Chinese Visas

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China requires many different visas for people traveling through or into China. A visa is required, if a U.S. citizen is flying through one of the airports, and is staying within its complex, for more than 24 hours. Visas are not required for a U.S. citizen if they are in transit through Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai.

Citizens of the following countries also do not require a visa if traveling through these airports: Korea, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg, Portugal, Spain, Italy, Austria and Greece.

The only requirements are, that they hold a valid passport, correct visas for their final destinations, have an itinerary with their final destinations and booked seats, and will remain in Shanghai for less than 48 hours.

No visa is required if citizens of Singapore, Brunei and Japan are to visit China and are staying for less then 15 days, for the purpose of business, tourism, visiting friends or family and or transit

Master Visa Service can only serve applicants who are residents in the jurisdiction for the Chinese Consulate of Chicago. The Chicago jurisdiction includes the following states:

  • Colorado
  • Illinios
  • Indiana
  • Iowa
  • Kansas
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Wisconsin

L Visa (Tourist/Family visit)
Issued to a person who is coming to China for sightseeing, to visit family or friends, or other private purposes. The maximum amount of time one can stay on a Tourist visa is 30 Days.

F Visa (Business)
Issued to a person who is invited for a visit, investigation, lecture, to do business, scientific technological and cultural exchanges, short-term advanced studies or intern practices for no longer than a six (6) months time.

X Visa (Student/Study)
Issued to a person whose intent in China is for study, advanced studies or intern practice for a period longer than 6 (six) months. Person coming to China for less than 6 (six) months shall use an F Visa.

Z Visa (Employment)
Issued to a person whose intent to work in China, along with his/her family members.

The Chinese Consulate of Chicago now requires all Employment Visa Applicants to apply at the consulate in person. If you would like to arrange for us to pick up your visa for you, please contact us for details prior to your consulate visit.

Consulate Closures

The Chinese Consulate of Chicago is scheduled to be closed on the following dates. These dates could be subject to change. These closures may delay visa processing times, please contact us if you have any concerns.

Holidays for 2017

November Thursday23-Friday 24 (Thanksgiving)

December Monday 25-Tuesday 26 (Christmas)

Holidays for 2018

January Monday 1 (New Year’s Day)