China Business Visa (M)
China business visa or trade visa, M visa for short, is issued to foreigners coming for commercial and trade activities, such as attending trade fairs, visiting clients and factories, negotiating with clients, and signing contracts. The validity period of China M visa is three months in most cases, while the allowed duration of stay is usually 30 days and can be longer depending on applicants’ personal cases. For Canada, Argentina, and US citizens, they can even get a 10-year China business visa.
China M or F visa used to confuse many foreign visitors. From 2013, the original F is divided into M and F. The former is for business and trade, while today’s China F visa applies to noncommercial sci-tech and culture exchanges.
China Business Visa Requirements & Documents
Basic Documents for M Visa China:
- Valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity and more than one blank visa page; and a copy of the information page.
- A completed typewritten application form with a recently-taken color photo glued to or stapled on. (Download China Business Visa Application Form)
- Proof of legal stay or residence if you are applying from a third country.
- China Business Visa Invitation Letter
According to China M visa rules, one of the following is required:
1). Invitation letter issued by a Chinese business or trade partner.
2). Invitation letter or confirmation letter of invitation issued by duly authorized Chinese institutes or relevant units.
3). Invitation letter of a trade fair.
China invitation letter for business visa should cover:
- The applicant’s information including full name, birth date, passport number, etc.
- Information about the intended business visit, including purpose, arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited, etc.
- Information about the inviter including name, contact number, address, signature, official stamp, etc.
It regularly takes 4 working days for processing the application. However, the express service and rush service are also available if you want to pick up your M visa earlier. Extra USD 30 should be paid for the same-day collection; and additional USD 20 for the second or third day collection.
After entering China, if the duration of stay cannot cover your trip, it’s possible to go to the local exit and entry administration to apply for a China business visa extension at least seven days before the original M visa expires. Usually it costs CNY 168 for a single extension.
Plan a short trip during your time off
Although you may have a tight schedule during the business trip in China, you can plan a short excursion in your time off with China business visa. On working days, you can hang out at night and wander around the most bustling areas in the city. While on weekends, it’s a nice idea to book a one-day or two-day tour to take a glance of the city. If travelling between two cities, take high speed train as the first choice if the duration is less than 5 hours, as it’s more comfortable with wider leg space compared with flight.