F Visa is issued to an alien who is invited to China for a
visit, an investigation, a lecture, scientific-technological
and culture exchanges.
After the new Foreigner Entry-Exit Administration Regulations
took into effect on Sep. 1, 2013, there are 12 categories
of ordinary China visas, instead of 8 categories.
F visas are less functional than before. If you want to do
business, please apply for an M business visa. If you want
to do short-term study, please apply for an X2
the validity of a single entry, double entry or multiple entries
(F) visa is 90 days or 180 days from the date of issue. This
means the holder of the visa shall enter China no later than
90 days or 180 days from the date of issue, otherwise the
visa will expire and is null and void. The duration of each
stay of a (F) visa ranges from 30 to 120 days, which means
the holder of the visa may stay in China for up to 30 to 120
days from the date of entry.
have entered into China with an F visa, and desire to stay
in China longer than the valid period specified on your current
visa, you can apply for an extension of the visa stay. The
extension of the visa stay period by PSB is only effective
for this entry into China. It does not affect the number of
authorized entries or duration of each stay. Extension of
the visa stay period will not exceed the stay period granted
It is a big improvement as before when you extended your visa,
your current visa would be cancelled at the same time, whatever
how many entries left.