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Sara Naumann

Invitation Letters for a Tourist Visa to China

By January 7, 2013

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As Mare recently pointed out in an older post about invitation letters (Do I Still Need an Invitation Letter to Visit China? dated August 18, 2009), it seems that invitation letters are indeed required again when applying for a visa to come to China.

My father came for a visit last month and the Chinese Consulate in Chicago not only required an invitation letter from me, but also copies of my residence permit and visa. I can't speak for other Chinese embassies and consulates around the world, but it does seem like they are creating a few more steps for obtaining a visa.

Just be sure to allow yourself plenty of time before your trip to obtain your visas. You may find that they Chinese consulate/embassy in your region requires less or more than others. Simply comply with their process and you should be able to obtain the visa with no trouble.

Thanks for your comment, Mare!

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January 8, 2013 at 11:55 pm
(1) Susannah says:

When you say you need a copy of your visa *and* your residence permit, what do you mean by ‘visa’? I have a residence permit pasted in my US passport that operates like a visa. No other visa, though (?). Feel like I am missing s.t. Thanks in advance.

January 9, 2013 at 12:08 am
(2) gochina says:

Hi Susannah, sorry – I didn’t meant to be confusing. I live in Shanghai and when my father was applying (with his US passport) for a tourist visa to come to China and visit me, I had to provide an invitation letter, a copy of my residence visa for China that is pasted in my passport as well as my residence permit that I obtained from the local police. All foreigners who live here have something like this and I had to provide it for my father in order for him to get his visa to visit China.

Hope I’ve cleared things up!

January 13, 2013 at 9:33 am
(3) Susannah says:

That makes sense – thank you, Sara!

January 13, 2013 at 9:47 pm
(4) gochina says:

Great, glad to have cleared things up a bit!


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