How to get a student visa for China?
No one contests the fact that China is one of the most important industrial countries in the world.
In addition, the country is known for its important development in the field of education. Especially in university education.
The higher educational system in China offers students a variety of study options for all its institutions. One of the most important steps to studying in China will be to apply for a student visa. In order to obtain a student visa in China, you have to go through all the following steps.
Types of student visas in China
When you receive an acceptance letter from the university admissions office, you are almost ready to go.
The student visa in China is divided into two types: X1 and X2.
The first type (X1) refers to the full study visa. The second type, the X2 visa, is for students who are participating in exchange programs or who will be attending only part of a specific study program in China for less than six months.
In addition, if you wish to study in China for less than six months, you have to apply for a business visa (F visa) instead.
Where to apply for a student visa?
You can apply for a student visa through the China Visa Application Service Center. The site allows you to apply for a visa directly.
You can also apply for a student visa through the Chinese embassy in your country or through the consulate.
Documents required to obtain a student visa in China
- A valid passport.
- A completed application form
- A passport photo
- The original letter of acceptance from the university (JW202 or JW201).
- Proof of payment of the visa fee.
In addition to these documents, you may have to provide other documents. This depends on the individual consulate or embassy.
Here are some other specific documents you may have to provide
- Original official letter of invitation from the sponsor stating the number of entries you are requesting for your visa.
- Proof of current residence in the state, usually a copy of your driver’s license, official identification card, or utility bill.
- Health declaration form included in the China Visa Service Center application kit.
- Proof of travel arrangements, including a copy of the itinerary or e-ticket showing your travel dates, entry, and exit from China.
- A letter of authorization, allowing the China Visa Service Center to submit and collect your visa application and documents on your behalf.
Finally, after validating your application, it will take four working days to process your application.
Residence permit in China
You can stay in China for the duration of your visa, but within 30 days from the date of your entry into China, you will have to apply for a residence permit.
This procedure is usually done at the local office of the Public Security Administration in charge of entry and exit from the Chinese territory of the place of residence. The residence permit is usually for the same period as your entry visa.
You can get an extension of your residence permit after the first one, as long as your papers are in order.
You have to apply for a study visa for China in advance, i.e. about one month before the actual date of your trip to China. Nevertheless, it is better not to apply too early, not more than three months before the date of travel.
In fact, all Chinese embassies are accurate and efficient, so it shouldn’t take more than a week or less.
Language Requirements for a Student Visa in China
There are really no specific language requirements in China for a student visa.
However, since your visa is a student visa, you have to be able to speak certain languages when you come to China as an international student.
English is the most spoken language in Chinese universities after Chinese. In general, you have to be able to demonstrate your English skills with certain documents such as the IELTS.