China Visa Renewal and Extension
in Epidemic Period
Step by step tips that help you apply for a new visa without leaving China!
1. Two-month auto extension! But expiring soon…
According to the policy issued in March, during the epidemic prevention and control period, the period of stay of foreigners in China may be extended automatically for two months. Within the extended period, there is no need to go through the extension procedure anymore, and you can still stay in China legally or leave the country normally;
This policy was such good news for many of our international friends and clients whose visa was to expire soon but can’t leave China because of the flight shortage.
But time flies, two months pass away fast, the two-month extension period is also ending soon for many of them. How about now?
2. How to extend or get a new visa after the two months?
According to the policy, if you don’t have other visa renewal supporting documents like your company’s new working contract, or other help, you will have to leave China after the 2-month auto extension.
Currently, for short term visa like tourist visa, visiting visa, business visa, etc, it’s not possible to get renewed again without leaving China, without enough supports.
You can apply from outside, but if you leave to apply, you won’t be able to enter again because of the border control now!
3. How to extend your visa or apply for a new visa without leaving China?
One of the most efficient and almost the only proven ways is, to apply for and join a long-term ( 1-2 full semester) Chinese language program in Shanghai.
Joining 1-2 full semesters of the program, our college will issue the officially required documents for you to apply for student visa residence permit for 6-12 months in Shanghai.
The official documents we will issue to successful program applicants include
3.1 Admission Letter,
3.2 JW202 Form,
3.3 International Students Visa Application Letter etc.
Especially the JW202 form that is issued from the government office with stamps from Government Education DPT. and Foreign Affairs Office.
Private Schools can NOT get the form! They normally ask you to leave to apply without JW202 form, but you won’t be able to enter again.
4. Who can apply for the program?
Generally, all foreigners are welcome to apply for Chinese language study programs to learn and improve Chinese.
But to prevent illegal working with a student visa, the government office gives strict checks about the applicants’ documents.
There are limits like,
age ( more difficult if you are more than 35),
nationality ( difficult for countries that are not stable in internal politics)
current and past visa history ( if you have had too many different visas already, the rate of rejection is high, but can still try)
serious about the study: if you cannot attend class in Shanghai, it’s not possible
5. How long will the process take?
It takes 2-3 weeks for our college to prepare the complete documents, including government letters.
So please make sure that your visa is still valid for another 2-3 weeks!
Sometimes the process might be faster, so please contact to make sure if it’s possible.
6. What programs are available?
Progam 1: Intensive 20 Group Class:
4 lessons (45 minutes/lesson) per day, normally in the morning, Monday to Friday
Date: Autumn Semester starts in September, the application is ending in August.
Please apply as early as possible!
Program 2: Intensive 10 Private Class:
Minimum 10 Private 1-1 lessons per week, class on weekdays daytime
Date: Flexible starting date, available to apply each month.
7. Application Process:
Step 1: Situation Pre-Check
-Connect in Wechat or email or call to tell us more about your visa situation and Chinese level
-Send us pictures of your passport and current visa pages for a pre-check
-If it’s not possible, we will say no. If it looks possible, we will send you the program application form
Step 2: Program Application:
-Fill the application form, sign and send to us, together with a picture of your police registration form
-Picture of the other Chinese visa pages might be required if you have more Chinese visa before
-Pay the program application fee: 800RMB, to start the admission process
Step 3: Documents Preparation and health check
-At the same time, if you will need a health check, we will help you book the health check. Health report will be required when you apply for student residence permit at the visa office at the last step.
If your current visa is a residence permit (work or study), you can skip the health check.
Step 4: Visa application
-When the documents are ready, pay the tuition fee (refundable if the visa application was rejected) and pick up the documents
-Go to the visa office to apply for your visa with all the documents (before your visa expires)
-Visa officer checks up your documents and accepts the application.
-Got the passport receipt that will show you when to pick up your passport with the new visa ready ( normally 7 working days)
8. Program Cost
It costs differently depending on the program you apply.
Please add our program consultant in WeChat (ID:snmandarin) to learn more!
It’s really not an easy time. If you have the plan to study Chinese and get a 6-12-month new visa to stay longer in China, this information will be helpful.
Please never hesitate to share to your friends if you think this might also be helpful for them in case they are also looking for a good solution.