Non-US Citizens required to apply in person
Citizens from certain countries must apply in person. If you are a citizen of Afghanistan, CAR, DRC, France, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Niger, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sudan, S. Sudan, Syria, or Yemen, you must apply for a visa in person. This is due to the bilateral agreements signed or reached between China and the respective countries.
Please visit our respective visa pages for information on the documents you must bring. You do not need an appointment, but you must go to the consulate of your residing jurisdiction. In the U.S., there is 1 Chinese Embassy and 5 other consulates. Please see the link below for information on jurisdiction.
The processing time is usually 7-10 days with some applications requiring longer processing time.
You cannot request same day pick-up and the Embassy or Consulate will not mail your passport back.
Once you have submitted your application, you will receive a white receipt, you can use our pick-up service to retrieve your documentation. Please see our passport pick-up below for more information.