Visa for China: Studying in China ensures inclusive education from renowned institutions and ensures career opportunities. International students from UK, USA, and Canada are shifting their direction towards China to experience the lifestyle of the fastest-growing economy in the world and learn their work ethic. Besides getting high-quality education and internationally recognized degrees, the students acquire a life-changing experience in China that shapes them to undertake any challenge in life. Your studying abroad years in China will be in affordable expenses, cultural diversity, and rich history, and among one of the hardest-working nations in the world. International students require a student visa to study in China, the step to step process of attaining a student visa in China is explained in the guide below:
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Types of Student Visas for China in Pakistan
All Pakistani students who wish to enter China for educational motives have to acquire a student visa. The Student visa for China is called X Visa. The X Visas have two types. The types of X visas are divided into two parts on basis of the duration of your study program in China.
X1 Student Visa: The X1 visa has a validity of 5 years. It is for applicants from anywhere in the world taking admission in undergraduate or post-graduate full-time study programs having a time duration of longer than 6 months. The X1 visa holders are allowed to have multiple entry visas enabling them to enter or exit China on an X1 visa for 5 years. The holders of X1 visas had to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit in China within 30 days of their entry into China. They will apply for a Temporary Resident Permit of China at a local Exit and Entry Administration Bureau. By having a Temporary Residence Permit of China the holders will be registered as temporary residents in the country for the duration of their study program.
X2 Student Visa: The X2 student visa has a validity of 6 months. It is for international students belonging from any country of the world who wish to enroll in a study program or course which has not more than 6 months of study duration. That course can be a training course, internship or language course which will be completed in 6 months duration. The holder of an X2 student visa cannot have a multiple entry visa they will only be granted a single entry visa. However, in case of any exception or academic demand, the applicant can extend the visa for more than 6 months but the application for extension of the X2 visa must be registered before the 180-day mark.
Application Procedure for Visa for China
After getting your offer letter or letter of acceptance from the Chinese University where you had applied for admission you can visit the Chinese Embassy or Consulate nearest to your area to know the perquisites of visa application. International students belonging from the UK, Canada, Australia, and European countries can apply for student visas in China through CVASC (Chinese VISA Application Service Centre). All other international students will visit the Chinese Embassy or Consulate in their home country and place their visa applications personally. The visa application can be submitted through a travel agency or study abroad consultants in case there is a genuine reason why you can’t come to Embassy in person. You cannot mail your visa application because it will be refused by the Chinese Embassy. You can visit the Chinese Embassy during business hours and working days anytime but it is preferable to visit before 11:00 am so that you can take all the needed information in detail without a rush.
When to Apply and How Much Take Time for Processing?:
It is recommended to apply for a student visa in china one month before your study program commences in China. Applying three months before your study program commencement in China will be too early. Chinese Embassies are very efficient in their work, you can expect your visa application to be processed and approved within one week or two maximum.
Documents Requirements for Student Visa of China:
-Valid passport of applicant ( the passport must be valid for at least 6 months and it must have at least one blank page for visa stamp)
-Completely and accurately filled student visa application form. Two recently taken passport size photographs of the applicant
-Acceptance letter or an offer letter from a Chinese university (it must be original and a copy of the same will also be required)
-Proof of paid visa application fee (the fee is around 600 USD)
-Resident permit (it applies to you If you are applying from a country where you are living on a resident permit, the Chinese Embassy will need proof of your legal status in that country)
-Proof of arranged accommodation in China for the duration of your stay
-Arrangement of airplane ticket for your travel and return to your country ( return ticket ensures that your sole intention of traveling to China is educational).
-Medical examination certificate (the applicant who is enrolled in a full-time study program in China are required to prove that they are in good health, for that they will have a medical examination certificate declaring them as fit to travel and stay in China for study)
-JW201 or JW202 form (The State Education Ministry of China issues JW201 and JW202 to international students. The JW201 form is for those students who are going to study in China on a scholarship funded by the Chinese Government whereas the JW202 form is for those students who are going to study in China by self-funding).
Language Proficiency Test Certificate:
(IELTS, TOEFL for English language study program, and HSK for Chinese taught study program) the applicant will also have to prove his proficiency in English or Chinese language during an interview in Embassy for a student visa.
Applying For Resident Permit upon Arriving in China on Student Visa:
The international student being granted an X1 visa has to apply for a temporary resident permit in China within 30 days of their arrival on Chinese soil. For 30 days, the X1 visa serves as a legal stamp for their stay but beyond 30 days they will need a resident permit that replaces their X1 visa. The resident permit will remain valid only until their study program ends in China. To apply for a Temporary Resident Permit in China they will visit the local Public Security Bureau (PBS). After getting a resident permit in china the students would also be needed to visit the local police station near their residence and register their names. The student will also be required to inform the local police station in case any family member or relative of the resident permit holder comes to China to visit him. Moreover, if the student stays in China even after his/her resident permit has been expired, USD 72 to USD 1,440 will be charged as a fine, and 15 days of detention will be sentenced as a punishment.
Permission to Work Part-Time in China:
International students studying in China on an X1 visa and having a resident permit can do part-time jobs after getting permission from their hosting Chinese University and the immigration department of China. The students will write an application to their hosting Chinese university for consent to work part-time and also certificate from the employer will be required. After getting a consent letter from your hosting Chinese university you will visit the local police station near your residence and have your residence permit marked with part-time work. But according to Chinese law international students are not allowed to change their job frequently. International students are allowed to work 20 hours a week part-time on their residence permit. Their work can include paid internships and traineeships as well.
Taking Assistance from Study Abroad Consultants in Pakistan:
Since the process of studying abroad in China requires the arrangement of documents and following a peculiar procedure, it can be confusing. The students who are unable to grasp the whole process can take guidance from study abroad, consultants, for their student visa. By taking the services of a study abroad consultant, your chances of visa application approval get higher as they are professionals in this field and they handle many student visa cases on daily basis. To contact the study abroad consultants in various cities of Pakistan you can visit this section.