The Easy Way To Get A Chinese Visa

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The Easy Way To Get A Chinese Student Visa

So you’ve decided to come to China. The next step is to find out how to obtain a visa to enter and stay in the country legally.

The type of visa you apply for will depend on your purpose of visit. For short-term travelers or students, i.e. 30 days or less, the tourist visa is the easiest to apply for. Those planning to stay longer in China must apply for the student visa.

The Chinese student visa (X visa) is split into two categories: X1 and X2. The main difference between the two is the number of entries permitted and the duration of stay.

X1 Visa

The X1 visa is a multiple entry visa which allows students to stay in China for more than 180 days (usually up to a year). You can enter and exit China as many times as you wish within the period of validity of the visa.

X2 Visa

The X2 visa is a single entry visa issued to those who will stay in China for less than 180 days. The duration of stay depends on the length of your study program.

Good to Know

Although the regular visa processing time takes only about a week, it’s best to apply 2 to 3 months before your study program starts. This will give you ample time to search for and purchase a cheaper flight ticket. Flight tickets tend to be more expensive when purchased close to the flight date.

If you want to know more about other types of Chinese Visas (e.g. tourist, work or business), visit this ultimate guide by Travel China Cheaper. It provides a thorough introduction to each type of Chinese visa, and answers most frequently asked questions regarding time, cost, locations and requirements.

The easiest way is to sign up for the Chinese Visa Program at That’s Mandarin. This program is created for foreigners who want to experience the Chinese culture, travel within China and study Chinese at the same time. It’s a program designed to make it easier for you to reach your Chinese goals.

You can choose to study in Beijing, Shenzhen or Shanghai. Both are modern cities with their own unique identities, infused with the traditional history of ancient China. The choice is yours.

  • Beijing

    If you are into Chinese culture and want to have a taste of authentic Mandarin Chinese, then Beijing can be the ideal choice for you as it’s not only the capital but also the cultural and political center of China. More importantly, the modern standard Chinese has developed based on Beijing dialect.

  • Shanghai

    If you are looking for fascinating job opportunities and would like to live in a modern area surrounded by skyscrapers, then Shanghai is your destination. Being the financial center of China, Shanghai offers numerous job opportunities for both Chinese and foreigners. At the end of 2015, the amount of “non-Shanghainese” took up to 40% of the total population of Shanghai.

  • Shenzhen

    Shenzhen is located in the southeast of China and serves as a bridge connecting Hong Kong to Mainland China. Moreover, It is one of the cities where China’s reform and opening-up started in the 1970s. Shenzhen features a large number of contemporary buildings, amusement parks, and shopping destinations. If you aim to understand modern China better and enjoy tropical climate and vegetation, our Shenzhen program would be an ideal choice!

STEP 1

Select a visa category (we can help you with visa L and X) and prepare your visa application including necessary supporting documents.

STEP 2

Submit your application to the Visa Office of Chinese Embassy.

STEP 3

Pay the visa application fee at the Visa Office and pick up your visa. 

Visa CategoryEligible Applicants
CForeign 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.
DForeigners who intend to reside in China permanently.
FForeigners who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other non-business activities.
GForeigners who intend to transit through China.
J1Resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.
J2Foreign 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.
LForeigners who intend to go to China as a tourist.
MForeigners who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.
Q1Foreigners 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.
Q2Foreigners 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.
RForeigners who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.
S1Foreigners 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.
S2Foreigners 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.
X1Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.
X2Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.
ZForeigners who intend to work in China.

L Visa

  1. Passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages.
  2. Visa Application Form (Form V.2013) and Photo on glossy photo paper glued onto the form.
  3. Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc.

X Visa

  1. Passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages.
  2. Visa Application Form (Form V.2013) and Photo on glossy photo paper glued onto the form.
  3. Original and photocopy of the Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.
  4. Original and photocopy of “Visa Application for Study in China” (Form JW201 or Form JW202).

Go to our Chinese Visa Program page to find more info about the course and to apply.

You can get many benefits by joining That’s Mandarin. Not only are our courses competitively priced, we also offer great returns on your investment.

  • Small Group Classes

    In this program, you will be studying in a group class of 2 to 5 students only. The small group size is meant to provide a high quality learning environment, where each student has the opportunity to be involved in each activity in the class. The teachers can also monitor each student’s learning progress and adjust the lesson content and style as necessary.

  • Effective Teaching Methods

    We developed our own teaching methods that have been proven to be very effective in improving students’ Chinese skills and making Chinese lessons more enjoyable and less daunting. Our former students claimed that they learned more in two weeks with us than 2 months at other schools!

  • The Social Aspect

    Students who choose to study in small-group classes will certainly have more chance to practice Chinese by interacting with other classmates and the teacher, and therefore quickly improve their Chinese language skills. We also organize cultural events every month to bring all students together.

  • Central Location

    Our schools in Beijing and Shanghai are both centrally located in the heart of the downtown areas. You can access shops, restaurants, banks, and almost everything else within a short walking distance.

  • After-sales Service

    Did you know that we take pride in our customer service? Our staff and teachers care about our students. We make sure that you’re taken care of before you join our school, while you’re here and even after you’ve completed your program with us.

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