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Part Two: How to Make a Visa Application
2018-04-30

 

 

 

Notice:

1, The Chinese Embassy in Bulgaria will start online systems for filling in visa application form and scheduling for a visa application appointment on July 15, 2018. Visa Applicants are kindly requested to fill in visa application form online at the China Online Visa Application or COVA (https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn), followed by scheduling an appointment online at the Appointment for Visa Application Submission or AVAS(https://avas.cs.mfa.gov.cn) before submitting the visa application.

Starting from August 16, 2018, only visa applications through COVA and AVAS are accepted.

Please be noted of the following:

(1) When processing online, the applicant must successfully upload the electronic photo that meets the system requirements.

(2)  After completing the COVA form, the applicant must print out the visa confirmation page and application form automatically generated by the system and sign it.

(3)  After completing the COVA form, the applicant must make an appointment and bring the visa confirmation page, application form and other documents to the Chinese Embassy.

(4)  Visa application fees and required materials are not subject to change.  

2, Starting from August 16th 2018, the Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Bulgaria will issue Chinese biometric visa and will collect 10 fingerprints of Chinese visa applicants, therefore, Chinese visa applicants need to come to the Embassy in person. The following applicants are exempted for fingerprint collection.

(1)  Applicants who are  less 14 years old or more than 70 years old;

(2)  Applicants who are holding diplomatic passports or who are qualified for Chinese diplomatic, service and courtesy visa;

(3)  Applicants who got Chinese visas and left their fingerprints in past 5 years and are going to apply for Chinese visas again to the same Chinese Embassy with the same passport;

(4)  Applicants whose 10 fingers are incomplete(misshapen).

 

1.  Basic Documents

(1) Passport 

Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate.

(2)  Printed Online Visa Application Form and Photo 

One  completed online Visa Application Form with a recently-taken colour passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a white background attached (Photo Requirements for Chinese Visa Application) 

(3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship) 

If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid visa or certificate of stay, residence, employment or student status of the country where you are currently staying. 

(4) Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship) 

If you are applying for a Chinese visa for the first time, you should provide your previous Chinese passport and a photocopy of its data page. 

If you have obtained Chinese visas before and want to apply for a Chinese visa with a renewed foreign passport that does not contain any Chinese visa, you should present the photocopy of the previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name on the current passport differs from that on the previous one, you must provide an official document of name change.) 

 

2. Supporting Documents  

Please select a visa category based on your purpose of visit to China

Visa Category

Eligible Applicants

C

Foreign crew members of means of international transportation, including aircraft, trains and ships, or motor vehicle drivers engaged in cross-border transport activities, or to the accompanying family members of the crew members of the above-mentioned ships.

D

Foreigners who intend to reside in China permanently.

F

Foreigners who intend to go to China for exchanges, visits, study tours and other non-business activities.

G

Foreigners who intend to transit through China.

J1

Resident foreign journalists of foreign news organizations stationed in China. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

J2

Foreign journalists who intend to go to China for short-term news coverage. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

L

Foreigners who intend to go to China as a tourist.

M

Foreigners who intend to go to China for commercial and trade activities.

Q1

Foreigners who are family members* of Chinese citizens or of foreigners with Chinese permanent residence and intend to go to China for family reunion, or to those who intend to go to China for the purpose of foster care. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

Q2

Foreigners who intend to visit their relatives who are Chinese citizens residing in China or foreigners with permanent residence in China. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

R

Foreigners who are high-level talents or whose skills are urgently needed in China.

S1

Foreigners who intend to go to China to visit the foreigners working or studying in China to whom they are spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18 or parents-in-law, or to those who intend to go to China for other private affairs. The intended duration of stay in China exceeds 180 days.

S2

Foreigners who intend to visit their family members* who are foreigners working or studying in China, or to those who intend to go to China for other private matters. The intended duration of stay in China is no more than 180 days.

X1

Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of more than 180 days.

X2

Foreigners who intend to study in China for a period of no more than 180 days.

Z

Foreigners who intend to work in China.

* Family members refer to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law. 

After you select your visa category, please prepare the supporting documents according to the following instructions: 

C Visa 

A letter of guarantee issued by a foreign transport company or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity in China 

 

D Visa 

The original and photocopy of the Confirmation Form for Foreigners Permanent Residence Status issued by the Ministry of Public Security of China. 

We kindly remind you that: 

Holders of D Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits. 

 

F Visa 

An invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation should contain: 

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.) 

(2) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures) 

(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual) 

 

G Visa 

An onward air (train or ship) ticket with confirmed date and seat to the destination country or region. 

 

J1 Visa 

Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works. 

Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance and complete relevant formalities. 

We kindly remind you that: 

Holders of J1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

J2 Visa 

Visa Notification Letter issued by the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China or other authorized units in China and an official letter issued by the media organization for which the journalist works. 

Applicants should contact the press section of the Chinese Embassy/Consulate General in advance and complete the required formalities.

 

L Visa 

Documents showing the itinerary including air ticket booking record (round trip) and proof of a hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China. The invitation letter should contain: 

(1) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.) 

(2) Information on the planned visit (arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.) 

(3) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual) 

 

M Visa 

Documents on the commercial activity issued by a trade partner in China, or trade fair invitation relevant entity or individual. The invitation letter should contain: 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.) 

b) Information on the planned visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting entity or individual, financial source for expenditures) 

c) Information on the inviting entity or individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of the legal representative or the inviting individual)

 

Q1 Visa 

For family reunion, the following documents are required: 

(1)  An invitation letter issued by a Chinese citizen or a foreign with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain: 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.) 

b) Information on the visit ( purpose of visit, intended arrival date, place(s) of intended residence, intended duration of residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting  individual, financial source for expenditures) 

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp, signature of legal representative or the inviting individual, etc.) 

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID of the inviting individual or foreign passport and permanent residence permit. 

Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between applicant and inviting individual. 

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law. 

 

For foster care, the following documents are required: 

(1)Foster entrustment notarization issued by Chinese Embassies/Consulates General in foreign countries or Foster Care Power of Attorney notarized and authenticated in the country of residence or in China

 (2)Original and photocopy of the consignor's passport(s), as well as the original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship between parents and children. 

(3)A letter of consent on foster care issued by the trustee living in China who has agreed to provide foster care services and a photocopy of the ID of the trustee. 

(4)A photocopy of the certificate indicating the permanent residence status abroad of the parent(s) when the child was born, provided that either or both parents of the child are Chinese citizens. 

We kindly remind you that: 

Holders of Q1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

Q2 Visa 

(1)An invitation letter by a Chinese citizen or a foreign citizen with a Chinese permanent residence permit who lives in China. The invitation letter should contain: 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.) 

b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures) 

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact number, address, signature etc.) 

(2) Photocopy of Chinese ID or foreign passport and permanent residence permit of the inviting individual

 

R Visa 

The applicant should submit relevant certification in accordance with relevant regulations, and meet the relevant requirements of the competent authorities of the Chinese government on high-level talents and individual with special skills urgently needed by China,

 

S1 Visa 

(1) An invitation letter from the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains: 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.) 

b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place of intended residence, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.) 

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.) 

(2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's passport and residence permit. 

(3)Original and photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate, certification of kinship issued by Public Security Bureau or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of immediate family members between applicants and inviting individual. 

"immediate family members " refers to spouses, parents, sons or daughters under the age of 18, parents-in-law.

 We kindly remind you that: 

Holders of S1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

S2-Visa 

 

For visiting family members for a short period, the following documents are required: 

(1)An invitation letter issued by the inviting individual (a foreigner who stays or resides in China for work or studies) which contains: 

a) Information on the applicant (full name, gender, date of birth, etc.)

 b) Information on the visit (purpose of visit, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, relations between the applicant and the inviting individual, financial source for expenditures, etc.) 

c) Information on the inviting individual (name, contact telephone number, address, signature, etc.) 

(2) A photocopy of the inviting individual's (a foreigner who stays or lives inChina for work or studies) passport and residence permit 

(3) Photocopy of certification (marriage certificate, birth certificate or notarized certification of kinship) showing the relationship of family members between the applicant and the inviting individual. 

"Family members" refers to spouses, parents, sons, daughters, spouses of sons or daughters, brothers, sisters, grandparents, grandsons, granddaughters and parents-in-law.

 

For private affairs, documentation identifying the nature of the private affairs should be provided as required by the consular officer.

 

X1-Visa 

(1) Original and photocopy of the Admission Letter issued by a school or otherentities in China. 

(2) Original and photocopy of "Visa Application for Study in China" (Form JW201 or Form JW202). 

We kindly remind you that: 

Holders of X1 Visa shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits.

 

X2-Visa 

Original and photocopy of Admission Notice issued by a school or other entities in China.

 

Z-Visa 

One of the following documents for those who shall stay for more than 90 days after entry: 

(1) Foreigners Employment Permit of the People's Republic of China, both original and copy,or Notification Letter of Foreigner's Work Permit in the People's Republic of China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security. 

(2) Permit for Foreign Experts Working in China issued by the State Bureau of Foreign Experts, both original and copy. 

(3) Registration Certificate of Resident Representative Offices of enterprises of foreign countries(regions) issued by Chinese authorities of industrial and commercial administration. 

(4) An approval document for commercial performances issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs , both original and copy. 

(5)Letter of Invitation to Foreigners for Offshore Petroleum Operations in Chinaissued by China National Offshore Oil Corporation, both original and copy.

 

One of the following documents for those who shall stay no more than 90 days after entry: 

(1) Foreigners Employment Permit of the People's Republic of China and Approval of Short-Term Employment For Foreigners Working in China issued by Chinese government authorities for Human Resources and Social Security, both original and copy. 

(2) An approval document for commercial performances and Approval of Short-Term Employment For Foreigners Working in China issued by the Chinese government authorities for cultural affairs, both original and copy. 

 

We kindly remind you that:

Holders of Z Visa which duration of stay is more than 30 days shall, within 30 days from the date of their entry, apply to the exit/entry administrations of public security organizations under local people's governments at or above the county level in the proposed places of residence for foreigners' residence permits. 

 

Special Reminder 

(1) The invitation letter may be in the form of fax, photocopy or computer printout, but the consular officer may require the applicant to submit the original of the invitation letter. 

(2) If necessary, the consular officer may require the applicant to provide other documents or supplementary materials, or require an interview with the applicant. 

(3) The consular officer will decide on whether or not to issue the visa and on its validity, duration of stay and number of entries in light of specific conditions of the applicant. 

(4) For further details, please visit the web-site of the relevant Chinese Embassy or Consulate General. 

 

3. How to apply 

(1) Applicants need to come to the Embassy in person for leaving fingerprints.The following applicants are exempted for fingerprint collection: (a) Applicants who are  less 14 years old or more than 70 years old; (b) Applicants who are holding diplomatic passports or who are qualified for Chinese diplomatic, service and courtesy visa; (c) Applicants who got Chinese visas and left their fingerprints in past 5 years and are going to apply for Chinese visas again to the same Chinese Embassy with the same passport; (d) Applicants whose 10 fingers are incomplete(misshapen).

(2) Appointments are required. Postal applications are not available.

(3) Some applicants may be required to attend an interview or to verify the signatures on the application documents,if necessary.

 

4. Processing time 

(1)Regular application:  5 working days

(2)Express application:  2-3 working days 

 

5. Visa application fees  

(1) Visa fees

 

Nationality

Bulgarian

Argentine

American

Brazilian

Canadian

Israeli

Others

Single entry

$80

$150

$140

$100

$85

$30

$40

Double entries

$120

$150

$140

$100

$85

$30

$60

Multiple entries in half a year

$160

$150

$140

$100

$85

$30

$80

Multiple entries for one year or more than one year

$240

$150

$140

$100

$85

$30

$120

    Visa fee for certain non-Bulgarian citizens may vary from the list above based on reciprocal agreements. Please check with the Visa Office for special fees.

 

(2) Express service fee: $25 for each visa  

 

6. How to pay 

Applicant is required to make payment to the designated bank.The payment information is as follows:

 

Bank Name: First Investment Bank

Account Name: Embassy of the People's Republic of China

IBAN:             BG02FINV91501015439740

BIC:               FINVBGSF

 

Please note:

(1) Applicant should ask for Invoice from bank after making payment. The number of pick-up form should be borne in the invoice.

(2) Applicant collect his passport in the Embassy by showing the pick-up form and the invoice.

 

7. Notes 

(1) Each item of the application form must be filled truthfully, clearly and completely. Any false information, missed items or illegible handwriting may lead to delay of the application processing or even refusal of the visa application. 

(2) According to Chinese laws and regulations, Visa officers make decisions on the validity period, number of entries, and the duration of each stay of a visa. Visa officers may interview certain applicants and collect their 10 fingerprints.

(3) Normally,applicants submit their visa applications to the Embassy one month in advance before their departure.   

(4) Authoritative interpretation remains with the Embassy should there be any change to the information above.

 

 

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