How to Apply for Resident Visa

How to Apply for Resident Visa


Resident Visa (D Visa) is issued to an alien who comes to reside permanently in China.

Please submit the following documents for your application:

1. Passport:
Your valid passport must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity with at least one blank visa page in it.

2. Application form:
One completed Visa Application Form (Q1)

3. Photo: Photo: one photo of 2*2 square inch (black & white or color is acceptable) glued or stapled on the application form.

4. Residence Approval Certificate issued by the Chinese public security bureau. (The applicant may entrust his or her relatives within China to apply for this certificate with the said authority.)

How to apply


1.You may submit the application to the Visa Office of the Embassy or Consulate -General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside;

2.If you cannot come in person, you may entrust someone else or a travel/visa agent to drop off your application at the visa office of the Embassy or Consulate -General which holds consular jurisdiction over the state where you reside. No appointment is required. Mailed applications are not acceptable and will be returned. Mail back service is available (make sure you read INSTRUCTIONS FOR APPLICATION MAIL SERVICE) .

Processing Time


1.The regular processing time is 4 working days.

2.Express service: 2-3 working days processing, $20 will be charged per visa.

3.Same day rush service: additional fee of $30 for 1 working day processing (applications presented before 12:30pm may be picked up between 2:30pm-3:00pm on the same day).

Visa fees


1.Please pay by Visa, MasterCard, Money Order, Cashier's Check, Company Check or Cash. Personal checks are not acceptable.

2.Please make the check or money order payable to the Chinese Embassy. 3.Fee:$130 for American, and $30 for Citizens of other countries

Additional Information


1.If the visa application form is not filled out completely, correctly and legibly, this can cause a delay in processing or refusal of the requested visa.

2.D visa is valid for one entry,six months. The holder of a D visa shall go through residential formalities in the local public security department within thirty days of entry into China.
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