China Embassy in U.S.A.

 Visa Application Form of PRC
  Detail Procedure for Application 
   (How to Apply - Processing Time - Visa Fees - Pick-up, etc)
  For Children Born in USA with Chinese Descent Going to China

Ambassador: Mr. Cui Tiankai
Minister: Ms. Wu Xi 
Address: 3505 International Place, NW, Washington, D.C. 20008, USA
Tel: +1-202-4952266
Fax: +1-202-4952138
Email:  chinaembpress_us@mfa.gov.cn
Website: http://us.china-embassy.org/eng/

Consular Office of Chinese Embassy in U.S.A.

Address: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, NW, Suite 110, Washington, D.C. 20007, USA
Automated Voice System: +1-202-3386688
Telephone Consulting Service: +1-202-3371956
Fax: +1-202-5889760
Email: chinavisadc@gmail.com
Office Hours: 09:30-12:30, 13:30-15:00, Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Consular Districts of the Embassy/Consulates in U.S.A

Embassy/Consulate Consular Jurisdiction
Embassy of PRC in Washington DC Washington DC, Delaware, Idaho, Kentucky, Maryland, Montana, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, Virginia, West Virginia,Wyoming
Consulate General of PRC in Chicago Colorado, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan Minnesota, Missouri, Wisconsin
Consulate General of PRC in Houston Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas, Puerto Rico
Consulate General of PRC in New York Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont
Consulate General of PRC in Los Angeles Arizona, Hawaii, New Mexico, Southern California, Pacific Islands
Consulate General of PRC in San Francisco Alaska, Nevada, Northern California, Oregon, Washington

Major Visa Types & Requirements


Tourist (L) It is issued to those who comes for tourism. Group L is available for tourists who travel on a group basis.
Business (M) It is issued to those who intend to go there for commercial and trade activities.
Noncommercial Visit (F) It is issued to those who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other activities.
Employment/Work (Z) It is issued to an alien who comes for a post, employment, or commercial performance.
Student (X)

It is issued to foreigners who go to study in China.
X1 is issued to those who intend to stay for a period of more than 180 days, while X2 is issued to those who intend to stay for a period of no more than 180 days.

Family Reunion (Q) It is 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 there for the purpose of foster care.
Q1 grants a stay of more than 180 days, while Q2 allows a stay of no more than 180 days.
Private Visit (S) it is issued to family members of foreigners with work Z and student X in China or visit for other private affairs.
S1 is for immediate family members, and S2 is for all family members including spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.
Transit (G)

It is issued to a foreign citizen who is to transit through China on his or her way to a third country (or region).

Talent (R) It is issued to aliens who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.
Hong Kong SAR & Macao SAR Visa 1. American citizens are exempt from Hong Kong Visa if they go to Hong Kong for visit or sightseeing and they stay at Hong Kong for not more than 90 days.
2. American citizens are exempt from Macao Visa for up to 30 days.

How to Apply -- Processing Time -- Visa Fees -- Pick-up

10-year China Visa for US Citizens

As of late 2014, the Chinese Embassy in the USA began to accept 10-year multiple-entry (L / M / Q2 / S2 type) and 5-year multiple entry (X1 type) visa applications. The required documents for the above-mentioned entry permits are basically the same as before. However, applicants please note that the remaining validity of passport should not be less than one year. Each allowed stay duration of ten-year L / M type shall be 60 days, 90 days for the S2 type, and 120 days for the Q2 type. The stay of Q2 type can be 180 days at most upon the applicant’s reasonable request. If the applicant gets a new passport but has a valid Chinese entry permit on the old passport, he or she can travel with both passports provided that the personal details on both papers are exactly consistent. The fee for a 10-year entry permit is 140 dollars.

2020 Holiday Schedule of the Embassy in Washington D.C. 

To observe the public holidays of PRC and the United States, the consular office will be closed on the following festivals in 2020.

Festivals Date Day
New Year's Day January 1 Wednesday
Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr January 20 Monday
Chinese New Year January 27 & 28 Monday & Tuesday
Qingming Festival April 6 Monday
Labor Day May 1 Friday
US Memorial Day May 25 Monday
Independence Day July 3 Friday
US Labor Day September 7 Monday
Mid-Autumn Festival & Chinese National Day October 1 & 2 Thursday & Friday
Thanksgiving Day November 26 & 27 Thursday & Friday
Christmas Day December 25 Friday

 Please contact Embassy of U.S.A. in PRC if Americans are in problems there.

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- Last modified on Dec. 17, 2019 -
Questions & Answers on China Embassy in U.S.A.
Asked by Jerry Lee Smith from UNITED STATES | Jan. 27, 2020 07:39Reply
Corona virus
How do I connect with a central government in China about the Coronavirus I'm 76 years old my name is Jerry Schmidt I live in Las Vegas Nevada my phone number is area code 702-417-6933 I have a cure for the coronavirus and I'm not kidding somebody needs to call me ASAP
Asked by Norris Lee from USA | Jan. 26, 2020 16:46Reply
Can I apply for a visa in Febrauary for a planned trip to China in July? Or is that too early?
It would be most convenient for us to apply for visa at the NYC Consulate in late February, for a planned 2-week trip to China in July. But is that too long a duration between accepted visa and actual travel?
Asked by Mac from UNITED STATES | Jan. 07, 2020 10:19Reply
Length of Validity between "issue date" and "Enter Before" date
Good Morning,

I am working on applying for a visa and last time I got a tourist one and I had 3 months to enter China before the visa was no longer valid. I see there are different options of this time frame and am curious on how the "enter before" date can be extended?
Answers (1)
Answered by Derek from USA | Jan. 08, 2020 18:01

The "Enter before" date cannot be extended. Once your visa is issued, the "Enter Before" date is fixed. The validity between "Issue Date" and "Enter Before" date is usually three months.
Asked by torn from USA | Dec. 14, 2019 16:31Reply
For an American citizen, if I am flying to Thailand from and the flight has a stopover at the Shanghai airport, do I need to apply for a visa?

Answers (1)
Answered by Jonno from USA | Dec. 15, 2019 18:59

It depends on your route, if it looks like US - Shanghai - Thailand, you may enjoy the visa-free transit.
Asked by Kayla from U. | Dec. 13, 2019 10:31Reply
Layover in Shanghia to Phuket Thailand
We (3 Adult Travelers) are passing through Shanghai for a vacation trip to Phuket. What kind of VISA is needed? Can we simply apply through the American Embassy before leaving?
Answers (1)
Answered by Donald from USA | Dec. 15, 2019 18:57

Kayla, if your route is US - Shanghai - Phuket and all of you hold a USA passport, you may enjoy the 144h visa-free transit in Shanghai.
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