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J1 Visa Requirements



J1 visa is issued to resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

Visa applicant should be located in the U.S. but not in mainland China while the application is submitted.

Please click here to select a proper visa and read Step by Step Guide to China Visa.

Click here to learn about Tips to Apply for China Visa.

If you have more questions, please click here.

Application Materials

1. Passport

Original passport with at least one blank visa page and valid for at least 6 months.

2. Passport photocopy

One photocopy of data and photo pages of the passport.

3. Visa Application Form

One truthfully, correctly and completely filled Visa Application Form (Form V.2013). Please click here to download the form.

Application form must be typed in black capital letters. Please click here to download and install the free Adobe Acrobat Reader to fill in the form.

Hand-written application forms are not accepted.

4. Photo

One recently-taken, color, passport photo against a light background. Please Click here to check detailed photo requirements.

5. Supporting Documents  

1) A Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China.

2). An official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works.

For more information, please click here to visit the website of the International Press Center.

6. Proof of legal status of non-American applicant

Non-American applicant should have legal status in the USA and a copy of status proof, such as certificate of residence, employment, student or other legal status in the USA should also be submitted.

7. Previous Chinese passport or Chinese visa

When applying for Chinese visa with a new passport, applicant who used to be of Chinese citizenship should submit the original and a copy of data page of the last Chinese passport, or a copy of previous Chinese visa on the previous foreign passport.

If the name on the current passport differs from that on the previous passport, an official document of name change should also be submitted.

Processing Time

 Regular service: 4 business days

Pay and pickup on the 4th working day from your submission. For example, If you submit on Friday, generally your visa can be picked up next Wednesday.

 Express service: 3 business days;

Pay and pickup on the 3rd working day from your submission. For example, If you submit on Friday, generally your visa can be picked up next Tuesday.

 Rush service: 2 business days.

Pay and pickup on the 2nd working day from your submission. For example, If you submit on Friday, generally your visa can be picked up next Monday.

Express or rush service is subject to approval and additional charges should be paid. On a case by case basis, express or rush services may not be available and the processing time may be longer than 4 regular business days.

Pickup, Fees and Payments

 Your passport and visa can be collected by anyone with the original pickup slip on the date or later written on the slip, unless otherwise notified by the Visa Office.

 Please click here for fees and payments.

Please check the details of your visa on the spot of collecting. Otherwise, all responsibilities aroused should be taken by the visa holders.

Special Reminders

The applicant shall be responsible for the authenticity of submitted passports, application forms, photos and other documents, including copied documents.

Other supplementary materials should be provided or an interview should be accepted if demanded by consular officers.

Any false, misleading or incomplete information may result in denial of the visa or refusal of entry into China.

Consular officers are authorized to decide whether to issue a visa and its validity, duration of stay and number of entries.

 Holders of J-1 Visa shall apply for foreigners' residence permits from the exit/entry administrations of local public security organs within 30 days from the date of entry


 The information is subject to change without notice.

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