International students should apply for the X1 (long-term) visa or X2 (short-term) visa to enter China. Police registration, also known as temporary accommodation registration, is required within 24 hours after arrival in China.
X1 visa is valid for 30 days from the date of entry (date on the entry stamp), and the residence permit must be applied for at the local police station within 30 days.
Please note that “Expiry Date 03MAY2019” (example), here is the expiry date of X1 visa outside China. It is generally valid for three months from the date of issue.
The validity period of X2 visa is calculated from the date of entry plus the number of days that the passport holder is allowed to stay (indicated in the visa) after entering China. For example, as shown in the entry stamp of the X2 visa below, this visa will be valid till September 5, 2017 by 2017-07-22 (arrival date) plus 45 days.
Those students with an X2 visa may apply for one extension with the following documents. The extension duration cannot exceed the original “duration of each stay” shown on the visa.
Passport with a validity of 6 months at least
Registration Voucher of Residence for Visitors
A 2-inch photo with white background
Original copy of Admission Notice
Make an appointment with the Visa Center.
Go along with the Visa Center staff to the public security for an interview.
Go along with the Visa Center staff to the Entry-Exit Administration of Qingdao Public Security Bureau, submit application documents and receive a receipt.
Collect the passport and new visa in the Visa Center within 5 working days.
Re-register within 10 days after collecting the passport at the police station for the temporary residence permit and keep the new Registration Voucher of Residence for Visitors from Overseas.
NB: Passport and other application documents will be kept in the Entry-Exit Administration of Qingdao Public Security Bureau till the residence permit application process is finished. Students can travel in China with the receipt.
The expired visa is illegal and subject to penalties by the Entry-Exit Administration of Qingdao Public Security Bureau. The bureau will decide on penalties, including verbal warning, fine, detention and deportation in accordance with the relevant laws and regulations. The fine of one day overdue is between CNY 500 and a maximum of 10000.The required materials are as follows:
Passport and its copy
University document (provided by the Visa Office)
Copy of JW202 form