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china visa letter

When it comes to China Business Visa, you may come across with the document call “Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit”. This document also called as red letter, Chinese government visa invitation, or invitation letter.

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It’s true that most of the small and medium scale suppliers are unable to provide this document since they are not eligible to. Suppliers who are able to provide the Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit also often refuse to provide the invitation letter due to the difficulty of the applying process.

How to get this “Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit”?

Chinese Government or Government agency has authority to provide the Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit. You need to have an inviting company in China to obtain it on behalf of you. You can advise your Chinese inviting company – mostly supplier – to contact one of the following agencies to arrange the china visa invitation.

  • Municipal Foreign Affair Office
  • Foreign Economic Relations & Trade Commission
  • International Trade Promotion Commission
  • Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation Bureau

Required Documents to get Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit

  • A passport photocopies
  • Previous Chinese Visa and Entry Details
  • Evidence for the business – custom clearance documents, agreements etc…
  • Return Air ticket
  • Business license of the foreign Company (preferably translated into ENG)
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Hotel confirmation letter

Time to get the approval

After providing the complete document set, it will take 5 to 10 working days to get approval from the relevant department. However, success rate  depends on the completeness of the documents. Now some cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou have online registration system for Invitation Letter. Therefore online invitation letter application, process has become much easier.

Finally, if everything goes smoothly, you will get the Invitation Letter of Duly Authorized Unit which provide you opportunity to get the China Business Visa.

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