Instructions for Visa Application

The following documents should be submitted when applying for Chinese visa:


1.Passport with at least 6 months remaining validity and available blank pages for visa;


2.One properly completed visa application form, which could be obtained from the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General in person, or by mail with a pre-paid return envelope, or be downloaded from the following website:


3.A recent passport-size color photo with white background stuck on the visa application form;


4.Other relevant documents for different types of visa:

(1) for Business “F” visa: an official invitation letter from the authorized Chinese government departments, companies or institutions.

(2) for Tourist/Family-visit  “L" visa: Except travel to Tibet, no additional documents are required for “L" visa applicants. Please note that the Chinese Embassy or Consulate-General does not issue individual visa for tourists to Tibet. All applicants who travel to Tibet need to contact their local travel agency to obtain confirmation for group (more than 5 people) visa. For more information please contact the following:

A. China National Tourist Office in Toronto

   Tel:416-979-8993   Fax:416-979-8220

B. China National Tourist Office in New York City

   Tel:212-867-0271   Fax:212-599-2892

C. The Tourist Bureau of Tibet (Lhasa Tibet, China)

Fax : 011-86-891-34632 or 011-86-891-35588

   (3) for Student “X” visa:

A. Foreign Student Visa Application Form “JW201” or “JW202” issued by the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China.

B. an enrollment letter from the receiving university in China.

(4) for Employment/Work  “Z”  visa:

A. an Employment License issued by the Chinese Labor and Social Security Ministry. For applicants to be working in an academic institution, a confirmation issued by the Chinese State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.

B. an official invitation issued by a concerned authorized agency.

(5) for Transit  “G” visa:

A. a valid visa of the country of destination;

B. an air ticket showing transit through China.

(6) for Journalist’s “J-1” or “J-2”  Visa, please first contact the Press Offices of the Chinese Embassy in Ottawa or the Chinese Consulates-General in Toronto, Vancouver and Calgary.

(7) for Crew Members of unscheduled flight of private aircraft or vessels, please first apply with competent Chinese authorities for landing/docking permit.

(8) for Group visa , which is issued to tourist group of five people or above planning to enter and leave China at the same time and via the same airport or border-crossing:

A. an invitation letter from a Chinese travel agency;

B. an authorized group visa number given by the Chinese travel agency;

C. copies of the information pages of the applicants’ passport;

D. one properly completed group visa forms, which could be obtained from the Chinese travel agency ,the Chinese Embassy or the Chinese Consulates-General.


5. Other additional documents deemed necessary by the visa officer.


Visa processing takes 4 working days. For special cases, rush service may be available, but applicants are requested to submit their applications before 11:00 AM and need to pay the extra rush service fee. The rush service fees are rated as following:


$50 Canadian Dollars per person for the same day service;


$35 Canadian Dollars per person for the second or third day service.


All payments need to be made by cash, money order or certified checks.


Please take note that the Chinese Embassy in Canada does not accept any straightforward application sent by mail or courier. Those who wish to apply for Chinese visa or document authentication by mail or courier need to send the applications to their clients or travel agencies in Ottawa, such as “Golden Mile 2000 Travel Consultant”, who will submit the applications to the Embassy for processing on behalf of the applicants.


The address, phone and fax number of the Golden Mile 2000 Travel Consultant are as follows:

  Golden Mile 2000 Travel Consultant

  203-1390 Prince of Wales Dr. Ottawa, ON. Canada K2C 3K6

  Tel: 613-224-6863  Fax: 613-224-7863
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