We’ve all waited for this day for a very long time… Starting Sunday, January 8, the China X2 Student Visa is open to international students!
For all our students and summer campers abroad, it’s wonderful news – as you can now finally come to China, learn Chinese at our campuses in Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, or Suzhou, and enjoy an unforgettable immersive experience.
How to Apply for a China Student Visa
To get help applying for an X2 Student visa, simply contact us. We will help you collect the necessary documents and apply.
You can also chat with us on WeChat:
List of Documents
You will need these documents:
1. Visa Form (application here)
2. 1 Photo (recent)
3. Original Passport* + Photocopy of name page
4. Admission Notice from our school in China + Photocopy
5. (if you have it) Photocopy of your latest Chinese visa / residence permit
6. (optional) Other documents based on the requirements of the Chinese embassy in your country**
*It is recommended that your passport has at least 12 months left until expiration, and at least 2 blank pages. If you had your previous Chinese visa in the old passport, make a copy of the old passport as well.
**For details, refer to the list of documents for X2 visa on the official website of the Chinese Embassy/consulate in your city.
…and there’s More Good News
01. Smooth Arrival in China
Starting Jan 8, inbound travelers:
✅ no longer need to take PCR testing upon arrival in China
✅ no longer need to quarantine
⚠️ still need a negative nucleic acid test (48 hours before departure)
⚠️ still have to wear protective masks onboard flights
02. More Visa Types!
The types of China visas available for application now are:
✅ Z | Work Visa
✅ M | Business Visit Visa
✅ F | Noncommercial Visit Visa
✅ X1 | China Student Visa (>180 days)
✅ X2 | China Student Visa (<180 days)
✅ G | Transit Visa
✅ S | Visa for visiting family members studying or working in China (S1 and S2)
✅ Q | Visa for family members of Chinese citizens / foreigners with Chinese permanent residence permit (Q1 and Q2)
✅ R | Talent Visa
✅ C | Crew Visa
⌛️ L | Tourist Visa (not yet)
For 3 years, it was heartbreaking to tell our new international applicants and summer camp students that they couldn’t come to China at the moment, and that we were all waiting for some welcome news on the borders opening up soon.
Thankfully, online classes were available to all via NihaoCafe. But who can deny that the immersive learning experience you get when you come to China — no matter if you are an absolute beginner or have been learning Chinese for years — is hard to replace! It’s not only about learning the language, it’s also about the cultural experiences you have, the friends you make, and the unforgettable moments that matter.
Thank you to all our students, online and offline, for your continued support these 3 years — we cannot wait to see you all in China!