Visa and Immigration Information

A visa is “an endorsement on a passport indicating that the holder is allowed to enter, leave, or stay for a specified period of time in a country”.

For citizens of the United States planning to stay in visit China, a visa is always required. You must apply for a visa before you intend to travel to China and have it with you at all times during your stay- if you have not yet done this, please tell your professors. You will need to have this rush-processed. Additionally, your passport must be valid for at least 6 months after your intended stay. Please see the US Travel Department for specific information about acquiring a visa to travel to China.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not a citizen of the United States, you may or may not be required to obtain a visa prior to travel. CISabroad is not a visa processing centre. It is your responsibility to understand the immigration laws surrounding your country’s requirements for visiting China. Your program manager can provide documents you may need to support your visa application.