Guide to applying for a Chinese student visa
Step 1: Ensure that you have a valid offer letter from INTO.
Step 2: Ensure you have a passport with at least 18 months validity and at least 4 blank pages.
Step 3: Download the visa application form from the Chinese embassy website in your country.
Step 4: When completing the application form, fill in any sections which are not applicable with N/A.
Step 5: If you are under 18 years old then make sure your application form is signed by a parent or guardian.
Step 6: You’ll need at least one colour passport photo to submit with your application form.
Step 7: You must have a medical examination from a Chinese Embassy-recognised hospital, including HIV test and all lab reports, and original copies of x-ray examinations. Complete a Physical Examination Record for Foreigners (English language) and submit this with your visa application.
Step 8: Ensure that you have a JW-202. This will be provided by INTO.
Step 9: Submit your passport, passport photograph, JW-202, admissions notice and completed application form to your local Chinese Embassy. Allow plenty of time to submit your application as visa processing times may be longer than anticipated during the busy summer months.
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Unless specifically requested in your application form (and approved by consular officers), a single-entry visa is valid for three months and a double-entry visa valid for six months. Both have a 30-day duration of stay.
Don't apply for your visa more than three months before your intended date of entry into China.
You may want to consider using a visa processing service to get your Chinese visa. However, be aware this is much more expensive than applying directly to the Chinese Embassy.