Asked by Don Dean from Australia | Mar. 09, 2012 05:26
About:Policy for Foreigners with Immediate Family Living in China

Renewing a Family Visit Visa

I have applied for a family visit visa for 1 year and was told that this visa is only available for 6 months and I was given a visa for 6 months. Is this visa available for only 6 months or a year?

Having received a 6 month visa, I will wish to renew it before it expires. Do I need to supply all the supporting documentation (notarised translation copy of marriage certificate,etc) produced for the intial visa when I apply for a renewal, or do I just need to complete the form? What are the requirements? This information is not readily available and it is difficult to find someone at the Ministry Office to understand and answer this question. Thank you.

Answers (1)
Answered by Vivian from Australia | Mar. 12, 2012 22:16
Yes, the family visit visa permits you to stay in China for 180 days (about 6 months) at most. After you stay in China for 180 days, you have to renew your visa if you want to continue to stay in China. You can renew it 2 weeks before the expiry date of your visa. You need to supply all the supporting documentation, notarised translation copy of marriage certificate, the intial visa when I apply for a renewal, complete the forms, one passport photo, your wife's Chinese passport or ID card and household registration are also required.
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