidan passport in the same 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.)


*For applicant under 18 years old and an Adult applicant whos parents were born in China:

1. Photocopy of the applicant’s Birth certificate. (The birth certificate obtains the parents’ names.)

2.  Provide a photocopy of the current valid passport personal information page for both applicants’ parents,

3. Both parents’ legal status in Canada when the applicant was born

3.1.If the parent is holding a Permanent Resident (PR card), please provide a photocopy of the Canadian landing paper or a photocopy of both sides of the PR card (PR card needs to bring an Original ).

3.2.If the parent has been granted Canadian Citizen, please provide a photocopy of the Canadian Citizenship certificate, both sides of the Citizenship card, or a photocopy of the parent’s Canadian passport personal information page which is the issue date earlier than the applicant’s date of birth.


3.5 In addition to the visa documents in 3.1 to3.4 above, the following types of visa documents must be submitted:

Visa

Categories

Description of Visa

Supporting Documents

C

Issued to foreign crew 

membersof means of

international transportation, 

including aircraft, trains and

ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border 

transport activities, or to the 

accompanying family members of the crew members of the 

above-mentioned ships.

Issued to foreign crew members of means of international 

transportation, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor 

vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, or to 

the accompanying family members of the crew members of the

above-mentioned ships.

F

Issued to those who intend to

go to China for exchanges, 

visits, study tours and other 

activities.

An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in 

China.

G

Issued to those who intend to

transit through China.

An onward air (train or ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat

to the destination country or region.

J1

Issued to resident foreign 

journalists of foreign news 

organizations stationed in 

China. The intended duration

of stay in China exceeds 180 

days.

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.

J2

Issued to foreign journalists 

who intend to go to China for 

short-term news coverage.

The intended duration of stay

in China is no more than 180

days.

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.

M

Issued to those who intend to 

go to China for commercial and trade activities.

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.  (with the company's letterhead and stamp)

Q1

Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens 

or of foreigners with Chinese 

permanent residence and 

intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purpose of foster care. The intended 

duration of stay in China 

exceeds 180 days.

"Family members" refers to 

spouses, parents, sons, 

daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, 

grandparents, grandsons, 

granddaughters and parents-in-law. 

(1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign 

citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in 

China.  (An invitation letter can be copied, if you submit an orignial inviation letter, you need to provide the envelope for proofing)

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID front and backside of the inviting individual or foreign 

passport and permanent residence permit.

(3) Original and a 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.

Q2

Issued to those who intend to 

visit their relatives who are 

Chinese citizens residing in 

China or foreigners with 

permanent residence in China. The intended duration of stay

in China is no more than 180 

days.

(1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. (An invitation letter can be copied, if you submit an orignial inviation letter, you need to provide the envelope for proofing)

(2) A photocopy of Chinese ID front and backside or foreign passport andpermanent residence permit of the inviting individual.

*For applicants who born outside of China, Relationship document may required.

*For humanitarian Q2 visa, a copy of the Death Certificate/Critically Ill Notification of the deceased/critical patient in China,  a copy of both sides of his/her Chinese ID card, and a copy of proof of relationship with the applicant are required.


R

 

Issued to those who are high-

level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

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 individualnel with special skills urgently needed by China,

S1

Issued to those who intend to 

go to China to visit the 

foreigners working or studying 

in China to whom they are 

spouses, parents, sons or 

daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law, or to those 

who intend to go to China for 

other private affairs. The 

intended duration of stay in 

China exceeds 180 days.

(1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies)

(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.

S2

Issued to those who intend to 

visit their family members who are foreigners working or 

studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for 

other private matters. The 

intended duration of stay in 

China is 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.

For visiting family members for a short period, the following 

documents are required:

(1)An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies)

(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 relationship 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.

*For humanitarian S2 visa, a copy of the Death Certificate/Critically Ill Notification of the deceased/critical patient in China, a copy of his/her foreign passport, and a copy of proof of relationship with the applicant are required. Adult children can also apply.


X1

Issued to those who intend to 

study in China for a period of 

more than 180 days.

(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).

X2

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of 

no more than 180 days.

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

Z

Issued to those who intend to work in China.

1.“Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit” or the original

“Foreigner's Work Permit”
2. An  invitation letters issued by the employor
(with the company's letterhead and stamp)

L

Issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.

Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by individual in China, a copy of chinese ID front and backside from invitee, and air ticket booking record (round trip) . 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 individual (name, contact telephone number, address,  the inviting individual)

 

Special Reminder

  (1) The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may 

require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter.

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, 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.)

  (2) If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other proof documents or 

supplementary materials, or require an interview with the applicant.

(3)If the material is not in English or Chinese only, it must first be translated into Chinese or English by a qualified translator (e.g. court interpreter) or agency.

(4) The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and 

number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.
     d. We may reuqire document that does not include in the list. 


Canadian Citizen can apply for Multiple Entry Visas to China


Application form:

https://www.visaforchina.cn/#/nav/quickSelection?visacenterCode=YYC2&request_locale=en_US&site_alias=YYC2_EN&isAuthentication=N

Make an appointment online (https://www.visaforchina.cn/#/nav/appointmentForm?use_type=center&visacenterCode=YYC2&request_locale=en_US&site_alias=YYC2_EN&isAuthentication=N

Invitation letter (for Q and S visa only): 

https://www.visaforchina.cn/YYC2_EN/upload/Attach/mrbj/281066.pdf


 


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Documents for a Chinese visa application Nov.19th,2023 updated)


Document list for a Chinese visa application Nov.20th,2023 updated)


Visa issued before March 28th, 2020 can use it as normal to enter China

The Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Calgary only accepts applications from those who currently reside in AB, SK and NW Territory.


For an Urgent service (humanitarian visa) please Email us first.


The application process and required documents are as follows:

Document you need to know:


1. A Photocopy of Health card

2. For mailing back service, you need to prepare a Canada post Xpresspost envelope.

3. Document can not be shared, each applicant needs to prepare his/her own document.

4. For visa applications handled by Guardian, agancy, friend and etc., it is required to provide the exit stamp from the applicant's most recent departure from China


Application procedures and document
        1.  
A photocopy of health card

2. Visa applications except for Diplomatic and Service Passport Holders and Diplomatic, Service and Courtesy Visas

a. Fill out the visa application form online, print out the confirmation page and full form(8 pages in total), and sign the confirmation page and item 9 of the form.

b. Submit the application in person with materials (Please see Part 2 for material requirements)at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Calgary and retain ten fingerprints. 

*The following applicants can be exempt from fingerprint collection: Applicants under the age of 14 or over 70; Applicants who already had their fingerprints collected within the past five years at the Chinese Visa application center in Calgary with the same passport; Applicants with all fingers un-collectible.

3. Material Requirements except for Diplomatic and Service Passport Holders and Diplomatic, Service and Courtesy Visas

3.1 Passport

Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.

3.2 Visa Application Form and a professional print Photo

One Visa Application Form completed online ( please print-out of the full form, 8 pages in total) with one original photo same as in the application form.

3.3 Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship)

If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

3.4  Original and 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 last original Chinese passport and Two photocopies of your last Chinese passport data page with your current Canaidan passport in the same 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.)


*For applicant under 18 years old and an Adult applicant whos parents were born in China:

1. Photocopy of the applicant’s Birth certificate. (The birth certificate obtains the parents’ names.)

2.  Provide a photocopy of the current valid passport personal information page for both applicants’ parents,

3. Both parents’ legal status in Canada when the applicant was born

3.1.If the parent is holding a Permanent Resident (PR card), please provide a photocopy of the Canadian landing paper or a photocopy of both sides of the PR card (PR card needs to bring an Original ).

3.2.If the parent has been granted Canadian Citizen, please provide a photocopy of the Canadian Citizenship certificate, both sides of the Citizenship card, or a photocopy of the parent’s Canadian passport personal information page which is the issue date earlier than the applicant’s date of birth.


3.5 In addition to the visa documents in 3.1 to3.4 above, the following types of visa documents must be submitted:

Visa

Categories

Description of Visa

Supporting Documents

C

Issued to foreign crew 

membersof means of

international transportation, 

including aircraft, trains and

ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border 

transport activities, or to the 

accompanying family members of the crew members of the 

above-mentioned ships.

Issued to foreign crew members of means of international 

transportation, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor 

vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, or to 

the accompanying family members of the crew members of the

above-mentioned ships.

F

Issued to those who intend to

go to China for exchanges, 

visits, study tours and other 

activities.

An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in 

China.

G

Issued to those who intend to

transit through China.

An onward air (train or ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat

to the destination country or region.

J1

Issued to resident foreign 

journalists of foreign news 

organizations stationed in 

China. The intended duration

of stay in China exceeds 180 

days.

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.

J2

Issued to foreign journalists 

who intend to go to China for 

short-term news coverage.

The intended duration of stay

in China is no more than 180

days.

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.

M

Issued to those who intend to 

go to China for commercial and trade activities.

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.  (with the company's letterhead and stamp)

Q1

Issued to those who are family members of Chinese citizens 

or of foreigners with Chinese 

permanent residence and 

intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purpose of foster care. The intended 

duration of stay in China 

exceeds 180 days.

"Family members" refers to 

spouses, parents, sons, 

daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, 

grandparents, grandsons, 

granddaughters and parents-in-law. 

(1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign 

citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in 

China.  (An invitation letter can be copied, if you submit an orignial inviation letter, you need to provide the envelope for proofing)

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID front and backside of the inviting individual or foreign 

passport and permanent residence permit.

(3) Original and a 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.

Q2

Issued to those who intend to 

visit their relatives who are 

Chinese citizens residing in 

China or foreigners with 

permanent residence in China. The intended duration of stay

in China is no more than 180 

days.

(1) An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. (An invitation letter can be copied, if you submit an orignial inviation letter, you need to provide the envelope for proofing)

(2) A photocopy of Chinese ID front and backside or foreign passport andpermanent residence permit of the inviting individual.

*For applicants who born outside of China, Relationship document may required.

*For humanitarian Q2 visa, a copy of the Death Certificate/Critically Ill Notification of the deceased/critical patient in China,  a copy of both sides of his/her Chinese ID card, and a copy of proof of relationship with the applicant are required.


R

 

Issued to those who are high-

level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

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 individualnel with special skills urgently needed by China,

S1

Issued to those who intend to 

go to China to visit the 

foreigners working or studying 

in China to whom they are 

spouses, parents, sons or 

daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law, or to those 

who intend to go to China for 

other private affairs. The 

intended duration of stay in 

China exceeds 180 days.

(1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies)

(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.

S2

Issued to those who intend to 

visit their family members who are foreigners working or 

studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for 

other private matters. The 

intended duration of stay in 

China is 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.

For visiting family members for a short period, the following 

documents are required:

(1)An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies)

(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 relationship 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.

*For humanitarian S2 visa, a copy of the Death Certificate/Critically Ill Notification of the deceased/critical patient in China, a copy of his/her foreign passport, and a copy of proof of relationship with the applicant are required. Adult children can also apply.


X1

Issued to those who intend to 

study in China for a period of 

more than 180 days.

(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).

X2

Issued to those who intend to study in China for a period of 

no more than 180 days.

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

Z

Issued to those who intend to work in China.

1.“Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit” or the original

“Foreigner's Work Permit”
2. An  invitation letters issued by the employor
(with the company's letterhead and stamp)

L

Issued to those who intend to go to China as a tourist.

Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by individual in China, a copy of chinese ID front and backside from invitee, and air ticket booking record (round trip) . 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 individual (name, contact telephone number, address,  the inviting individual)

 

Special Reminder

  (1) The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may 

require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter.

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, 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.)

  (2) If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other proof documents or 

supplementary materials, or require an interview with the applicant.

(3)If the material is not in English or Chinese only, it must first be translated into Chinese or English by a qualified translator (e.g. court interpreter) or agency.

(4) The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and 

number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant.
     d. We may reuqire document that does not include in the list. 


Canadian Citizen can apply for Multiple Entry Visas to China


Application form:

https://www.visaforchina.cn/#/nav/quickSelection?visacenterCode=YYC2&request_locale=en_US&site_alias=YYC2_EN&isAuthentication=N

Make an appointment online (https://www.visaforchina.cn/#/nav/appointmentForm?use_type=center&visacenterCode=YYC2&request_locale=en_US&site_alias=YYC2_EN&isAuthentication=N

Invitation letter (for Q and S visa only): 

https://www.visaforchina.cn/YYC2_EN/upload/Attach/mrbj/281066.pdf