X2 Student Visa for China - Step by Step Application Process
In order to be granted an X2 Student Visa, you will need certain documents from our school, and then you will need to apply for the visa at an embassy or consulate in a country other than P.R. China.
Please be aware that Chinese visa regulations require that you have residence status in the country where you are applying. Whilst it may be possible get the visa in other countries, this is at the discretion of the embassy/consulate and is absolutely not guaranteed. To avoid delays and disappointment we always advise our students to apply in their home nation.
The documents you will need from us are:
- Acceptance letter
- Admissions Notice
- Official stamped copy of our school teaching license
Other documents you will need will vary depending on the country where you are applying, so you should check the local embassy or consulate for advice. You may also want to visit www.visaforchina.org for more information as this is the official Chinese visa application portal.
As a general rule, you will need:
- X2 Student Visa application
- Lots of passport style photos, we recommend 5 but you should check before you apply.
1. Choose your course
Before you are eligible for visa support, you will need to confirm your place on a course at our school. We offer support on all of our programs with a minimum requirement of 4 hours of lessons per week.
If you choose to study flexible private lessons or intensive group classes, there is no additional processing fee for visa support.
If you are studying on our Regular Group Classes, there is an additional processing fee of 400RMB per month for visa support.
2. Confirm your details and dates
After you have decided which type of lessons you would like to study, and you know the dates you would like to be in China, you'll need to confirm this to us and pay your tuition fees in full before we send your visa application materials. You should view our full terms and conditions at https://www.mmmandarin.com/terms
In order to prepare your visa application materials for you, we require:
- Your confirmed start date
- Your proposed length of study in months (visas are for multiples of 30 days)
- A scanned colour copy of your passport information page
- Payment of tuition fees
- Telephone number
- Address in home nation
- Delivery address (if different)
(should not be a PO box as the courier will require a signature)
3. Receive your documents and apply
We use express couriers so delivery of the documents normally takes a few days to most of the world, although you should allow about 7-10 days for delivery, just to be safe. You will receive a tracking code so you can check the progress of your documents and make sure you are available to receive them when they arrive.
After you have everything, you will need to apply for an X2 student visa in your home nation. It may be possible to receive the visa in a nation where you are not currently resident but this is not guaranteed and is wholly up to the discretion of the embassy/consulate. Any program relying on visa support is sold on the condition that the student should apply in their home nation or a nation where they have official residence status, and only if the visa application is unsuccessful there will the student be eligible for a full refund.
Under normal circumstances, the application process should take 3-4 days to process and have you passport and visa returned to you. Most visa centres operate an expedited service allowing you to get the process done in significantly less time, sometimes as little as 24 hours.
In other locations the process can take a little longer. For example, in London you will need to make an appointment at the visa centre in order to then apply for the visa. Since appointments are often booked up at least a week in advance, this can mean that if you haven't made an appointment you'll need to add an extra week to your schedule, so do make sure that you check with your local visa centre before you go so that you are familiar with the requirements of that particular location.
Ideally, you should apply about a month before you plan to travel to China. This is in the perfect window of time that it's not too early but leaves lots of room for resubmitting documents or attending any interviews in case the embassy staff wish to meet you.
4. Get your visa and head to Beijing
Once you've received your passport back with your visa in it, you will see that it has an "Enter before" date. To state the obvious, you will need to be in China before this date, so make sure to book a flight and try not to make it too close. Bear in mind that China's timezone is UTC +8, so if you are flying on your 'enter before' date, you may end up landing in China after the date and being denied entry... which is not fun. You should aim to be in China at least a few days earlier than this date, but there is no limit on how early. Once you have received your visa, you are welcome to fly to China the same day.
If you do come to China early, you should remember that your visa will be valid for a certain number of days. If your visa expires before you want to leave China you will need to extend your visa. Do not overstay your visa (!), as this will affect your ability to get a visa in the future.
Once you've booked your plane tickets and finalised your plans, please let us know so that we can make sure all your teachers and classmates are expecting you! 好好学习天天向上！