Friday, February 6, 2015

Chinese Tourist Visa Application Process for First Time Filipino Applicants

 
Good news to all Filipino applicants applying for a Chinese Tourist visa! Few years ago, I was told by a friend that it's hard to get an approved visa because they have a very strict list of requirements for example:

1. You need to secure an updated NBI clearance for travel and
2. You need a minimum of Php 100k monthly average in your bank account  

#1 is quite easy but a hassle thing to do but let's face it, item #2 is a major concern by many right? BUT the good thing is, the Chinese embassy simplified their requirements  which makes it easier to apply for a tourist visa. Yeeey!!! 

Here's how we got our visa:

1. Check if you need a visa- Filipino citizens and passport holder needs a visa but if you're a citizen of Singapore, Brunei, and Japan, you may enter China without a visa as long as the purpose of your visit is for tourism, family visit, and business for not more than 15 days.

If you're from the following countries, congrats! you're exempted from applying a visa but only for less than 72 hours (ex. in transit) haha.  

Austria, Belgium, Czech, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Lativa, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Russia, Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, America, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Australia, New Zealand, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, the Uinted Arab Emirates, Qatar

For the complete list of countries and exemptions, please click here.

2. Prepare your basic requirements

a) Passport
-Bring your original passport valid for at least 6 months with at least 1 blank visa page.
-One (1) photocopy of your passport's info and photo page AND emergency contact page.

b) Visa Application Form
-Complete and signed visa application form. DO NOT LEAVE ANY FIELD BLANK. In case the information being asked is not applicable to you, write N/A or NA.

-Handwritten is okay as long as your writing is legible but it is best to computerize the form. Well, I used type writer in my application form since I encountered problems with my PDF software :) 

-NOTE: in filling up the visa category part, write the letter "L" if your purpose is just for leisure or travel visa. Check the table below in case you will apply for a different purpose.
Visa categories and documents required 

C
Crew Visa
Guarantee letters issued by the foreign airlines or shipping companies, or invitation letters issued by the relevant organizations in China.
D
Permanent Residence Visa
The original and copy of Confirmation Form of Alien Permanent Residence Status in China issued by Ministry of Public Security.
F
Visitor Visa for academic, cultural, scientific and other non-commercial activity visit.
Iinvitation letters issued by Chinese organizations or individuals.
*Those who visit China for commercial entertainment performance or shows, should apply for Z visa.
G
Transit Visa
A confirm connected passenger tickets for transit to a third country or region by an international aircraft, ship or train via China.
J1
Journalist Visa for resident foreign journalists in China.
Visa notifications issued by the Information Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry and official letters from the applicant's employer.
J2
Journalist Visa for foreign journalists who visit China for temporary news coverage.
Visa notifications issued by the Information Department of the Chinese Foreign Ministry or other competent Chinese authorities and official letters from the applicant's employer.
L
Tourist Visa
Travel itinerary and reservation of round-trip airline ticket and hotel, or invitaion letters from China.
M
Commercial Business Visa
Invitation letters issued by commercial business partners in China.
* Those who visit China for technical support, R&D, management or consulting etc., unless for any business activity regarding winning projects, or technical support or training for machinery equipments imported to China, or for any business activity for subsidiaries, branches or representative offices in China and will stay in China for less than 90 days, should apply for Z visa.
* Those who visit China for film production (including advertisement and documentary), fashion shows (including car model, plane advertisement etc.), should apply for Z visa.
* Coaches, athletes who visit China for a trial for the purpose to be hired, should apply for Z visa.
Q1
Family Reunion Visa for family members of Chinese Nationals or family members of foreign nationals with Chinese Permanent Resident Permit to stay in China for more than 180 days.
Invitation letters from relatives in China who must attach a copy of his/her personal ID copy or Chinese Permanent Resident Permit, and original and copy of proofs of kinship.
Q2
Family Visitor Visa for family members of Chinese Nationals or family members of foreign nationals with Chinese Permanent Resident Permit to stay in China for less than 180 days.
Invitation letters from relatives in China who must attach a copy of his/her personal ID or Chinese Permanent Resident Permit..
R
Professional Talent Visa
Visa notices issued by competent organizations in China.
S1
a) Dependent Visa for family members of foreign nationals who work, study in China to stay in China for more than 180 days.
b) Visitor Visa for personal affairs to stay in China for more than 180 days.
a) Invitation letters from relatives in China who must attach a copy of his/her personal ID/ Residence Permit for Aliens, and original and copy of proofs of kinship.
b) Documents supporting the purpose of visit.
S2
a) Family Visitor Visa for family members of foreign nationals who work, study in China to stay in China for less than 180 days.
b) Visitor visa for personal affairs to stay in China for less than 180 days.
a) Invitation letters from relatives in China who must attach a copy of his/her personal ID/ Residence Permit for Aliens, and copy of proofs of kinship.
b) Documents supporting the purpose of visit.
X1
Study Visa for studying in China for more than 180 days.
The original and copy of Visa Application for Study in China Form JW-201 or Form JW-202.
X2
Study Visa for studying in China for less than 180 days.
The original and copy of Admission Notice from China.
Z
Work Visa
Work visa is also required if you belong to the following categories:
* Those who visit China for technical support, R&D, management or consulting etc., unless for any business activity regarding winning projects, or technical support or training for machinery equipments imported to China, or for any business activity for subsidiaries, branches or representative offices in China and will stay in China for less than 90 days.
* Those who visit China for film production (including advertisement and documentary), fashion shows (including car model, plane advertisement etc.).
*Those who visit China for commercial entertainment performance or shows.
* Coaches, athletes who visit China for a trial for the purpose to be hired.
The original and copy of Employment Permit for Foreigner / Permit for Foreign Expert / Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Office, and a copy of Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by an authorized unit in China.
* Commercial entertainment performance or shows for less than 90 days: The original and copy of Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P. R. China and Approval for performance issued by a competent Cultural Department/Bureau and a copy of Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by an authorized Foreign Affairs Office in China.
* Other short-term working for less than 90 days: The original and copy of Employment Permit for Foreigner and Approval of Short-Term Employment for Foreigners Working in P. R. China issued by a competent Department/Bureau of Human Resources and Social Security in China, and a copy of Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit or Confirmation Letter of Invitation issued by an authorized unit in China.

c) ID Photo 
-Paste or glue 1 pc. recent, front view and on white background Passport Photo. 
-Size: 48mm x 33mm or just ask the one taking your photo to print you a passport sized pic for Chinese visa requirement. Usually, they are knowledgable on what size per country anyway.

3. Prepare your ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS:

A. For 1st time visa applicant, submit any of the following:
-Bank Certificate (usually, 1 pager document reflecting your total money in your account) AND Bank Statement for the past 6 months (it's a historical transaction document and usually, you need to request this in advance since the bank can only print your bank statement for the past 3 months on the spot..if you need 6 months, the bank needs about 1 week to prepare this). Don't forget to ask for the receipt or O.R. for your bank statement as you need to submit this as well. 
-Certificate of Employment (COE) indicating your monthly gross salary and length of your employment.
-If you have your own business, submit your business registration certificate
-Professional ID or Student ID
-BIR-stamped income tax return form (latest ITR).

B. For those with previous Chinese visa:
-Submit a photocopy of the visa, and if the visa is on your old passport, you should also submit the old passport.

C. Other cases (e.g. for Non-Filipino nationals, certificate of name change, Chinese passport, Special travel tours, Seafarers, American passport holder PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK for further details. 

IMPORTANT NOTICE: 
Apologies to those who will ask questions about other visa cases because I can only answer inquiries about 1st timer applicants since I will only share my personal experiences here ;) 

4. After organizing and completing your requirements, it's time for submission! :) Don't fret, it is very easy. Go to this address: 

Chinese Embassy -Manila
Address: 2nd and 3rd floor, The World Center, 330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue, Makati City
Contact Number: (02) 8482395
Visa Hours: 9:00-11:00 am from Mon-Fri except on legal festivals and holiday
The building is just across Mapua Institute of Technology in Makati.
I suggest you go there early to avoid the long queue. We were there at around 8:00 am and good thing line is still short. 

Go inside the building first to get a guest ID or pass. You need to leave 1 ID at the reception area then proceed to the embassy line located outside the building and at the left side corner.
Line up near the plants! :)
At exactly 9:00 am, someone from the embassy will call the applicants and will direct everyone to go up to the office. Don't worry, it will not be a chaotic scenario since you strictly should stay in line going up.
When you reach the entrance of the embassy, the guards will check your documents and they will give you a queue number. By the time you show your requirements, you need to paste your IDs already! Don't do it on the spot like what we did haha.
Wait for your number to be called. The windows will open and announce the numbers usually by 5 per batch example 1 to 5 or 6 to 10. Stand up and line up in front of your assigned window.

Hand out each requirement to the staff. He/She will check every information and scan if you missed out some parts especially in your application form. 
Then, once complete, the staff will give you a pick-up form indicating the date of claiming your passport (no guarantee if you will have an approved visa). 

Payment will be transacted upon claiming the passport with the following fees:

Regular Processing- 4 working days
Express Services (3rd working day release)- Additional fee of Php 1,100 per visa
Rush Services (2nd working day release)- Additional fee of Php 1,700 per visa

NOTE: You can't apply for a double to multiple visa if it's your first time applying. 

The application process is very smooth and easy! It only took us 5 minutes transaction time since we're #4. Total time spent in the embassy from falling in line to finish is about 1.5 hours not bad at all!
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60 comments:

  1. Thank you for informing this. Just to be clear is it still needed na may 100k sa bank cert/statement? If not how much would you advise for a 5-7 day trip to Beijing?

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    1. Hi! no need as stated in this post. But, just like in any requirement for travel visa, it is always better to show high amount of money just to be sure and for your personal "peace of mind" hehe. Lastly, note that the embassy did not state any minimum amount for the financials ah so I don't really know their "minimum" or acceptable amount. Thanks!

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    2. Thanks! I will wait for your budget breakdown once your trip is done. Enjoy!

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  2. Hi Tin, here i am again, following you as usual seeking answers anything about visa. From Taiwan to Japan, your blog has always been of great help to me to get an approved visa. For personal reference and peace of mind, may I ask this timeless question... care to share what was the range of your bank statements? Looking forward to your feedback. thanks a bunch in advance!

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    1. Hi thanks for always seeking my blog for information especially about visas! haha :) anyway, for Chinese visa I always recommend a minimum of 50k in the bank although again I will reiterate, the embassy did not state any amount required per applicant but every time I apply for a visa, I always make sure I have a minimum of 50k ;)

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    2. Thank you as always! :) how about the daily avg bal?

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  3. Hi Miss Tin! Do I need to include my plane ticket and hotel reservation for the visa application? Thanks!

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    1. Hi, some say no need especially if you still don't have booked plane tickets/hotels. But I submitted everything because I usually get promo fares first before I apply a visa :)

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  4. Hi do they allow rush processing for first timer applicant?

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    1. Hi ann, I think no... but you may confirm this directly to the embassy just to be sure :)

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  5. Does it mean you dont need a COE if you have a bank certificate/ statement already?

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    1. Well, hard question...I submitted both kasi. But, if you were to ask me, I would recommend to submit the bank certificate AND financial statement more than COE :)

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  6. Can I submit the bank statement or certificate lang? kasi work ko currently is GEN VA and homebase lang...paano yan...wala akong talagang COE and BIR. Un ang major concern ko. Ano sa tingin mo...paano kung wala akong ITR?

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  8. hi ms. Tin :) ask ko lang po may minimum po ba sa ADB? Yun ba ung 50k or 100k? Thank you!

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  10. How about the invitation letter from China and round trip ticket.
    Those are not needed for applying the visa?

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  11. hi nagplan kami na magtravel ng anak at asawa ko(hindi kami kasal), just want to ask. Magaapply kasi kami ng chinese visa by november katapusan. Bago palang ako magreresign sa company and my husband resigned already. December po ung target date namin for travel. So wala na ako sa company nun. Do you think na it would be okay na magpresent pa din ako ng COE and ITR kahit na unemployed na ako that time? and sa case naman ng asawa ko, hindi kasi kami kasal..would that be okay na magpresent ako ng AFFIDAVIT OF SUPPORT since sya naman nakalagay na tatay ng anak ko sa NSO Birthcertificate? and lastly ok na kaya ung 100k para sa aming 3 ng anak at asawa ko? Sana makahingi ako ng payo sainyo guys.. thank you!

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  12. Hi Ms. Tin. As I read your replies, it is better to submit COE AND bank statement. In my case, I can obtain COE but I cannot produce a bank statement coz obviously I do not have money on any bank :( Can I just use my father's bank statement instead? Please reply. Thanks! :)

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  14. Hello! Thank heavens I was routed to your blog for my query on “how to apply for Chinese visa”. After reviewing your post, I compiled the list you mentioned. Your fail-proof step by step instructions made it easier for what to anticipate. Everything was easy breezy as described in your blog. Also, your photos gave me visuals of what to expect – I felt like a pro!

    After 4 days, I got my approved visa. Again, thank you.

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  15. Hello, please reply asap, my parents only have less than 100k in the bank and I'm just a student applying for X2 visa and our school is helping us to process it.We'll only be having 4 days educational trip in china, Is it possible to have my visa approved?

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  16. Hi ms.tin...first timer po kukuha ng visa...hingi lang po ako ng tips kung ano ano po yung mga possible na itinatanong sa interview...thanks po sa magrereply

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  17. Tourist visa with invitation letter coming from my auntie....kapag with invitation po ano nalang yung mga hinihingi nilang mga documents...

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  18. Tourist visa with invitation letter coming from my auntie....kapag with invitation po ano nalang yung mga hinihingi nilang mga documents...

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  19. Hi miss Tin, im going to honolulu this coming MAY 17, and my layover is in beijing for 14 hrs. Apply pa ba ako transit visa or can i get a transit visa sa beijing? If ever i will apply for a chinesse visa ok na ba ipakita ko requirement ung ticket ko via hawaian airline and ung old passport ko with chinesse visa? I already had my chinesse visa before.
    Thanks...hope for your reply.

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  20. Thanks for the useful information. For more details about visa fee you can refer : China Visa Fees

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  21. Hello my employer was asking for a verified nbi clearance how can I obtain it? I already have nbi clearance and I wasnt able to contact the embassy their lines are always off

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  22. Thank you for this! more power to you Ms. Tin!

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  23. Hello Tin! Those chinese officer know how to speak and write chinise language.

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  24. Nice and interesting information and informative too. Can you pls let me know the good attraction places we can visit near China. Please refer : China Visa Fees

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  25. Nice and interesting information and informative too. Can you pls let me know the good attraction places we can visit near China Visa. Please refer : China Visa Fees

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  26. Nice and interesting information and informative too. Can you pls let me know the good attraction places we can visit near China Visa Fees. Please refer : China Visa Fees

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  27. I APPLIED 12 days ago with my spanish passport. then they said you are a dual passport holder so they wanted my filipino passport which i provided then they said i want to see your expired filipino which i provided then they said aside from the company bank staements they wanted my personal so i provided then they said its another 4 days. too late cant catch my flt. you say its easy?? ya right!

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  28. I can only provide bank certificate and passport. will they suffice the requirements since I do not have COE? here is my number 09176895975

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  29. what time po releasing ng visa? pwede po kaya kunin ng maaga?

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  30. Hi. Thanks for your post. Do you think it's possible to get a multiple entry visa if first time kukuha ng Chinese visa? My bf is moving to China kasi, I figured I'll be coming back and forth there. Will it help that I've had 2 japan visa and 1 korean visa already? Thanks

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  31. Hi Tin Co. My husband and I are planning to visit Shanghai and Beijing. I am an American Citizen and my husband is Filipino citizen. We also plan to bring his brother and his wife who are both filipino citizens. I understand that we all need chinese visas. I can obtain our chinese visas here in the US. can you tell me pls how to obtain my brother inlaw and his wife's visas in the philippines. do you happen to know a good travel agency that can expedite visas? We plan to vist china next month, october 17, 2016. i'm asking because, as you can see, i don't have enough time to obtain our visas. Thx for your help!

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    1. Hi. Did your brother in law got a chinese visa?

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  32. Anyone knows if recently they insist on a BIR stamped income tax return form ,next to the Bank certificate including 6-months bank statement ?

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  33. This is my first time to travel outside the philippines my travel is sponsored by the company .do i still need to present my bank account certigicate?

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  37. Hi. ask ko lang po. Konti lang ang laman ng bank account ko. A friend of mine from China invited me just a week maybe. Kailangan ba tlaga may 100k sa bank ko? Thank you po.

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  38. Hi. ask ko lang po. Konti lang ang laman ng bank account ko. A friend of mine from China invited me just a week maybe. Kailangan ba tlaga may 100k sa bank ko? Thank you po.

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  39. Maybe not so easy. :-( I tried to help my girlfriend apply. She had every single requirement. The application was completed. Over 100K peso in the bank. Certified copy of the bank statement. Itinerary showing ALL flights, including the return trip to The Philippines. Hotel information showing her name on the reservation. A letter from me showing my Chinese Visa number, and stating that I would be responsible for all expenses. I provided copies of my passport and visa. We even provided pictures showing us together for the past few years. She made THREE trips to Makati (costing about 3000PHP per trip!), and on the third trip -- which was supposed to be to pickup her passport and VISA, she was told she was denied. The most frustrating part is that they offered NO explanation. Nothing!!! So, I guess my question is whether anyone has any speculation on WHY they might deny an application?

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    1. does your gf had travel history in her passport/s? i think, its one of their major deciding factor - most embassies do.

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