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Chinese Visa Introduction

1, Chinese visa

A Chinese visa is a travel permit issued by a government agency that allows a foreign citizen to enter or exit or transit through Chinese territory in accordance with the Exit and Entry Administration Law of the People's Republic of China, the Passport Law of the PRC, and visa agreements that the Chinese government has signed with foreign countries.

2, Visa authorization

Visas can be issued by Chinese embassies or consulates in foreign countries, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, local foreign affairs agencies with Ministry of Foreign Affairs authorization, the Ministry of Public Security, and local public security offices with Public Security Ministry authorization.

3, Visa Types

Chinese visas fall into four types: diplomatic visa, courtesy visa, service visa and ordinary visa. Ordinary visas are further divided into the following categories each marked with a phonetic letter:

(1) A Tourist Visa (L Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for a short stay for tourism, family visit or other personal affairs.

(2) A Business Visa (F Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who is invited to China for a visit, research, lecture, business, exchanges in the fields of science, technology or culture, advanced study, or internship for a period of no more than 6 months.

(3) A Student Visa (X Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for the purpose of study, advanced study or internship for a period of more than 6 months.

(4) A Work Visa (Z Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who comes to China for the purpose of commercial performances or academic exchanges, and to his/her accompanying spouse and minor children.

(5) A Transit Visa (G Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who is to transit through China on his/her way to a third country or region and will stay at a Chinese airport for more than 24 hours or will need to leave the airport.

(6) A Crew Visa (C Visa) is issued to a crew member of an international train, airliner or vessel who is a foreign citizen and comes to China for business.

(7) Journalist Visa (J-visa) is issued to foreign journalists. J-visa has two categories: J-1 visa and J-2 visa. J-1 visa is issued to resident foreign journalists in China and their accompanying spouses and under-age children; J-2 visa is issued to foreign journalists who visit China for temporary news coverage.

(8) A Permanent Resident Visa (D Visa) is issued to a foreign citizen who has been authorized to reside permanently in China.

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