China Business Visa Service
If you plan to travel to China for business, you will need a specific type of visa. Swift can help you navigate the application process and ensure you receive your visa to China on time so you can focus on your upcoming trip.
Chinese Business Visa
Officially known as the People’s Republic of China (PRC), China is home to more than 1.35 billion people and a bastion of various enterprises. Heading to China for business has become increasingly common as the country continues its profitable expansion and growth.
The official language is standard Mandarin; the capital is Beijing; and the art of doing business is likely to be successful with the right attitude and requirements.
How It Works
If you have upcoming travel to China for business, you will need to obtain a China business visa. These visas are very detailed and can take a great deal of time to apply for. Thankfully, Swift can make the process extremely simple. Professionals that turn to swift for their China business visas often save a great deal of time and stress as we make everything easy. We are also right down the hall from the Chicago Chinese Consulate which saves travelers considerable time.
China Business Visa Requirements & Documents
The requirements for China business visas vary, depending on your citizenship. Some citizens, such as those from France, Turkey and Pakistan, must apply in person at designated locations to be fingerprinted. Others, such as those from the U.S. and Canada, can complete the business visa requirements online.
Although U.S. and Canadian citizens can apply for apply for a 10-year visa, if they’re expecting to take multiple business trips over an extended period, the length of each individual stay is still determined by the Chinese Consulate. The Consulate typically allows stays of 30 to 90 days, with validity starting on the day the visa is issued.
The visa you request does not always match with what the Chinese Consulate issues, and it’s essential to check with your airline carrier to double-check regulations regarding dates of entry.
You’ll need a valid passport with at least one blank visa page. Depending on the length of your visa request, you passport must be valid for six to 12 months from date of travel.
The four-page application is available online, requires an updated version of Adobe Reader, and works best in Safari or Firefox browsers. Fill out all fields, typing N/A if the info doesn’t apply to you rather than leaving any fields blank.
Passport photo services are available from the post office, Walgreens and other locations. Photos must be taken within the last six months, have a white background, have you facing forward (without glasses) and measure 2 inches by 2 inches square.
Make and submit a copy of the information page found in your passport.
Business visas require a letter from a Chinese agency or the person or company with which you’ll be conducting business while in China. The letter must have an official stamp at the bottom, known as a chop.
If your application is being submitted by a third party, such as Swift, you’ll also need a letter authorizing the third party to submit the application on your behalf.
A number of additional requirements apply to former citizens of China, Hong Kong, Macao and Taiwan.
All required documents are then submitted to the Chinese Consulate for approval. Turnaround time varies, with expedited services available for speedier authorization. Speedier authorization is also likely if you ensure the application is filled out perfectly, keeping your answers short and directly to the point, and refrain from mentioning any planned travel to Tibet.
Why Choose Swift?
When it comes to obtaining a China business visas, there are numerous reasons to work with Swift. We have a highly experienced team that is used to procuring China visas fro even the busiest of professionals. Whether you need a visa for a solo business trip or a team, we can help. Additionally, our office is located right next to the Chicago Chinese Consulate. This means we have direct access and can ensure that you have your visa on time with minimal hassles.
Business travel is stressful enough! Let our team help you navigate the complexities associated with getting your visa so you can focus on what matters most; having a successful business trip!
Ready to Start Your China Business Visa Application?
Business In China
The last 50 years have been a boon for China, which has shifted from a largely agricultural society to a manufacturing and industrial mecca. Although China had been on an economic roller coaster since the 1949 founding of the People’s Republic of China, stability and steady growth began in the late 1970s and is poised to continue into the future.
The top regional economies in China include:
- Guangdong Province
- Jiangsu Province
- Shandong Province
- Zhejiang Province
- Henan Province
Doing business in China could be focused on any number of industries, with some of the most profitable including manufacturing, trade, technology, auto, energy and financial.
While In China
Being conservative, composed and respecting customs are key aspects to doing successful business in China. The conservative nature applies to dress and presentations, with subdued colors for the former and black and white printouts for the latter. Steer clear of eye-catching colors.
Composure is essential for keeping your emotions in check, with a polite smile making a much more favorable impression than unbridled zeal. The same applies to your body language, with proper, attentive posture and slow, controlled gestures.
Customs apply to several business activities, from entering the room to exchanging business cards. The Chinese enter the room in hierarchal order, with the most important member of the organization entering first. They may expect the same from you.
The business card exchange involves taking a card out of a carrying case, and then presenting it with both hands with the writing facing the recipient. Accept a business card with both hands as well, taking a moment to study and comment upon the card.
Additional customs involve being very well-prepared, prompt and engaging in small talk before the meeting begins. Even when given a decision-making deadline, it’s not uncommon for Chinese businessmen to extend it to gain an advantage.
Handshakes are common, although you should wait for a hand to be extended instead of initiating one. Address business associates by their title and last name. Giving gifts is considered bribery and taboo at business functions.
Chinese business hours extend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday, often with a two-hour break from noon to 2 p.m. Business appointments are best done during certain times of the year, either from April to June or September to October.
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Although you may not get to do much sightseeing during the two-hour break during the workday, you can plan an excursion or two during your time off.
The Great Wall of China remains one of the most notable architectural marvels of the world, with the claim to fame of being the only manmade structure visible from the moon. One of the most well-kept and well-known sections of the wall is the Badaling section, about 40 miles northwest of Beijing.
Sampling the sensational array of authentic Chinese cuisine is another must, one that can be done any location in the country. China boasts no fewer than eight great regional cuisines that consist of:
- Anhui: Wild mountain foods,
- Cantonese: Light, sweet flavors and an abundance of seafood
- Fujian: Wild mountain foods, notable seafood, sweet and light flavors
- Hunan: Hot and spicy
- Jiangsu: Light, sweet flavors and an abundance of seafood
- Shandong: Fresh, salty and an abundance of seafood
- Sichuan: Hot and spicy
- Zhejiang: Light, sweet flavors and an abundance of seafood
Whether you’re headed to the People’s Republic of China for the auto, financial or manufacturing industry, ensuring your paperwork is in order and your business etiquette is up to par is the best place to start for a successful journey.