Chinese Study Visa

For Whom?

There are two types of study visas: Long term (X1) and short term (X2). The long term visa allows students to join courses for over 180 days and the short term visa allows you to stay up to 180 days. Please note that if you are studying Kung-Fu in China, you will need an  original “admission notice” from the kung-Fu school and it will serve as your accommodation details. You might need to provide your return flight ticket as part of your supporting documents. 

Processing Time

All successful applications received by 10:30am can be submitted to the authority on the same working day (Optional – £40). Documents arrived after 10:30am can only be processed and submitted by the next working day.

Processing time :

Service Type VAC Processing Time – 48Hrs VAC Processing Time – 72hrs
Processing Time 48 Hrs (excl Holidays) 72 Hrs (excl Holidays)
Submission Method In Person/ Courier/ Postal In Person/ Courier/ Postal
Earliest Collection Date (With Optional Same Day Submission)
(e.g. Submission by Monday 10:00am )
Wednesday 10am Thursday 10am
*Urgent service is NOT AVAILABLE to USA passport holders and to some countries. Click here for more information.

Documents – Chinese Study Visa

To apply for a Chinese Study Visa, you will need to provide the following documents:


Passport  1. With at least 2 blank pages
2. With at least 6 months validity remaining
Passport size photo Two standard passport size, coloured photo with:
1. WHITE background
2. NO visible distortion of facial features (i.e. NO glasses/ Ear rings)
3. Head width between 15mm and 22mm, head height between 28mm and 33mm
4. Should be taken within 6 months

More details is available at

Mandarin Visa Order form +
Application Form
Download here:

1. Order form:
2. Visa Application Form:
Note: Hand-writing form is not accepted – application form MUST completed electronically

JW202 / JW201 The JW202 / JW201 form is issued by institutes in China.
Admission Notice from institute The admission notice is issued by institutes in China.
Interview You may need to attend an interview at the Chinese Consulate. Please see here for more information

Applicants aged under 18 should also provide their birth certificates (with parents’ information) and the passports of BOTH parents. Both parents will also need to sign on Section 5 of the application form.

If you are of Chinese origin, you may need additional documents. Click here for more details.

Special Cases

Chinese Embassy in London requires extra documents under the following conditions – visit our special case page for more information.

  • Non UK passport Holders (incl EU/ EEA)
  • French passport Holders
  • Turkish born/ Turkish passport Holders
  • Media professionals
  • Applicants ages under 18
  • Chinese origins (For applicants who were born in China (including HongKong, Macau and Taiwan) or used to have Chinese Nationality)

How to submit your application

Mandarin Visa accepts applications via different channels, and all successful applications received by 10:30am can be submitted to the authority on the same working day. Our office address is: Mandarin Visa, Executive Offices, 1 Cornhill, London, EC3V 3ND.

Submission  Method Process
Application made in person Our office opens from Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 5pm (excl Bank holidays). For applications delivered in person to our offices an application checking service is available but is provided on a discretionary basis. Charges may apply for this service.
Application deliver by courier You may send your application by a same day/ next day courier, and we will review your application as soon as your documents arrived at our office. For same day submission, please make sure your documents arrive by 10:00am.
Application send by post You may send your application via post, and we will review your application as soon as your documents arrived at our office. Please make sure you send it via Royal Mail Special Delivery as it can be tracked via Royal Mail’s system. For same day submission, please make sure your documents arrive by 10:00am.


All fees are charged per applicant. Total price of your order will depend on the services you select and the number of applications.
Fees charged by Mandarin Visa are per application and inclusive of VAT + Embassy’s fees. All fees are listed and charged in Pound Sterling.

Fee (in British Pounds) VAC Processing time – 48hrs VAC Processing time – 72hrs
UK Passport Single Entry £270 £230
Canadian/ USA/ Israel/ Argentina Passport Single Entry £365 (Not Applicable to USA passport) £270
Polish/ Serbian/ Romanian Passport Single Entry £230 £190
All Other Passports Single Entry £210/ £225 £170/ £185
Optional Same Day Submission (before 10:00am) +£40

Payments – How to Pay

Mandarin Visa offers varies payment methods, and you will only need to pay before collection, and all fees will be charged according to the type of visa issued and the service you have chosen.

Payment Method Process
Online Card Payment After we have submitted your application to the Chinese Embassy, we will send you a confirmation email and a payment link.The payment link allows you to pay over the internet, and it is all secured by Paypal.

Don’t worry, you will not need a Paypal account to pay via Paypal.

Bank Transfer Please confirm the amount with us before making a bank payment, as price may vary and sometimes additional postage may incur.Our bank account is:

Company name: Mandarin Management Limited
Sort code: 30-95-74
Account Number: 41779560

After making a payment, please provide the proof of payment (e.g. payment record) in your application document.

Cheque If you wish to pay by cheque, please send us a cheque address to: Mandarin Management LimitedPlease confirm the amount with us before sending your cheque, as price may vary and sometimes additional postage may incur.

We will return your passport and visa back to you after the payment has been cleared.


Our Solution

With our expertise, your visa application will be processed quickly, securely and as easily for you as possible. Our service is:

  • Fast. We provide the fastest way to obtain a visa.
  • Secure. All of your data will be protected.
  • Easy. Our expertise is available by phone or email.