Chinese Visa Service

This page is intended for English speakers only. If you are able to read Chinese, please refer to 中国签证的办理 as you will need to fill the forms in Chinese if you are Chinese speaker.

Chinese American Association - Rocky Mountain Region (CAA) will assist residents of Greater Denver Area applying for Chinese visas during the month of March 2017. Most Chinese visas are valid for up to 10 years which means you can simply apply for one and then make your travel plan even after couple years. This will give you great flexibility. This page will walk you through all the steps toward applying for a Chinese visa. CAA will provide free consultation on applying for Chinese visas. If you have any question, feel free to call us or email us.

Please note, CAA is a non-profit organization, all our members are volunteers. We only charge small amount of fee to cover the shipping cost and location rentals. We provide visa services in bulk, that’s why using us are much cheaper. It takes us about a month to get your visa stamped, if you need expedited service, please contact commercial visa service companies, they may help you get visa stamped within a week.

Locations, Dates and Times

We will be collecting the application package in the following locations during the following dates and times.

Denver Boulder Fort Collins

Great Wall Chinese Academy
Highlands Ranch High School

9375 Cresthill Ln
Highlands Ranch, CO 80130

Dates and times: 3/12/17, 3/26/17. 2:00 to 4:00pm

CAA members:Mimi Feng, Yunfeng Yang

Bohua Chinese School
Fairview High School

1515 Greenbriar Blvd
Boulder, CO 80305

Dates and times: 3/12/17, 3/19/17, 1:00 to 3:00pm 

CAA members: Xiaoyuan Chen, Shandong Lao 

Huaxing Chinese School at Fort Collins
Ridgeview Classical Schools

1800 S Lemay Ave
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Dates and times: 3/19/2017, 3/26/2017 1:00-3:00pm
CAA members: Jun Zhang

Denver Chinese School Highlands Ranch Campus
Rock Canyon High School

5810 McArthur Ranch Rd
Highlands Ranch, CO 80124

Dates and times: 3/12/17, 3/26/17. 2:00 to 4:00pm

CAA members: 3/12, Jing Kroll, Fanghong Wang, Bin Xu; 3/26 Jing Kroll, Fanghong Wang, Jun Zhou

Denver Chinese School DTC Campus
JCCC Joyous Chinese Cultural Center

6940 S Holly Circle, Centennial, CO,80112

Dates and times: 3/12/17, 3/19/17.  2:00 to 4:00pm

CAA members: Fang Zhang, Shaobing Li, Yimu Yang

Cost

US citizens: $180
Canadian citizens, Australian citizens: $130
All other citizens: We collect $130 and we may issues a refund when we return your passport

We accept cash or check (personal check is OK), you pay when you submit your documents. If you pay by check, wite “CAA” as payee.

All fees listed above include $40 CAA's processing fee.

Detailed Process

1. Check if You Are Eligible for Applying for a Chinese Visa

In general, if you are holding a non-Chinese passport, you are eligible for applying for a Chinese visa. However, in the following two senarios, you are NOT eligible for applying for a Chinese visa

  • You are under the age of 18, and you were born outside China. At the time you were born, one of your parents was Chinese citizen, one of your parents was non-Chinese citizen. Your Chinese citizen parent did not hold a permanent resident card for the country you were born (for example you were born in USA and your Chinese citizen parent did not hold a green card).
  • You are under the age of 18, and you were born outside China. At the time you were born, both of your parents were Chinese citizens. None of your parents held a permanent resident card for the country you were born (for example you were born in USA and your Chinese citizen parent did not hold a green card).

2. Decide Which Visa Type You Are Applying

Currently, we assist applicants on two types of visa: Tourist visa (L visa) and family reunion visa (Q2 visa). Both visas valid for up to 10 years for US citizens. The visa fees are the same. See below comparison chart for the differences:

  Tourist visa (L visa) Family reunion visa (Q2 visa)
Supporting documents

1. Air ticket itinerary

2. Hotel reservation

1. Invitation letter. Invitation letter must be written by a Chinese citizen or foreign national holding a Chinese permanent card (Chinese green card).

2. Photocopies of inviter's national ID card or permanent resident card.

Maximum length of stay for each entry

Up to 60 days

Please note, it is up to visa officer's discretion on the maximum length of stay. CAA cannot gurantee you will get the maximum length of stay listed above.

Up to 180 days if inviter is your immediate family member;
Up to 90 days if inviter is your friend or non-immediate family member

Please note, it is up to visa officer's discretion on the maximum length of stay. CAA cannot gurantee you will get the maximum length of stay listed above.

CAA will also assist applicants on other types of visas. If you need to apply a visa other than tourist visa and family reunion visa. Please skip the below steps and contact us.

3. Download the Application Package

Please download the corresponding visa application package based on your visa type and follow the instruction in the checklist.

Tourist visa (L visa) Family reunion visa (Q2 visa)

Tourist visa checklist
caa_chinese_visa_l_en.pdf

Visa application form
chinese_visa_application.pdf

Tourist visa application form sample
chinese_visa_application_l_sample_en.pdf

Air ticket itinerary
air_ticket_sample.pdf

Hotel reservation sample
hotel_reservation_sample.pdf

Family reunion visa checklist
caa_chinese_visa_q2_en.pdf

Visa application form
chinese_visa_application.pdf

Family reunion visa application form sample
chinese_visa_application_q2_sample_en.pdf

Invation letter sample (This form must be written in Chinese, please send this file to the inviter to fill up)

invitation_cn.pdf

 

4. Submitting the Documents

Please gather all the documents mentioned in the checklist and bring the documents to any of our locations listed above during our documents collection dates and times. When you gather your documents, make sure the checklist is on top followed by the documents mentioned in the checklist. CAA members will check all your documents and make sure everything is good order. We will take your documents (including your passport) and issue you a receipt.

 

5. Picking Up Your Passport

Please pick up your passport on April 30 in the location where you submitted your documents (if you cannot make there, contact us and pick up your passport at CAA office). Please bring your receipt with you! CAA will do our best to make sure all your documents meet China consulate's standard. However CAA cannot gurantee you a visa nor gurantee your visa is valid for 10 years. It is up to visa officer's discretion on whether visa is approved or not. It is also up to visa officer's discretion on the validation length of the visa. No refund will be issued if visa application is denied by the China consulate.

Help and FAQs

If you need help, our contact information is on the bottom of the page.

Q: I sumitted my documents to you, but I need to my passport before April 30.
We will hold your application package and we will not submit your application package to the Consulate until after 3/27. So if you need your passport, let us know ASAP, we will return your application package along with your application fee. If you need your passport after we submited your documents to the consulate, you will have to contact the consulate to get it. We will have your passports in hand by April 30, so if you do have to get your passport sooner, please contact us and pick up your passport in our office (address below).

Q: Can I get a 10 year visa?
A: Most US citizens will get 10 year visa. Most Canadian and Australian citizens will get a visa valid up to the passport expiration date. All other citizens' valid dates varies, but valid dates are definitely no longer than 10 years or passport expiration date.  It is up to visa officer's discretion on the validation length of the visa.

Q: Can I enter Hong Kong or Macau with a Chinese visa?
A: The answer is yes and no. If you are holding US or Canada or Australia passport, you don't need a visa to visit Hong Kong or Macau. If you are holding other countries passports and not sure you need a visa or not. You will need to check if you need a Hong Kong or Macau visa to enter these areas. Chinese visa will not help entering these areas.

Q: Why your visa fee is so cheap compare to other companies?
A: We are a non-profit organization. All our members are volunteers. Nobody inside our organization is on payroll. We only charge $40 for each visa to cover our location rental cost, shipping the documents to and from the China Consulate in Chicago.

Q: Do you provide Chinese visa service outside the dates and times listed above?
A: No, we only provide visa service once a year. Usually during the month of March. If you need Chinese visa service outside March frame, please hire commercial visa company.

Q: Can I apply for the Chinese visa myself instead of using CAA or other visa service company?
A: Yes. You can, but you will have to fly to Chicago yourself. China Consulate in Chicago only provide walk in visa service.

Q: Are you legitimate? You are not scammers trying to steal passports or personal information?
A: Absolutely! Our organization was established in the year of 2000. We are a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization. On some events we hosted, we even invited the Secretary of State of Colorado Wayne Williams. Check the video of one of our events: 2017 Denver Embrace China - Beautiful Jiangxi