I believe that many foreign relatives of Chinese people have learned about Q1 and Q2 visas, because if you want to visit Chinese relativesin China, you need to apply for these two types of visas. However, according to their own needs, in the end should apply for Q1 or Q2 visa, and what are the differences between the two, many people actually do not understand. Through this article, we will explain the differences between Q1 and Q2 visas to help you determine which type of visa you should apply for.
According to Article 6, paragraph 8 of the Regulations of the People's Republic of China on the Administration of the Entry and Exit of Foreigners:
The Q1 visa is issued to the family members of Chinese citizens who apply for entry and residence for family reunion, the family members of foreigners with permanent residence status in China, and the persons who apply for entry and residence for foster care and other reasons;
The Q2 visa is issued to relatives of Chinese citizens living in Chinaand relatives of foreigners with permanent residence status in China who apply to enter China for short-term visits.
First of all, Q1 visa and Q2 visa are different in terms of validity period and number of entry.
The validity period after the approval of Q1 visa is generally 3 months, the number of entry is 1, and foreigners can enter China at any time within three months, but only a single entry. At the same time, the Q1 visa usually notes: Please apply for a residence certificate within 30 days from the date of entry. This also means that after holding the Q1 visa, you can apply for the corresponding reunion residence permit to achieve real long-term residence in China.
The Q2 visa is generally valid for 3 months to 10 years, the number of entry varies from 1 to multiple times, and the maximum duration of asingle stay is 180 days. Therefore, foreigners can only stay in Chinafor a maximum of 180 days at a time and must leave the country after the expiration of their stay.
Thereare also differences between Q1 visa and Q2 visa.
According to the publicity of Chinese consulates abroad, the object of application for Q1 visa is limited to the immediate family members of Chinese citizens and foreigners with permanent residence status in China, including spouses, parents, parents of spouses, children, children's spouses, brothers and sisters, grandparents, maternal grandparents, and grandchildren.
Q2 visa applicants are only required to be relatives of Chinese citizensand foreigners with permanent residence status in China. In otherwords, foreigners can apply for short-term visits to China as long as they can provide relevant proof of kinship.
In addition, the object of Q1 visa application also includes those who apply for entry into residence for foster care and other reasons. In other words, for parents who are overseas but need to foster their foreign children in the homes of Chinese relatives, they can also prepare the appropriate materials to apply for the Q1 visa for their children.
souces from SFBC