Foreign Journalists -J1 and J2 Visa

 Foreign Journalists -J1/J2 Visa

J1 visa is residing journalists that will be covering news in China over 180 days.

J2 is for short-term visiting journalists that will be covering news in China less than 180 days.

How to Apply

Please collect the required documents listed below and send to our office via any trackable mailing service. You must send your original passport so that the visa can be issued once it has been approved. We will mail your passport with the issued visa back to you.

Documents Required

1. Original passport: (Your original passport must be valid for at least 8 months with at least two blank visa pages remaining) If your passport has been issued within the last 6 months, we will need your previous original expired passport.

Please also provide a copy of the first page of your U.S. passport (the page with your picture and passport information).

Applicants who were born in China, Hong Kong, Macau or Taiwan and have previously obtained a Chinese Visa with their US passport, please provide a copy of your previous visa and the first page of your previous US passport if the expired visa is not in your current passport.

Applicants who are former Chinese Citizens or were born in Hong Kong, Taiwan or Macau, and this is your first time applying with your US passport, please click here for additional requirements.

If you are a non-US Citizen, for more information please click here

2. Visa Application Form : Download the fillable 2019 Edition Form(total 4 pages) The application must be fully completed on a computer, and printed on single-sided letter size white paper only. If you cannot view the page, please download adobe acrobat reader. If Adobe asks for you to download a font pack to type on the form, you can do so through adobe acrobat reader font pack. For ensure all your information is correct and if there is any information that does not apply to you or you do not know, please write N/A. For instruction and tips on completing the application, please see Chinese Visa Application Instruction V.2019. If you experience any problems downloading the form, please contact us to email a form to you.

We offer a form filling service starting at $7 per application.

Hand written forms will not be accepted.

3. Additional Form Requirement: Additional Form V.2018-J Visa (total 1 pages). The  Chinese Consulate recently required an additional form to be completed for J visa applications. This form can be hand-written or typed.

4. Journalist Visa Requirement:

Please provide:
Original Work permit notification for Z visa*   issued by China State Administration of Foreign Experts Affairs.

When those notifications and permits are issued, they must be posted to the Chinese Consulate electronically by the issuing government agency. Depending where you are residing, they must be posted to different consulates. Please click to see where work permits should be electronically posted

-An invitation letter issued Chinese media authorities or your company’s Chinese media subsidiary. On the invitation letter it must have your name list, passport number, issue and expiring dates, gender, birthday, arrival and departure time, places of interview or working location, content to cover, introduction of the news agency, and name/address/contact number of the news agency in China.

-An introduction letter from your media company in the U.S., that includes your name list, passport number, issue and expiring dates, gender, birthday, position with the company, years working, department or area of news coverage name/address/contact number of the news agency  in the U.S.

-A copy of your current resume. Current copy of resume should include at least 5 years of work history.

5.Two recent passport type (2”x2”) color photograph taken with a white background in the past 6 months. The photograph must be attached to the visa application form. Please click to see Chinese Visa Picture Requirement for more information.

6. Applicants who have been to China within the past 2 years must provide a copy of their most recent Chinese Visa issued as well as a copy of the last entry and exit passport stamps in the passport.

7. Proof of Residency: Please provide a copy of your driver license or a copy of another state issued ID, or employee ID. If you do not hold any of these, please send us a copy of a utility bill/bank statement/ or any other mail showing your name and home address.

8. Return Mail to return passport and visa: Chinese Visa Office provides return mail via FedEx starting at $30  dollars,   Please complete our Chinese Visa Office FedEx Shipping Order Form V.19-1 or you can provide a per-paid mail label or self-stamped envelope.

9. Fees and Payment methods: We accept personal checks, business checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, and Credit Card for saver, regular and express service. Credit Card Order Form can be mailed along with other document to us or you may provide your credit card over the phone.

For dependence, please visit our dependents visa page for more information

Visit our payment page page for more information and our privacy policy page in regard to how we handle your privacy information.

The applicant must submit the above required documents and the total fee (A+B) as shown below.

A: Visa Processing Fee

Service Type Process Time (2) Validity (1) Entries Consulate Fee Service Fee Total Fee
Saver 7+ Workdays 3 Months/Employment contract 1/M $140 $99 $239
Regular 6-7 Workdays 3 Months/Employment contract 1/M $140 $129 $269
Express 4-5 Workdays 3 Months/Employment contract 1/M $160 $159 $319

1) J1 visa is valid for 3 months and single entry, J1 visa allows you to exchange for residents permit in China that will have the validity of your employment. J2 visa is short term work visa and the validity will be the terms of your work contract. It will be either single entry or multiple. This is at the discretion of the consular.

2) Processing time is not guaranteed and will be affect by holiday, consular vacation, closure, and other circumstances. Chinese consulate reserves the right to extend processing time without notification or reason

B: Return Shipping Fee

If you wish to use our return mail service, please complete our Chinese Visa Office FedEx Shipping Order Form V.19-1

Remarks Fees
FedEx Standard Shipping $30
FedEx First Overnight $65
FedEx shipment to HI, AK, PR $40
FedEx Saturday Delivery $40
FedEx International $75
Additional Return Address (Contiguous US Only) $30
Pick-up /Pre-paid Envelope $0

By choosing to use our return mailing service, you agree to our return shipping cost and policy. FedEx Standard Shipping rates only apply to contiguous US. Our FedEx return shipping is released without a signature. Should you require a signature with your return shipping envelope, please inform us by noting it in Chinese Visa Office FedEx Shipping Order Form V.19-1 or contact us by phone. FedEx has its own damage, lost or missing and claim policy, please visit FedEx website for information. For Chinese Visa Office return shipping information, please visit our return shipping cost and policy 

*For HI, AK, PR and international destination, those rates are standard guideline, upon learning your zip code, we might request additional charges due to geographically difficult to access location or higher than usual sub-charges. For more information on shipping to HI, AK, PR or International Destination, please visit our return shipping cost and policy page for more information.

C: Total cost to pay: Service Fee + Return Mailing Cost

If you have any additional services such as form filling service, please add it into the total cost.

Check/Money Order/Cashier Cash payee is Chinese Visa Office or you can complete Credit Card Order Form and can be mailed along with the all the required documents to our office. Please visit our  for cc payment or call us at 713-774-5606 to provide cc payment.

Mailing Address:

Mailing Address:
Chinese Visa Office
Susan Guo
10402 Harwin Dr. Suite #A3
Houston, TX 77036

Tel: 713-774-5606

We highly recommend using FedEx shipping. USPS does not issue receipts for mail drop off. For USPS priority mail, please ask for a confirmation number when you purchase the return mail. For more information on return shipping rates, time, and options, please read our return shipping cost and policy

* sample for reference only, actual document might vary from sample.