JURISDICTION for China: The Chinese Consulate in Chicago usually enforces jurisdiction. Residents of CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, and WI are processed in Chicago. 

VALIDITY for China: China is generally issuing 10-year visas for US Passport holders for business and tourism unless you have limited validity remaining. If your passport expired in less than 6 months from the date you apply, the Consulate WILL NOT issue a visa; you need to renew your passport before applying. If your passport expires in less than a year from the date you are applying, you may be issued a 1-year, 6-month or shorter visa at the discretion of the Chinese Consulate.


AVS can submit documents for a Student Visa. Click HERE for information. 

Visas for People's Republic of China

Below you will find the requirements to obtain a visa for China. Once you complete gathering the documents, choose your processing time and place your order online or use the paper order form. If you have questions at any point in the process, click the  and you will be directed to a pop-up page with more information; close that once your question is answered and proceed.

China requires that certain applicants appear in-person at the Consulate for finger-printing. If you have any criminal background or are applying for an X1 (long-term student), Q1, Z, or S1 visa, you will need to submit your application in-person.


Jurisdiction: If you reside in the following States you can use the information below: CO, IA, IL, IN, KS, MI, MN, MO, or WI. If you reside outside these states, click HERE for Out-of-Jurisdiction information.

Requirements -  the following documents must be shipped to us:

  • Signed Passport with at least six months validity and blank visa pages. See the right sidebar for more info and click here =>  

  • Photocopy of info page of passport

  • One current passport-type photo. Click here for more info =>

  • Completed and signed application made online using Adobe. No handwritten applications accepted; they must be completed online using the following link. Please click HERE for a guide to filling out the China application. Failure to complete the application correctly will result in delays and/or additional fees. Click HERE for the application. DO NOT PRINT THIS BACK-TO-BACK; IT MUST BE 4 SEPARATE PAGES.

  • (for Business Visas) Invitation from Company to be visited in China. Invitations from China must be contain specific details. Click here for more info =>

  • (NEW) Copy of State-Issued photo ID (Driver's License or State ID). This is not yet required in Chicago but it will be soon, with little advanced notice so please send it

  • (NEW) If you had a previous Chinese visas, even in expired passport - and especially if that visa is NOT expired - you must send the passport. The Chinese Consulate is starting to scrutinize anyone that claims to have had a visa in the past. Failure to send this will result in delays and additional fees

  • (for Tourist visas) Copy of flight itinerary on Travel Agency letterhead or copy of tickets. Click here for more info =>

  • (for Tourist visas) Confirmation of Hotel Reservation from hotel in China. Must include complete address and phone number and match the information entered on the application. If you are not staying in a hotel, see info below.

  • (for Non-US Passport holders) A notarized copy of the front and back of the Card ("Green Card") or notarized copy of U.S. visa in Passport. Click here for more info =>

  • (for Student visas staying over 90 days) Letter of Acceptence from the Chinese institution. For stays of less than 90 days, only an Invitation is needed. You may also need to appear in-person - see above

  • Former Chinese nationals must submit any old Chinese passports they still posses or previous US Passports with Chinese visas in it

  • If you are not staying in a hotel you must get a signed letter from your host and a copy of their Chinese ID card (if they are Chinese); if they are not Chinese passport holders, supply a copy of the information page of their passport  and copy of their Chinese visa. You may also need to appear in-person - see above

  • Applications for minors - please call us for additional info but be prepared to supply copies of the parents' passports and Chinese visas, original birth certificates and a letter granting permission for travel.

Please note: Currently French, Iranian, and Turkish Passport holders must appear in person to obtain a Chinese visa. Click HERE for additional info. Also, Pakistan passport holders cannot obtain a visa in the US.

The info below is only if you need documents Legalized at the Chinese Consulate; it is NOT part of the visa process.

Legalization/Authentification of Documents: Click HERE for basic information from the Chinese Consulate. Click HERE for the application. This application must be filled in using Adobe - no hand-written applications are accepted. Note: the person filling out this application must also supply a copy of their Passport or Driver's License. Call us for our fees and additional information

Processing Times and Fees:

Processing Type:

Service Fee:

Regular Processing — 4 or more Business days:
$75 (US Passport)
$100 (non-US Passport)
Rush Processing — 2 Business days:
$135 (US Passport holders)
$160 (non-US Passports)
China charges: $165 or $140 depending on processing time for visas
If your passport expires in less than a year from the date you are applying, you may be issued a shorter-term visa by the Consulate for the same cost as a 10-year visa.
If you are requesting a "Z" Visa (residency visa) or any other type of visa other than a standard tourist or business visa, use Option 2 below as fees vary. Please call us for information.  

Place order:

  1. Enter your Departure Date below, then Select a Service below that. When the pop-up window appears, click "OK" to calculate fees. Click "BUY NOW" and follow the instructions on each page. After billing, shipping and credit card info is completed you will receive shipping instructions.
  2. If you need more than one Service, either place separate orders online or use our VISA/PASSPORT ORDER FORM . Complete all information and ship it and  your documents to the address at the top of the form. Your credit card will be charged once the work is complete and we will include a receipt with your returned passport.
Type: Visa
Country: China
Departure Date: Click Here to Pick the date  << Click here to select a date
Select a Service:
Weekends and Holidays do not count as processing days.
2-Day-China Rush-Business or Tourist
Regular (4-5 days)-Business or Tourist
2-Day-Non-US Passport
Regular (4-5 days)-Non-US Passport

American Visa Service - 53 West Jackson - Suite 1226 - Chicago, IL 60604  (312) 922-8860 fax (312)922-7578


Note: Visa documents not in our office by 9:30 a.m. (CST) may be submitted the following business day and/or may be charged additional rush fees to meet a date of departure. We suggest you ship documents by UPS Early AM with signature waived as all other options generally arrive too late for submission. All passport documents will be submitted the day after they are received. AVS is not responsible for deliveries to our office. American Visa Service, Inc. is not responsible for passports lost, delayed or damaged by any government office, Consulate or delivery service. American Visa is not responsible for the websites of other offices nor for problems with those sites. Fees and/or requirements may change with little or no advance notice. All cancelled orders will incur a 10% credit card fee to cover the fees AVS is charged by Visa/MC/Amex to process charges and refunds.