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Your Comprehensive Guide To China Business Visas: Application, Requirements & Fees

Last Update: 24-04-2024

⚡Quick Summary

Is a visa required for Indians visiting China for business?

Yes, all Indian passport holders require a visa to visit China for business related purposes.

Processing time for a China business visa

5 Working Days

China business visa fees for Indians

  • Visa Fees: INR 2,900/- 
  • Service Fees: INR 1,861/-

Validity of the China business visa

90 Days

Allowed stay duration on a China business visa

30 Days

How to apply for a China business visa

  1. Apply through Teleport in minutes.
  2. Apply through the Government Portal

Required documents for a China business visa

  1. Passport 
  2. 2 Photographs
  3. Vaccination Certificate
  4. Covering letter from the Indian company
  5. Invitation letter from the Chinese company
  6. Flight and Hotel Bookings
  7. Bank Statement (last 6 months)
  8. Old Chinese Visa (if any)
  9. See other documents

Table of Contents


  1. Introduction
  2. What is a China Business Visa for Indians?
  3. Eligibility for China Business Visa
  4. Documents Required for a China Business Visa
  5. Photo Specifications of China Business Visa for Indians
  6. How to Apply for a China Business Visa?
  7. China Business Visa Processing Time
  8. China Business Visa Fees
  9. Validity of China Business Visa
  10. Renewal and Extension Procedures for China Business Visas
  11. How to Check the China Business Visa Status?
  12. Reason for China Business Visa Rejections
  13. Conclusion
  14. FAQs

Introduction

Planning a business trip from India to China? This guide provides all the essential information Indian travellers need to successfully apply for a China business visa for Indians.

We cover everything from required documents to the application process and associated fees. If you need additional help, feel free to contact Team Teleport at 073148 52914 or send us a message on WhatsApp.

Ready to start your business journey to China? Let's get going!

What is a China Business Visa for Indians?

A China business visa for Indians, officially known as the China M visa, is a type of visa issued to Indian nationals who intend to visit China for business-related purposes. This visa allows Indian citizens to engage in various business activities in China, such as attending trade fairs, conferences, meetings, and negotiating contracts.

Eligibility for China Business Visa

Indian citizens applying for a business visa to China must fulfil specific eligibility criteria and furnish various documents as part of the application process. Here's a general outline of what is typically required:

Valid Passport: The passport must have a validity of at least six months beyond the intended stay in China and contain at least one blank visa page.

Purpose of Visit: The primary purpose of the visit should be for engaging in business activities such as meetings, negotiations, conferences, or trade exhibitions. Documentation supporting this, like an invitation letter from the Chinese company, is necessary.

Invitation Letter: A formal invitation letter from the Chinese company you plan to visit is essential. This letter should provide details about the nature of the business relationship, the duration of the visit, and the specific purpose of the trip.

Documents Required for a China Business Visa

Mandatory Documents

Original Passport

Valid for at least 6 months

Visa Application Form

Complete the online application form with a valid signature.

Photograph

  • Two recent photographs
  • Dimensions: 33mm x 48mm
  • Matte finish,
  • 80% face visibility,
  • White background,
  • Ears should be visible.

Invitation Letter

An invitation letter from the inviting Chinese company, including details of the authorised signatory.

Covid Vaccine Certificate

Provide a vaccination certificate linked with the passport.

Old Chinese Visa Covering Letter from Indian Company

  • Previous Chinese visa copy if any
  • Covering letter from the Indian Company
  • Exhibition Letter: If the purpose of travel is for an exhibition, provide the exhibition letter along with the hotel voucher.

Flight Tickets

Onward and return flight tickets.

Hotel Bookings

Hotel confirmation from China on hotel letterhead with a seal and signature.

Travel Itinerary

Provide details of the planned visit, including arrival and departure dates, places to be visited, and accommodation arrangements.

Bank Statement

  • Include the original last six-month bank statement with a stamp and signature on each page
  • Minimum recommended bank balance of INR 2,00,000/-

Photo Specifications of China Business Visa for Indians

  1. Colour and Background: The photo must be in colour with a white background and taken within the last six months.
  2. Size and Head Position: The photo size should be 48mmx33mm, with the width of the head between 15mm to 22mm and the height of the head between 28mm to 33mm. The entire head and face should be clearly visible, with a neutral facial expression, eyes open, lips closed, and ears visible. The head position should not tilt more than 20° left or right, or 25° up or down.
  3. Facial Features and Accessories: Facial features should be complete and clearly visible, with the head centred in the photo. Eyeglasses are allowed, except for thick-rimmed, tinted, or glare glasses. Hats or other headwear are permitted only for religious reasons, but they should not obscure any facial features.
  4. Condition of the Photo: The photo should be free from damages or impurities, with no permeation or shadows over the face. It should be in a natural tone, without being over or underexposed, red-eyed, or distorted.
  5. Background: The background should be white without any edge frame. Photos depicting scenes of everyday life are not accepted.
  6. Printing and Paper: The photo should be printed on glossy finish photo paper, not on matte finish paper or plain paper. It should be free from stains, scratches, or creases.

Photo Specifications of China Business Visa

How to Apply for a China Business Visa?

Apply for China Visa through Teleport

Step 1: Initiate Your Application Process

Visit the Teleport China visa portal and begin your China visa application by clicking 'Start Application.' Choose the appropriate visa type for your travel purpose. Teleport provides options of both China tourist visa and business visa.

Step 2: Input Your Information and Complete Payment

Enter your passport details, select your preferred payment option (full or partial), and follow the prompts provided by Teleport to input personal details.

Step 3: Compile Your Required Documents

A Teleport Relationship Manager will assist you in gathering all necessary documents for your China business visa application.

Step 4: Schedule Your Appointment at the Visa Application Center

Your designated Relationship Manager will arrange an appointment at your chosen visa application centre based on availability.

Step 5: Attend Your Appointment

Arrive at the visa application centre at the scheduled time to provide biometric data and submit the required documentation.

✅ Teleport ensures the accuracy of your application and documents before submission.

✅ Receive real-time updates on your visa application status via WhatsApp and email notifications from Teleport.

You'll be informed of the embassy's decision through the Teleport platform. Upon visa approval, you can easily download it from your Teleport Dashboard.

Important Information

Starting from November 20, 2023, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China has announced the suspension of online appointments for Chinese Visa submission at the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Mumbai. Instead, applicants are advised to walk in and submit their applications directly at the Visa Centre.

Apply through the Chinese Government Visa Portal

Step 1: Determine Visa Type

Identify the appropriate visa category for your business trip to China and ensure you meet the eligibility requirements. Familiarise yourself with the necessary documents, processing times, and fees.

Step 2: Gather Required Documents

Collect all the documents specified for a China business visa, ensuring they adhere to the visa criteria. If any of your documents are not in English, arrange for certified translations to expedite the application process.

Step 3: Initiate the Application

Visit the official Online Application Website and navigate to the 'New Application Form' section to begin filling out your application.

Step 4: Complete the Application Form

Take the necessary time to accurately fill in all the required information on the application form. Upon completion, review the form thoroughly before printing it for submission.

Application Process

Step 5: Schedule an Appointment

Proceed to book your appointment at the visa application centre once you've filled out the application form. Access the 'Manage Appointment' section on the official visa portal and provide your Appointment No./Application No. and contact details to confirm your appointment.

You can personally submit your visa application or authorise a third party to do so on your behalf. Note that applications are only processed for individuals physically present in India.

Note

If you are not currently in the country where the Visa Centre is located, please apply from your usual place of residence or upon your return. Application acceptance is restricted to those lawfully residing in the country where the Visa Centre operates.

Confirm your eligibility to apply through the Visa Centre by checking the consular districts of the Chinese Embassy in India.

Step 6: Settle Visa Fees

Choose your preferred payment method—either Cash or Demand Draft—at the visa centre. After payment, proceed to submit your application.

Step 7: Monitor Application Status

Track the progress of your China visa application by accessing the 'History' section on the official visa portal. Use either your Pickup Form number and contact number or your Application number along with your Passport number to check your visa status.

Step 8: Receive your eVisa

Upon successful submission of your application and payment of fees, anticipate receiving your visa within approximately 5 working days. Opt for either courier delivery of your passport containing the attached business visa or collect it directly from the visa application centre.

China Business Visa Processing Time

The China business visa processing time for Indian citizens typically takes around 5 to 7 working days from the date of application submission. However, this may vary depending on factors such as the volume of applications and any additional processing requirements. It's advisable to apply at least 2 weeks prior to your trip. You can also opt for an express processing with an additional fee.

China Business Visa Fees

Visa TypeFee TypeFees (in INR)

Business Visa (Type - M)

Visa fees

2,900

Business Visa (Type - M)

Service fees

1,861

Validity of China Business Visa

The validity of a China business visa for Indians typically allows for stays of up to 30 days within a 90-day period. However, the actual duration may vary, as it is determined at the discretion of the embassy or consulate. While the visa can be issued for a maximum validity of 90 days, this is not guaranteed for every application.

Renewal and Extension Procedures for China Business Visas

Foreign nationals invited to China for business purposes need to prepare the following documents for their visa extension:

  1. Ensure your passport is valid and present other necessary international travel documents.
  2. Complete the VISA / STAY PERMIT / RESIDENCE PERMIT APPLICATION FORM with a recent, colour passport-size photo taken against a white background.
  3. Provide valid accommodation registration obtained from the local police station or your present residence's hotel.
  4. Include relevant certificates of the host organisation demonstrating its legal status in Beijing, such as enterprise business licence or Registration Certificates of Permanent Representative Institutions of Foreign (Regional) Enterprises. Note: For subsequent applications under the same host organisation, these documents may not be required.
  5. For current M visa holders, provide a certification letter from the host organisation or individual inviting you to China, detailing your travel arrangements. Individual hosts or partners should provide a signed certification letter along with proof of Beijing residency.

M visa holders can apply for extensions up to 180 days or renewals with a validity of less than one year and a stay duration of fewer than 180 days, with various entry numbers from zero to multiple. However, the total stay duration with the renewed visa cannot exceed one year from the latest entry into China.

Applicants may need to undergo a face-to-face interview. However, those aged above 60 or with disabilities may have representatives submit applications on their behalf, with proper documentation. Foreign language documents (excluding English) should be translated into Chinese. Applicants who haven't nullified their Chinese household registration should do so before applying.

Foreigners residing in China should apply for visa extensions at least seven days before their current visa expires. During the processing period, applicants can legally stay and travel within China with the application receipt notice.

The exit-entry administration authority may verify the application's purpose through various means. Decisions regarding visa extensions or reissuance are final, and the interpretation of these instructions rests with the Exit-Entry Administration Department of the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.

How to Check the China Business Visa Status?

Track Your China Visa Application using Teleport Dashboard

Keep tabs on your China visa application effortlessly with Teleport's dashboard. Also, receive real-time updates via WhatsApp and Email as your application progresses.

Access Your Application Status on the Teleport Dashboard:

  1. Visit the Teleport Dashboard.
  2. Navigate to "Your Applications."
  3. Select the submitted application to view its current status.

Check China Visa Status Via Government Portal

Alternatively, you can track your visa status through the official government application portal. Simply follow these steps:

  1. Visit the official visa portal.
  2. Click on "History" and then select the "Status" section.
  3. Enter either your Pickup Form number and contact number or your Application number along with your Passport number to check your visa status.

Check China Visa Status Via Government Portal

Reason for China Business Visa Rejections

China business visa rejections for Indians can occur due to various reasons, including:

  1. Incomplete Documentation: Failure to provide all required documents, such as invitation letters, proof of accommodation, or relevant certificates from the host organisation, can lead to rejection.
  2. Inaccurate Information: Providing incorrect or inconsistent information in the visa application form can raise concerns and result in rejection.
  3. Insufficient Financial Proof: Inadequate evidence of financial stability or inability to cover expenses during the stay in China may lead to visa rejection. Recommended bank balance for China business visa application is INR 2,00,000 per applicant.
  4. Lack of Clear Purpose: Unclear or vague business purposes for the visit, or suspicions regarding the genuineness of the stated reasons, can result in rejection.
  5. Previous Violations: Past violations of visa regulations or overstays in China can negatively impact future visa applications.
  6. Overstay or Violation of Previous Visas: If the applicant has a history of overstaying or violating previous visa terms, it can significantly reduce the chances of approval for a new visa.

It's essential for applicants to carefully review and adhere to all visa requirements, ensure accuracy and completeness of documentation, and provide clear and credible explanations for their intended business activities in China to minimise the risk of rejection.

Conclusion

Securing a China business visa can be quite straightforward with the right guidance. Just ensure that you meet all the specific requirements for your business-related travel. 

Make your China business visa application process easier by considering Teleport. Our user-friendly platform ensures that your application meets all the necessary standards without hassle.

If you have any inquiries or need assistance, feel free to reach out to us. Our dedicated team is here to provide support and help you every step of the way.

Call us at 073148 52914 or message us on WhatsApp for any assistance you may require.

Safe travels!

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