Shortly after you get your acceptance letter from your university, it is time to apply for a Chinese student visa whether you are a European or non-European student. First of all, you need to decide whether you should apply for an “X” visa or an “F” visa.
The first one applies to students who plan to study in China for more than six months, while the second to students who plan to study or have an internship in the country for less than six months. Note that as an international student you have 30 days after your arrival in China to apply for a residence permit that will enable you to study in China without any obstacles. The application for the residence permit should be submitted at the division of exit-entry administration of the local public security bureau.
Chinese Visa Requirements for Students
Make sure months before your arrival to gather and prepare all the necessary documents. Ask your university for additional guidance and information and also contact the nearest Chinese Embassy in your home country for any questions. By doing so, you will avoid delays that might occur due to bureaucratic reasons. In relation to the Chinese Visa Requirements, keep in mind that European nationals or students from the UK, Canada and Australia, can apply for a student visa through CVASC (Chinese Visa Application Service Center). Otherwise, you can apply to your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate office. Remember that if applying through CVASC, you need to book an appointment online through their official website.
You will need the following documents for your Chinese Visa application:
- Visa application for your studies in China (JW201 or JW202 document) by your local Chinese Embassy or the university you are enrolled at. Remember to bring the original document to China.
- A valid passport should have at least six months of remaining validity.
- Recent passport-sized photos.
- Your admissions notice from the university.
- The Physical Examination Form.
The application fees for your Chinese Visa vary depending on the country you come from, but the price ranges around 140 USD. Normally the processing time for your visa application is fast and takes about a week.
As for the physical examination form, don’t forget that Chinese visa requirements require that after your arrival in China as an international student, you are required to go to the Health Quarantine Bureau to confirm your physical examination form as soon as possible. If you fail to provide your physical examination form or record, then you must be examined at the local health bureau.