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China Family Reunion Visa (Q)

Chinese Family Reunion Visa, Q visa for short, is issued to relatives of Chinese citizens or foreigners residing in China with a permanent residence permit. Depending upon the duration of stay and applicants' eligibility, the Q visa is further divided into two subclasses: Q1 and Q2. Q1 is issued for a stay longer than 180 days, while Q2 is for a short-term visit less than 180 days.

Differences between Q1 Visa and Q2 Visa

Type Application Conditions
Q1 visa 1. Intended Duration of Stay > 180 days
2. Applicants restrictions:
Family members of Chinese citizens or foreigners with Chinese permanent residence, such as spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law; or those who are going to China for the purpose of foster care
Q2 visa 1. Intended Duration of Stay ≤ 180 days
2. Applicants restrictions:
Relatives of Chinese citizens or foreigners with Chinese permanent residence, including family members mentioned above

Q1 visa is generally issued allowing a single entry, and the holders must apply for a Temporary Residence Permit within 30 days after entry. The residence permit can be granted for a minimum of 1 year and a maximum of 5 years, and the holders can exit and reenter freely during the validity of the residence permit.

Q2 is flexible from 30 to 180 days, allowing single, double, or multiple entries, and the holders can stay in China for the duration as indicated on visa.

China Q Visa Requirements & Documents

1. Passport

- Original passport valid for more than 6 months and a copy of the information page. US citizens can apply for a 10 years China Q2 visa if their passport is valid for one year or longer.

2. Application Form + Recent Photo

- China Visa Application Form with a recent color passport-sized photo.

3. Invitation Letter

- An invitation from the family member residing in China who is either a Chinese citizen or a foreigner with a Chinese permanent residence permit.

The invitation letter should contain:
a. Information regarding the applicant, including full name, gender, date of birth, etc.
b. Information about the visit, like purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, arrival and departure dates, relation of the applicant to the inviting entity or individual, and financial source for expenditures.
c. Information regarding the inviting individual, including name, contact number, address, official stamp, signature of the inviting individual, etc.

See sample of the invitation letter.

4. Photocopy of Chinese ID or Foreign Passport and Permanent Residence Permit of the Inviter

5. Proof of Family Relationship - For Q1 Visa Application Only

- Original and copy of kinship proof such as Birth Certificate and Marriage Certificate.

How to Apply for China Q Visa

Applicants should go to the Chinese embassy, consulate or Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) wherever available for an application. Those aged 14-70 need to go in person. Besides, an appointment is required in most countries.

Processing Time

Normal processing takes about 4 working days. The applicant should apply one month prior to the intended travel. In case Express/Urgent Processing is approved by the Chinese embassy or the consulate-generals, the applicant will be required to pay an additional fee.

China Q Visa Fees

The fee for the China family reunion visa is the same as the fee for other types of Chinese visa. Generally, fees vary according to nationalities, and number of entries. But for some countries, like US, Canada, and Australia, the fee is fixed regardless of visa types and number of entries.

China Q Visa Types US Citizens Canadian Citizens UK Citizens Australian Citizens
Single Entry USD 185 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 109.5
Double Entries USD 185 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 139.5
Multi Entries for 6 Months USD 185 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 169.5
Multi Entries for 12 Months or Longer USD 185 CAD 142 GBP 151 AUD 229.5

*The table is for reference only. For more details, please click China Visa Fees.

Further Reading:

8 Tips for Filling Out Chinese Visa Application Form

- Last updated on May. 25, 2023 by Kate Liu -
Questions & Answers on China Family Reunion Visa
Asked by Tee from MYANMAR | Aug. 15, 2023 10:26Reply
About Visa
I’m a Burmese citizen with Myanmar passport holder and my boyfriend is a Chinese citizen. We are going married on this coming September. The question is after we get married, what kind of Visa or Card that I can apply, pls ?
Answers (1)
Answered by Emily | Aug. 15, 2023 22:52

After you get married and if you plan to stay in China for a long term (more than 180 days), you can apply for a Q1 visa.
Asked by aslam from PAKISTAN | Aug. 11, 2023 03:11Reply
Q1 Visa And Entry Point Temporary Residence Card
ACCORDING TO MY INFORMATION, i can get Q1 visa for one month from my home country in pakistan and then before expire i can apply at entery point Q1 visa with temporary residence card, my question is what documents required at entery point and how long they will issue temprary residence card? one year or 5 year?
Answers (1)
Answered by Andrew | Aug. 13, 2023 20:15

You can enter according to your valid visa. As for the duration of the residence permit, it also depends on your visa duration, generally will not be longer than it. Q1 visa generally has a duration of more than 180 days and less than 5 years.
Asked by Michael evans from AUSTRALIA | Jul. 30, 2023 02:06Reply
Q 1 visa
I am an Australian citizen my wife is Chinese. We are both in Australia and going back to china When we leave Australia will not arrive China for about 3 months. If I apply for q1 visa in another country I read that you require proof of residency in Australia
Is this a requirement ? And what documentation is required
Answers (1)
Answered by Mia | Jul. 31, 2023 00:03

Generally, it is recommended to apply this kind of visa in your home country, Australia. It is possibly rejected if applying in the third country.
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