How to get an Invitation Letter for a Chinese Visa?



Does China Visa require an invitation letter?

A letter of invitation is compulsory when requesting for most types of Chinese visas, like F Visa, Business (M) Visa, Work (Z) Visa, Family Reunion (Q1/Q1)Visa, Private (S1/S2 Visa), China Crew (C) Visa, etc.

Tourist Visa and Chinese Transit Visa are two special cases. No invitation letter is required for the transit visa when you have confirmed connecting ticket. If you are invited by your friends or a travel agent for a trip to China, a visa invitation letter is required. But, independent tourists may choose to submit only the itinerary (proof of hotel reservation and flight ticket booking). There is no need to arrange an invitation letter if you have no friends, family, relatives, or invitation parties in China. If you create an invitation letter from strangers, your visit will become suspicious and even lead to visa refusal.

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What must be included in the Chinese Visa Invitation Letter?

There are several types of invitation letters for various visa categories. In general, three primary sections of details must be included in the visa invitation letter, including information about the invitee, the inviter, and the invitation. The rule and regulations apply to several types of Chinese visas. Below are visa letter instructions for Chinese tourist and business visas, two of the most common visas for visitors to China.

Chinese Tourist Visa Invitation Letter (L-Visa):

The Chinese Tourist Visa Invitation Letter should refer to the invited tour in China. It may be written by an organization or a person and contain the following information:

1. Information about the applicant (invited person)

The information about the invitee person includes the full name, gender, date of birth, passport number, contact phone number, email address, nationality, relationship to the inviting person/entity, etc.

2. Details of the inviting person/entity (Inviter)

The details about the inviting person include the full name, the status of residence in China (certificate of ownership, lease agreement, etc.), official stamp, contact phone number, address, email, a signature of the inviting person or organization, etc.

3. Information about the intended tour

  • Purpose of Travel
  • Itinerary (Planned route)

China Business Visa Invitation Letter (M Visa):

An official letter of invitation is needed when applying for a business visa to China for trade and commercial activities. The letter should contain accurate data and details about the trade visit and be issued by the host organization or a trade partner in China. The actual content of the invitation letter should include:

1. Information about the applicant (invited person)

The information about the invitee person includes the full personal name, nationality, date of birth, passport number, contact phone number, email address, gender, relationship to the inviting person/entity, etc.

2. Details of the inviting person (Inviter)

Details about the inviting person include full name, address, email, official stamp, contact number, the signature of the inviting person, copy of domestic agency's business license and organization code attached with an official seal, etc.

3. Business visit information

  • Reason for visiting China.
  • Schedule (departure and arrival dates, places you will visit and stay overnight, reserved round-trip tickets).
  • Business relationship certification between the two parties (receipt, contract, or another business document).
  • Proof of financial support.

One last essential piece of information is that the letter of invitation must be approved by the government agency in the business city of the inviting institution.

Otherwise, the Chinese Consulate or Embassy will not process your M visa application.

Get Invitation Letter Services by PassportsandVisas.com:

You can utilize our company services to issue the invitation letter to the People's Republic of China. You can also get information about the timeframe and cost for organizing your invitation by calling our staff or visiting our website PassportsandVisas.com.

 

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