Since details may vary from one country to another, the following information is provided as a guide. We strongly recommend that you contact your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate to check current visa processing time, documents required, fees and local procedures. A list of Chinese Consulates worldwide is available at
Before arriving in China
You must get an ‘X1’ visa to enter China. This visa is issued to those who intend to study in China for more than 6 months. You can apply for an ‘X’ visa at any Chinese Embassy or Consulate. The following documents will most likely be required:
- Valid Passport
- Admission Notification (included in this package)
- Visa Application Form for Foreign Students Studying in China (download from your local Chinese Embassy website)
- JW202 Form (included in this package)
- 2 recent passport photographs (color photo with white background, size: 4.8 cm x 3.3cm)
- Evidence of funds to cover tuition fees and living costs
- Academic certificates or transcripts
- Fee payment (check your Chinese Embassy website for costs)
- Any other relevant supporting documents required in your country (e.g. previous passports, proof of legal status)
Reminder: When you receive your visa, please ensure that your Admission Notification is returned together with your passport. You will need to these documents in China.
Exception: Students who are already living and studying in China do not need to complete this stage.
After arriving in China
Since an ‘X’ Visa is only valid for 30 days from the date of entry, a Residence Permit is essential to legally stay in China. After you arrive at CUHK-Shenzhen and before your visa expires, we’ll help you apply for a Residence Permit. All students, both those who are currently living in China and those who are not will be required to get a Residence Permit.