Chengdu Visa

Before coming out to China and starting your course with LTL you will need to apply for a Chinese student visa.

LTL is an accredited Chinese language school, which means we are able to issue visa invitation letters for all full time LTL students.

How you apply for your Chengdu visa depends on a number of factors such as your nationality, the country you’re living in and your previous Chinese visa history.

Chengdu Visa

  • Chinese visa invitations
  • Visa application support
  • Accommodation confirmations
  • Reliable partner visa agencies
  • Quick, simple & efficient

The process of applying for your visa also varies in each Chinese Embassy or Consulate and even official government information can be outdated or incorrect.

However, don’t worry as LTL has years of experience providing visa support and our team are here to help guide you through the process.

  • Visa invitation documents

    Visa invitation documents

    Invitation letters - School admission notice and study visa invitation letter

    Accommodation confirmation - Get your accommodation confirmation letter

    Payment confirmation - Course documents to support your application

    Originals - We can organize delivering the originals via DHL to your home

  • Visa support

    Visa support

    Experienced - We have guided thousands of students through the process

    Support - Let us advise you on how to apply and which documents to submit

    Guidance - If you have any questions, just ask us

    Visa agencies - We know which ones are reliable and which are not

The Chengdu Visa Process

In order for us to start your Chengdu visa process you will first need to book your Chinese course with us.

Chengdu Visa - Get yours with LTL
Chengdu Visa – Get yours with LTL

After you’ve booked your Chinese course you need to send your Student Advisor a scan of your passport along with your planned arrival and departure dates.

Once we receive your passport scan we will issue you with your visa documents via email within 24 hours (or less if you are in a rush.)

Some embassies require originals of the visa documents, please check with your local embassy whether this is a requirement.

If originals are needed we will arrange for them to be sent to you (see delivery charges below.)

It is important that when you receive your visa documents you check that all of your personal information and your course dates are correct.

If you have any more questions about the visa process please check our FAQ below where we have tried to answer the most common queries.

Chengdu Visa Fee

Visa Invitation Documents

Visa document Price
Visa for <90 days FREE
Visa for >90 days 1200 CNY
Visa extension documents in China FREE

Extended Visa Validity

Duration Price
<14 days FREE
14-31 days 500 CNY
>31 days N/A

If you want some extra time to travel round China before or after your course then we can organise it for you, please see the fees below that apply:

Chengdu Student Visa – Document Delivery

Unless you tell us, we will always send you the electronic copies of your Chinese visa documents first so you can apply with them and save yourself the DHL courier charges.

Electronic documents Original documents
FREE DHL charges, depending on your location

Frequently Asked Questions

How long will it take to apply for a Chengdu visa?

This depends very much on the embassy you are applying at. Some offer 24 hour express rush service, while others can take up to a week or longer.

It’s always a good idea to apply early to avoid potential problems. Also remember that for example a 24 hour rush service doesn’t mean that the embassy is obliged to process your visa application within a day.

If they have any questions or are just very busy that day it might still take longer, so always try to give yourself as much extra time as possible.

How long in advance can I apply for a Chengdu visa?

This depends on the embassy.

In most Chinese embassies you will only be allowed to apply for a Chinese visa three months before your planned arrival in China.

How long does it take LTL to issue Chengdu visa invitations?

Once you booked your Chinese language course we can have your visa invitations ready within less than a working day.

While we appreciate being given a bit more time, if you booked a course on very short notice we can have them also ready within about an hour.

Customer service is very important for us and we can process a booking, issue visa documents and get them to you very quickly if you are in a rush.

However, visa documents can only be issued during working hours in China as otherwise the necessary documents are not available. So make sure you keep time differences and Chinese holidays in mind when planning.

What does the visa application form look like?

This is the general Chinese visa application form, though the consulate you will apply at might have a slightly different template, so we recommend you to download it from their website.

How much does it cost?

Visa application costs at the embassy vary a lot from country to country and can also frequently change. The embassy will be able to tell you.

The money they will charge you is one of the few things that Chinese embassies usually communicate very well and transparently.

Do I need the original visa invitation documents?

Each Chinese consulate decides itself whether to require originals to apply for a visa or not.

This can change at any time and is often different even for each individual Chinese consulate in the same country.

You can give them a call and ask, though be prepared that what you will be told on the phone might not always be what you will be asked to do when applying.

However, we have had thousands of students apply for visas at hundreds of different consulates in the world, so your student advisor will be able to let you know what they required from other LTL students who applied there in the past.

How much does it cost to send originals via DHL?

This depends on where you live.

We will pre-pay the DHL fees for you and you can pay for them once you arrived at our school.

How long does it take for originals to arrive?

This depends on where you live, but usually a DHL delivery arrives within one to three days after it was sent.

Are Chengdu visas issued for specific dates?

While you will apply for specific travel dates, your visa will not be issued for those specific dates.

Your visa will be for a duration (for example 180 days) and you will be allowed to remain for that duration in China after entering the country.

It usually also includes a date by when you have to come to China for the visa to be valid. Usually you are required to enter China within three months after you received your visa for it to be valid.

Who is responsible for applying for my Chengdu visa?

You are. We have many years of experience in supporting students to apply for visas. We can provide you with the documents you need, give advice on where to apply and how to fill out the application forms.

However, even though we would like to, we are not authorized to apply for a Chinese visa on your behalf. This means only you yourself can apply or authorize a Chinese visa agency to do so for you.

You are the one who will receive your passport back from the embassy and therefore are also responsible to make sure you received the correct visa (Chinese embassies don’t always issue the kind of visa you applied for) and it is valid for your whole Mandarin course in China.

If you are unsure or need advice, just email us a scan of the visa you received and we can check it for you.

What is a visa application center?

Many Chinese embassies have outsourced the first steps of the visa application process to private companies that run visa application centers.

This means that you might not be going to the embassy to apply for your visa, but instead to a visa application center who will check your documents and then pass them on to the embassy.

Unfortunately, sometimes visa application center staff are not that familiar with visa rules and if you have the option to do so we always recommend to apply directly at the embassy.

Should I use a visa agency?

Not all countries have good Chinese visa agencies so if there isn’t one in your country then do not bother. However, if there is an experienced and reliable Chinese visa agency in your country, it is usually a good idea to use them.

Chinese embassies are in general very unreliable at communicating what exactly is needed at the moment to apply for a visa.

An experienced Chinese visa agency knows what the current situation is at your local consulate and can advise you in advance which additional documents might be required and how to get them.

An embassy might ask you to provide your travel and health insurance documents, flight bookings or any other kind of stuff they might come up with – or nothing at all.

Having a visa agency check your documents before applying can often save you several wasted trips to the application center. At some embassies visa agencies also receive preferential treatment and can apply for visas faster and with fewer documents required than for people who apply themselves.

Does everyone traveling to China need a visa?

Citizens of Japan, Singapore and Mongolia can receive a 15 day visa on arrival. All others need to have a visa before boarding a plane to China.

Do not try to fly to China without a visa as they will not let you in. The only exception is a transit visa which you can get at some Chinese airports on arrival, however you need an onwards flight booked to another country.

Depending on the airport, Chinese transit visas are issued for different durations, though never for more than three days, so this is not suitable for a Chinese course in Beijing, Shanghai, Chinese immersion or gap year program.

Do I need an accommodation booking?

Yes at most embassies you will need to show an accommodation booking for your intended stay in China.

Chinese embassies have very specific requirements on what an accommodation confirmation should look like and the ones issued by hotels, Airbnb or private landlords are often not accepted. For that reason an accommodation confirmation will always already be included in your China student visa invitation documents from LTL.

Can I get a visa invitation if I am not a student at LTL?

No you cannot.

What about Mandarin studying part time?

The Chinese authorities only issue study visas for students who learn Mandarin full time. It is not possible to come to China on a student visa if you only learn Mandarin for a few hours a week.

To classify as a full time Chinese language student, you will have to take at least 10 hours of individual or 20 hours of group classes per week.

Are there people who study Chinese while on a tourist visa?

Yes many people who are on a tourist (L) visa also learn Mandarin. L stands for “lüyou” in Chinese (travel).

What is a Chinese study visa called?

A Chinese study visa is called an X visa. X stands for “xué xí” (study).

There are many other kinds of visa, like F visas for business or cultural visits, S visas for visiting relatives and so on. Sometimes an embassy might issue you a random kind of visa that you didn’t actually apply for.

Usually this is not a problem though, but do ask us if you were given something that looks a bit strange. We have no idea why, but in our experience especially Chinese consulates in Russia have a tendency to issue the wrong kind of visas.

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