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What Documents Do You Need for a Chinese Visa? Essential Checklist

Chinese Visa Application

It can be very exciting if you are planning a trip to China, but the hurdles of the visa application process can feel overwhelming. But do not worry; we have got you covered. Here is a simple and straightforward list of the documents that are essential and required for a Chinese visa as an Australian Citizen.

Basic Documents for All Applicants

  1. Original Passport

First of all, you are going to need your original passport. You must make sure that it has at least six months remaining of being valid and it must also have blank visa pages. You must also include a photocopy of the data page of the passport and the photo page as well.

  1. Visa Application Form

Complete the Visa Application Form online. After that, print out the full form, which is probably eight pages in total. You will also need one original photo that matches the one used in the application, along with the form. You must also remember to bring the completed Confirmation page, which is generated after you complete the online application form.

  1. Passport-Size Photo

A passport sized photo is necessary, it must be recent. You must make sure that it meets the specified requirements, which usually go like this: a clear, color photo with a white background which must be taken within the last six months.

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Additional Documents Based on Your Situation

Based on the specific circumstances of your situation, you might be required to submit additional documents. Here’s a breakdown based on different situations:

If You Are Employed

  • Employer’s Letter: This is a letter from your employer in which your position, salary, and leave of absence for your trip to China is stated.
  • Company Business License: You must provide a copy of your company’s business license if it is applicable.

If You Are Self-Employed

  • Proof of Business Ownership and Income: This might usually include your business registration certificate and income tax return.

If You Are Retired

  • Proof of Pension Income: To show you have a steady income, you must bring a copy of your pension statement.

If You Are a student

  • School Letter: You might have to submit a letter from your school in which the confirmation of your enrollment status and granting of a leave of absence for your trip is mentioned.
  • Student ID Card: You must also include a copy of your student ID card.

If You Are Traveling with Children Under 18

  • Birth Certificate: The child’s birth certificate must be submitted in original and copy.
  • Parents’ Passports: The parents’ passports in original and copy (photo and information pages) must be submitted.
  • Parents’ Australian Visa or Permanent Resident Visa: If it is applicable, you must also include originals and copies of these documents.

Other Important Documents

Hotel Booking Confirmation or Invitation Letter

You will need to submit proof of where you will be staying in China. This can be confirmation of a hotel booking or maybe an invitation letter from the person who is going to host you in China.

Proof of Financial Means

You will have to provide evidence for the fact that you have sufficient funds to support yourself during your stay. This can be in the form of a bank statement or credit card statements.

Special Situations and Additional Tips

Special Visa Types

Depending on what the purpose of your visit is, you may require submitting specific documents:

  • Tourist Visa: This typically requires the basic documents listed above.
  • Business Visa: You might be required to get an invitation letter from a Chinese company or some proof of previous business dealings in China.
  • Student Visa: This usually Requires an admission letter from a Chinese educational institution and maybe, even additional documentation from your current school in Australia.
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Timing is Everything

We recommend applying about a month earlier for your visa before your planned trip. Though, if you apply too early, it might lead to an early expiration of your visa before your trip. While, applying too late might not give you enough time for processing.

Application Centers

If you are an ordinary passport holder in Australia, you should submit your applications to the relevant Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVAS) in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, or Adelaide, depending on your location.

In-Person and Mail Applications

Even Though, it can be submitted in person or by mail, don’t forget that express services are not available for mailed applications, and usually about 10 working days are taken to process them. To ensure that your documents are tracked, always use Express POST or Registered POST from Australia Post.

Final Thoughts

Being prepared with the right documents on time can make the seemingly daunting process much smoother. Keep in mind that the specific documents that you are going to be required to submit can vary based on your situation and the type of visa you’re applying for, so it’s always a good idea to double check for the latest requirements with the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate. For more detailed information, you can visit the Chinese Visa Application Service Center.

If you are in need of more personalized assistance or if you have any questions about the visa process, feel free to contact us. We’re here to help you every step of the way at Visa Bridge. Making sure you receive an experience that is free of any hassle so you can focus on your exciting journey to China.


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